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BUCS GOLD FOR STEVE DESPITE INJURY FEARS

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Steve Turnock pushed through the pain barrier to win gold in the javelin at the BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sport) Championships in Bedford with a stunning display of throwing which saw him beat off two previous BUCS champions and coming very close to his personal best set back in 2013. Turnock took just one throw in the preliminary rounds to qualify for the final, pushing out to 68.53 in perfect weather conditions. Unfortunately the following day he encountered shoulder problems, and following a massage and taping it was still touch and go if he started the final. Now with cool cloudy conditions and a stiff right to left cross wind last year’s winner and  qualifier leader Greg Millar opened the competition with a 66m throw. Turnock’s first of 68.47 took the lead that he held throughout the competition but Millar did not give up without a fight and he clawed back to within 5cm of Turnock’s best with a 68.42m in the final round. Matt Hunt, also a previous winner, took the bronze medal with 62.34. Turnock’s next competition will be the Loughborough international on 22 May, an important competition opportunity for developing senior athletes as the build-up to the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia begins.

Lucy Fligelstone came 2nd in her heat of the 400 hurdles in 65.4, claiming 6th in the final in 64.47. Miranda Hardacre set a new lifetime best in the 800 in 2:30.04 for 8th place in her heat

Steve Turnock - BUCs Gold 2016