National gold for North Devon's Izzy

Joseph Bulmer

NORTH Devon Athletic Club s Izzy Jeffs returned to form with a bang by claiming javelin gold at the Aviva English Schools Track and Field Championships – but admitted she still left Birmingham with some disappointment.. Izzy, 18, had seen her early-seaso

NORTH Devon Athletic Club's Izzy Jeffs returned to form with a bang by claiming javelin gold at the Aviva English Schools' Track and Field Championships - but admitted she still left Birmingham with some disappointment..

Izzy, 18, had seen her early-season form blighted by a persistent back injury and could finish only ninth at the Aviva European Trials and UK Championships last month.

But while she could manage just 42.93m at the UK Championships she was in sparkling form at the English Schools - surpassing her personal best by a metre and a half with a throw of 50.54m.

However, her return to form was too late in terms of qualification for the World Junior Championships in Canada -which tempered her victory celebrations.

She said: "This competition has been brilliant because I have come away with not just the gold, but also a new personal best, which happens to be a new championship best so I am really happy. But a few of the athletes here are talking about going off to Canada for the World Junior Championships and I am gutted that I am not going. "But I came here and proved to people that I can still throw far and that I am still one to watch with the javelin. Hopefully I can represent Great Britain again soon."

Izzy is supported by the UKA Heroes project. Sponsored by Original Source this is a successful initiative which offers financial support to talented young athletes who are working towards the 2012 and 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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