Heptathlon leaves Kate O’Connor with high hopes.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

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Kate O'Connor admitted her first taste of athletics big time has left her hungry for more after coming an impressive eighth place in the Commonwealth Games heptathlon after two days of action at Carrara Stadium.

The Newry-born prospect - the youngest member of Northern Ireland's 13-strong athletics team for Gold Coast 2018 at just 17 years and five months - was just shy of her personal best in scoring 5695 points, a mere 560 behind England's Katarina Johnson-Thompson who took gold with 6255.

"I am delighted with that," O'Connor said.

"I was happy with my 800 metres and to come eighth in my first major championships is great.

I've learnt how to use the crowd. I definitely came in nervous but I eased into the competition and I need to learn how to use the crowd rather than be scared by it."

On Day 2 of the competition, she produced a best of 5.64 metres in the long jump, the second longest throw of the javelin competition of 46.34m and then finished up by running the 800m in 2:18.30.

"I was good to come out and show I was on form," she added.

"Everything could have been better but it gives me hope for the summer."


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