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Medal delight for Hughes sisters

PUBLISHED: 09:30 24 December 2015

Havering's Mayi Hughes in high jump action (pic: Tony Benton)

Havering's Mayi Hughes in high jump action (pic: Tony Benton)

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Havering youngsters shine at indoor pentathlon event

Havering's Mayi Hughes in shot putt action (pic: Tony Benton)Havering's Mayi Hughes in shot putt action (pic: Tony Benton)

Havering’s Michelle Hughes picked up where she left off in the summer with victory in the South of England Indoor under-20 Pentathlon at Lee Valley on Sunday.

The 17-year old, who competed for Great Britain in the World Under-18 Championships in Columbia in July, thrived in her multi-event competition in the older age group, opening with a 60m hurdles run of 9.06secs.

Hughes cleared 1.68m in the high jump and never looked back as personal bests in the shot (10.36m) and long jump (5.50m) put her into lead.

A time of 2.32.43 in the 800m saw Hughes finish with a new club record of 3,643 points to claim gold and she will aim to further improve for the National Championships at Sheffield in January, which also serves as the GB selection trials for an indoor international in Spain in February.

Younger sister Mayi went close to topping the podium in the under-17 competition, but had to settle for bronze.

A 60m hurdles run of 9.51 and high jump of 1.54m were personal bests and put her in fourth place.

A winning shot put of 10.33m, and an indoor long jump best of 5.05m kept the younger Hughes in the hunt for medals going into the 800m.

And a time of 2:58.1 was an improvement on recent outings as Hughes won her first Regional medal with a tally of 2,979 points.

n Havering’s Lauren Deadman finished seventh in a strong field at the Lotto Cross Cup event to earn another England vest.

The PE teacher finished a stride behind team-mate Louise Small (Aldershot) and just ahead of Cardiff’s Charlotee Arter to end her 2015 programme in style.

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