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Havering’s Hughes improves club hurdles record

PUBLISHED: 13:00 19 April 2017

Zoe Hughes, in action for Havering, broke a club record while competing in the United States (pic Tony Benton)

Zoe Hughes, in action for Havering, broke a club record while competing in the United States (pic Tony Benton)

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Heptathlete impresses at event in United States

Havering’s Zoe Hughes improved her club under-20 100m hurdles record on the way to a massive improvement in her heptathlon best at a combined events competition in California.

Hughes clocked 13.78secs to beat her recent mark of 13.90 and equalled the second-fastest time ever by a Havering woman, just short of Kate Cowley’s 13.70 senior mark.

A high jump clearance of 1.60m was followed by an outdoor shot best of 11.77m and 200m time of 25.19 to see Hughes finish the first day in fifth place with 3,261 points.

Another outdoor best came in the long jump with a 5.99m leap and Hughes threw the javelin 32.52m to add over two metres to her previous best.

That left Hughes needing to run 2.20 in the 800m to score enough points to reach the UK Athletics standard of 5,450 points, but she clocked 2.20.75 and although two seconds faster than her outdoor best, it left her just six points short with a total of 5,444.

Nonetheless, Hughes’ latest effort in clinching fifth place added a massive 473 points to her previous club best and it can only be a matter of time before she matches the UKA standard for the European under-20 Championships in Grosseto, Italy in July.

*This weekend sees Havering’s promoted under-13 and under-15 squads start their Youth Development League Southern Premier Division campaign at Bracknell.

They will compete against the hosts, Blackheath & Bromley, Portsmouth, defending divisional champions Southampton, and Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow, but will be missing a number of their middle distance stars who will be resting as they are competing for the Havering Borough team at the London Mini Marathon the next day, where club athletes make up the bulk of the teams

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