Corby Athletic Club sprint hurdler Lucy Hatton admits she exceeded her own expectations after setting two personal bests at the Sainsbury’s British Championships.
The 19-year-old would have headed home from Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium after her 100m heat with her head held high as she won the race in a new personal best time of 13.21 seconds.
But Hatton was only just getting started, not only storming to silver behind World Championship bronze medallist Tiffany Porter but once again lowering her personal best as she came home in 13.20.
Her performance came a week after she had claimed the English Under-23 national title ahead of London Olympian Katarina Johnson-Thompson.
And after overcoming tricky weather conditions and a false start, Hatton believes she’s proven she can cope with the pressure on the big stage.
“It was more than I’ve expected for my whole year let alone the weekend,” said Hatton, who hopes to compete throughout the Summer Series – events proudly backed by long-term supporter Sainsbury’s.
“When I ran 13.31 I thought that’s my season so to come to the British Championships and run two PBs, I’m ecstatic.
“It was a tense race. We had the gun go off and I’m not sure what was going on. And with the weather and I could feel my hand slipping [on the start] and I was thinking ‘oh no’.
“But it’s a good story that I can cope with the weather and the gun going off and it shows that I’m able to deal with these sort of pressures which I’m really proud of.
“I’m really happy and it’s such a privilege to be around such good athletes such as Tiffany and everyone else.”
And after missing out on a place in England’s team for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later this month, Hatton says she will now take a short break to decide her next move.
“This was my biggest aim, just to get into this final,” Hatton added.
“So I need to sit down with my coach and have a talk because I’m not going to the Commonwealths. We will see what happens.”
It also proved to be an excellent weekend for William Sharman, who grew up in Corby.
He stormed to the 110m hurdles title in 13.18 seconds.
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