ATHLETICS: Neill setting her sights high for 2014

GOING FOR GOLD: Chantmarle discus thrower Holly Neill

GOING FOR GOLD: Chantmarle discus thrower Holly Neill

First published in Sport Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Sports Reporter

WORLD bronze medallist Holly Neill doesn’t want to break her personal best in the discus this year – she wants to smash it by more than two metres.

And judging by how her training has been going there is every chance the 24-year-old from Chantmarle can break the 25m barrier.

As well as targeting that new mark, Neill also has her eyes on gold at the European Championships in Swansea at the end of the summer.

“I’m number one in Europe so hopefully I’ll be going for gold,” she told Echosport. “There’s a bit of pressure on me to get gold.

“Being number one I should do it but who knows whether I will on the day.”

And on her personal best, she added: “There is room for improvement. My personal best is 22.49m but I want to go for 25m.

“I’ve got it in training so if I can relax in competition I have a good chance of getting it.

“I’m starting the season with a few local competitions to get back into things then I’m hoping to go to the IPC Grand Prix events in Tunisia and Berlin.”

Should she get the International Paralympic Committee’s qualifying standard, this year’s Europeans in South Wales will be her first.

But given how she performed on her World Championship debut in Lyon last year, it is clear Neill doesn’t fear competing on the big stage.

The F41 class athlete threw 21.54m in France to land the bronze behind Tunisians Raoua Tlili and Fathia Amaimia.

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