Elise scoops super southern silver

Elise Lovell won a silver medal in the senior women's 60m hurdles at the South of England Championships
Elise Lovell won a silver medal in the senior women's 60m hurdles at the South of England Championships
  • Elise Lovell wins silver medal at South of England Championships
  • Hastings AC ace comes second in senior women’s 60m hurdles
  • Lovell clocks new PB of 8.71 in final at Lee Valley
  • 23-year-old heptathlete was up against field of specialist hurdlers
  • Lovell will contest same event at Indoor British Championships

Elise Lovell continued her fast start to 2016 with another terrific result last weekend.

The Hastings Athletic Club multi-eventer won a silver medal in the South of England Athletic Association Senior & Under 20 Indoor Championships at Lee Valley.

Lovell came second in the final of the senior women’s 60m hurdles in a personal best time of 8.71 - 0.11 seconds behind winner Karen Jean-Francois (Harrow AC).

It was 0.02 seconds quicker than Lovell clocked in the same event en route to finishing fifth in the senior women’s pentathlon at the England Indoor Combined Events Championships the previous weekend.

She said: “Again it was a bit of a shock. I think I was ranked sixth or seventh going into it so the aim was to make the final.

“All of them (the other runners) that were there were all specialist hurdlers and it’s really satisfying to think they commit 100% to hurdles and I have to fit six other events in as well.”

I think I was ranked sixth or seventh going into it so the aim was to make the final.

Elise Lovell

Lovell finished second to Jean-Francois in the initial heat and subsequent semi-final, as well as the final, with all three races held in the space of 90 minutes.

She led the final until smashing through the third hurdle with her knee and ankle. That setback dropped Lovell to sixth, but she rallied well to claw back four places by the finish.

Lovell has also achieved the qualifying standard in the 60m hurdles for the Indoor British Championships, which will take place in Sheffield on February 27 and 28.

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