The successor to British women’s shot put greats such as Judy Oakes, Myrtle Augee and Dame Mary Peters could be Nene Valley Harriers’ Hannah Molyneaux.
The Geoff Capes-coached youngster from Bourne, who turns 14 tomorrow, collected an early birthday present by winning the under-15 girls shot put title at the England Athletics Age Group Indoor Championships in Sheffield.
Hannah, ranked number one in the UK at under-15 level, lived up to her favourite’s billing with an average-for-her throw of 12.69m to take the gold by almost 40cms.
After winning both the English Schools and South West Schools junior girls titles last year, Hannah’s family decided to move to the area after Capes, twice Commonwealth and European indoor champion, agreed to coach her.
Judith Jacobs, Harriers’ assistant junior coach, said: “This is a young athlete who has the ability and attitude to go far and although 12.69m wasn’t one of her best throws this year, it was sufficient to win the title.”
In the under-20 mens 400m, Donington’s Ashley Sandall and Thurlby’s Ollie Dilloway both reached the semi-finals.
Another Thurlby athlete, James McCrae, dipped under four minutes for the first time in the under-20 men’s 1,500m final and Deepings sprinter Nathan Pickering ran a new club record of 7.71s in the under-15 boys 60m.
Langtoft’s Jasmine Allen competed in the under-15 girls 200m where, after initial disappointment at failing to make the semi-finals, Jasmine smiled when she realised that her time of 27.25s was a new indoor club record.
Emma Hornsby of Bourne, competed in the under-20 ladies long jump and leapt out to 5.32m after a period where the Bourne Grammar School sixth-former has been out of practice for the event.