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Havering’s Hughes wins Ivy League title for Harvard

PUBLISHED: 16:00 27 February 2017

Havering's Zoe Hughes celebrates her Ivy League pentathlon title in the United States (pic Kebba Tolbert/Harvard University)

Havering's Zoe Hughes celebrates her Ivy League pentathlon title in the United States (pic Kebba Tolbert/Harvard University)

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Pentathlete breaks records in United States

Havering’s Michelle Hughes, now known by her middle name of Zoe, produced an astonishing performance to set five career bests and four new club records in winning the Ivy League pentathlon title for Harvard University at the Armory Track in New York on Saturday.

Hughes set the scene with a new personal best and club under-20 60m hurdles record with her 8.71secs run to take an early lead from which she never looked back.

A respectable 1.64m high jump was followed by a winning shot put of 12.07m which was another club under-20 record, some 1.37m further than her previous best.

A third club record fell in the fourth event, where her 6.07m long jump leap improved her own club mark and personal best by over 20 centimetres, and Hughes rounded off her superb day with a new best of 2.21.62 to win the 800m and give her a final points score of 4,093 to win the Ivy League title.

The score not only beat Hughes’ recent club under-20 pentathlon best, but took her past Kate Cowley’s club senior record and tops the current UK rankings and is the fifth best ever by a UK under-20, edging out a certain Jess Ennis’s 4,089 score.


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