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South Ruislip jumper takes podium place
SOUTH RUISLIP long jumper Daniel Bramble says he will learn from his mistakes after finishing his season on a high by reaching the McCain Jumps & Throws Fest podium on Saturday.
The 21-year-old headed to Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium looking to turn round his season, having added just an extra three centimetres to his 2011 legal personal best of 7.65m.
But it wasn’t to be as Bramble recorded two efforts of 7.43m, as well as four no jumps, to claim second place. Matthew Burton won with 7.53m, while Scot John Carr was third.
It summed up the Shaftesbury Barnet starlet’s season, a time of unfulfilled aims as he has struggled to reach his potential in this Olympic year.
However, it has done little to dent his confidence and he is determined to bounce back in style in 2013.
“Though I am not too happy with the distance, I still made it to the podium so I can’t complain,” he said.
“This has been a really long season and I haven’t performed anywhere near my potential.
“It has made me more determined to show what I can do. Hopefully, I will hit the ground running next season.
“You have to take the positives out of the negatives and, although it was a bad year, I now know what I need to work on so I can put that into practice next season.
“This season I was hoping to get over 8m because that distance opens so many doors for you. That is the first aim for next season, too, and then to build from there.”
The McCain Challenge Competition - which covers indoor, outdoor track and field and cross-country - is our premier domestic athletics series. Supported generously by UKA's Principal Partner, McCain, the series provides top-quality competition opportunities.