Breagha Campbell gained two personal bests as she powered to a bronze medal at the English Schools pentathlon final.
The 14-year-old Herne Hill Harriers’ athlete placed third in the junior pentathlon at the ESAA English Schools Combined Events Championships at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium, but later said she was ‘annoyed’ after finishing just four points behind Georgia Doyle-Lay in the silver medal position.
The pentathlon sees athletes compete over five events: 75m hurdles, shot, high jump, long jump and 800m. After the 75m hurdles, Campbell was well adrift of the medals in 12th out of 39 competitors, before a throw of 8.68m in the shot moved her up to ninth.
She gained a further three places by recording a personal best of 1.57m in the high jump, followed by another personal best in the long jump, with Campbell breaching the five-metre mark for the first time with a leap of 5.01m to move into fourth.
Despite comfortably beating Doyle-Lay’s time in the 800m, Campbell’s run of 2:27.26 was only good enough for third place overall, leaving her an agonising four points behind her rival.
Campbell’s latest success came just a fortnight after she won gold in the U15 girl’s pentathlon at the Surrey County Combined Events Championships at Carshalton.