DERG high jump sensation Sommer Lecky produced the performance of a lifetime to clinch a silver medal at the U20 World Championships in Tampere, Finland yesterday (Sunday).
Competing against the very best young jumpers on the planet, the supremely-gifted Castlederg teenager cleared an incredible 1.90m to claim runners-up spot behind Belarusian athlete Karyna Taranda (1.92m). Columbian Maria Murillo was third
In capturing silver the 17-year-old Finn Valley AC athlete twice exceeded her previous best of 1.85m as well as twice smashing the U20 Irish national record. In leaping 1.90m the Strabane Academy student also hit the qualifying mark for the European Championships in Berlin next month.
Shortly afterwards the 2015 UH Sports Personality winner admitted that her remarkable performance hadn’t yet sunk in.
“I just can’t believe it. I can jump higher but in competition you can only to jump what’s in front of you and I’m thrilled to have cleared 1.90m. Initially I didn’t even know I had medalled,” she said.
If it were possible, it could have even been better for Lecky, who was just a whisker away from matching Taranda’s gold-medal clinching jump of 1.92m.
At the third attempt the Derg girl clipped the bar with her heel to leave Taranda in the clear.
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