ROBERT Mohan took an impressive third place at the British Universities College Sport (BUCS) Championships at the Olympic Stadium.
But although the Thurlby thrower continued his fine record of making the podium at national championships, a nagging injury hampered his experience.
Despite having to push himself through the pain barrier, the 21 year-old still eased through qualifying in the shot with 15.43m – and then took a first round lead in the final with 16.07m.
However, the Loughborough University student was surpassed in round two by previous winners Zane Duquemin (St Mary’s) and Rimantas Martisauskas (Leeds Met Carnegie).
And with the weather deteriorating as the final went on, he was unable to improve his distance and was forced to settle for third.
Mohan said: “My body has been falling apart recently and technically I was so bad. So the fact I can get within 20 centimetres of my personal best when throwing like that is positive.
“I injured my right shoulder recently and that affected my training for two weeks. I also have a problem with my left elbow, but they’re just niggles, it’s nothing serious.
“Before I injured my elbow I felt I was throwing better than ever in training. I’m throwing 15.50-16m with a standing throw so I should be able to add a metre-and-a-half to that in competition. That was the worst 16-metre throw I’ve had technically and I know I’m in 17-metre shape.
“It was nice to make the podium at the Olympic Stadium but I know what I’m capable of so on the whole the meeting wasn’t a pleasant experience.
“Hopefully I’ll throw much better at the Olympic Trials. I want to throw at least 17 metres, hopefully 17.50m, this year and ideally I’d like to do it before the trials.”
The event was being held as a test event for the Olympics and although Mohan won’t be competing against the world’s best there in August (he’s currently ranked 10th in the country) he does have an involvement ahead of the Games.
Mohan, whose brother Adam, sister Jenna and mum Jackie all hold club records at Nene Valley Harriers, will have the honour of carrying the Olympic torch in Sleaford on June 27.
• TWO other local aces were in action at the Olympic Stadium as UK Athletics held some other races alongside the BUCS.
Olympic hopeful Julien Adeniran, of Deeping, finished seventh in the 110m hurdles with a season’s best time of 14.07secs – but he was hoping to go quicker and make his mark.
He said: “It didn’t quite go to plan but a setback only paves the way for a comeback.”
Spalding sprinter Chris Craig put in a strong showing in the 200m, clocking 21.64secs running into a headwind to take fifth spot.
Another Spalding ace, international Emily Moss, was entered for the women’s steeplechase – but the race came too soon for her having only just returned to full training following a stress fracture.