Hello, as you can probably see my names Michael, I throw the hammer, and this is my first blog!
So far it’s been a pretty hectic year; I’ve just finished my first year of a-levels and am now training hard. I had a small competition in Sweden, which unfortunately didn’t go too well. However I’ve now thrown over 73m and I am currently ranked number 1 in the U20’s in the UK.
I threw over 70m for the first time with the 6kg about a month ago, at the Eastern Counties championships, having had 5 poor efforts, I was very relieved to even get a good attempt, but I was ecstatic that it was 72.02m, which was a 3m personal best! A week later I was at the BIG (Bedford International Games) and improved further to 73.34m, which is the throw that has put me number 1.
Again the next week (on the 16th June) I had another good performance at 72.34m, in the English U20 Championships and World Junior Trials to secure my place in the World Junior team, as I won the competition with a throw over 71m (the qualification mark).
I’m feeling pretty good about my throwing of late, I’m in the best form I’ve ever been in; I backed up the three performances this Sunday in a National Junior league, with a throw of 72.36m, which was a new league record. What made me especially happy about this performance is that I wasn’t feeling great at all and I threw my 2nd best ever distance, and making it 4 throws over 72m, 4 weeks in a row.
In the last few days I had confirmation of my selection for the WJC, it’s now 8 days till we fly out and exactly 2 weeks until I compete, I can’t wait for it!
Unfortunately I haven’t been able to get any photos or videos apart from a link to the video of the U20 men’s hammer at the world junior trials/English championships.