Hazel looks to London after great performance

louise hazel in action from daegu
louise hazel in action from daegu

Louise Hazel put up a very good performance to finish 15th with 6,149 points at the World Championships in Daegu last week.

The March athlete once again showed she produces her best on the big occasions as she was just 17 points outside her personal best she set when winning the Commonwealth Games title in Delhi last year.

Hazel, who recorded 6,166 in Ratingen, Germany, in July, gave it her all in the 800m in the final event of the competition, but just missed out on setting new figures.

She had a fantastic start to the competition with two personal bests in the first two events of the heptathlon on Monday.

She was fourth in her 100m hurdles heat with a personal best 13.24 sec and then also excelled in the high jump with a best ever 1.74m and had 1992 points.

The March athlete threw a seasonal best in the shot putt with 12.36m and then won her heat in the 200m in 24.25 to finish the day in 16th position with a total of 3,634 points.

The second day began with 6.25m in the long jump to climb to 13th place, but she then slipped down to 16th with 5,262 points after a disappointing throw in the javelin with 41.75m.

Her aim before the start was for a personal best score in the event and she came so close to achieving that when sixth place in her 800m heat with a time of 2m 15.44 secs just outside a personal best and brought her 887 points.

She said: “I really went for it in the 800m as I wanted to secure a personal best, but I was just outside. “But 6,149 points, you can’t say fairer than that. I put in my best. I’m really pleased with my overall performance.

“I’m just looking forward to the Olympics in London next year now. Me and my coach Aston Moore have already identified that we need to step up strength-wise. None of my disciplines gives me any worries really, I was so calm and positive over the two days.

“The one I’ve been working really, really hard on was the high jump so I was really pleased to sky that one at 1.74m. The 1.77m did feel like a step at the next level so I want to make sure I can reach those heights next year.

“But I definitely worked hard in the high jump and the shot and they didn’t let me down so I’m really pleased.”