id462-Dominique Blaize 18th in World Juniors Heptathlon in Beijing

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Dominique made a splendid start with a PB 14.11 100Hdls,taking 2nd in her heat,for 963pts;a 1.71 HJ followed;then a 12.23 SP to put her in 6th of the 23 competitors with 1830pts;and,finally,her 25.01 200 completed a highly combative first day still in 6th,with 3392pts. Two Russians were ahead,but Dominique is only 88 points down on the bronze medal position going into Day two.

Day Two commenced less auspiciously;hamstring & ankle injuries hampered her and a 5.76 LJ and 29.46 JT were less than hoped for and,with the 800 to come,4635pts was her score and she was in 11th overall. Sadly,the injuries affected her the more in the 800 but she struggled determinedly round in 2.53.34 - and with only one other athlete outside 2.30.0,she slipped to 18th overall with 5024pts.

It was a brilliant effort to qualify for the GB team but now she can come back home to use the experience to take herself up to another level. What she and Stewart will least want is that Collins fellow shouting 'marks out of ten' from the treetops!

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