NEWSOME pole-vaulter Abigail Haywood believes she is well on course for a successful season away from the bright Olympic lights after a morale boosting outing at the Aviva 2012 Trials.
By her own admission Haywood was a side story at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium as compatriots Holly Bleasdale and Kate Dennison set about booking their London 2012 places with gold and silver, respectively.
But the 21-year-old ensured her journey to the second city wasn’t a wasted one as she jumped a season’s best 3.91m to finish seventh.
While Bleasdale and Dennison will be starring in the capital this summer, Haywood is in line for a far quieter season with no international Under 23 competitions on the calendar.
But that doesn’t mean Haywood is about to take her foot of the pedal, looking to better her personal best of 4.00m before the season is over.
“The trials were not too bad for me at all,” she said.
“I jumped a season best which was a lot better than last week.
“I had the England Under 23 Championships last week, which I won but I only jumped 3.75m and I was really disappointed about it.
“So coming to Birmingham I wanted to do a personal best or a seasons best, which I did and that is all I could have hoped for really. I haven’t got any international competitions as with the Olympic Games going on there are no major Under 23 events.
“So I just want to get a new personal best this season and it is all about personal improvement for me, and this is a good start.”
After picking up the England Under 23 title earlier this month in Bedford, adding to the silver she won in May at the BUCS Championships at the Olympic Stadium, Haywood is showing that she is one to watch once the dust has settled on London 2012.
And Haywood insists she is more than happy to bide her time, looking to prove she is one for the future at the end of this year.
“This is really a transition year for me so I want to keep on improving and just keep building on what I am doing,” she added.
“This season’s best gives me hope for that and I want to finish this year well and really hit the ground running for the future.”
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