Corby’s Lucy Hatton admitted she surprised even herself after storming to 60m hurdles silver at the European Indoor Championships in Prague.
Despite missing the qualifying standard by just 0.01 seconds, Hatton was handed a plane ticket to the Czech Republic by the powers that be.
And the 20-year-old was clearly keen to make the most of her second chance as qualified from the heats with the fastest time, coming home first in a new personal best time of 7.96 seconds.
She didn’t stop there though as she returned to the track and lowered her best by another 0.03 seconds as she finished her semi-final second behind Belarus’ Alina Talay.
However she was saving her best for last and she once again recorded a personal best in the final, her time of 7.90 good enough for silver with compatriot Serita Solomon claiming bronze, also in a new best of 7.93.
Talay went on to claim gold in a national record time of 7.85 but despite missing out on the gold medal there was no dampening Hatton’s mood.
“I’m lost for words and very thankful and just very happy right now,” she said.
“All I said was if I got into the final I’d be very proud and I’m just so happy with everything that’s happened and it’s been the best experience. I’m just looking forward to the future!
“It’s been emotional. Before the final I was in tears because just the whole experience in itself is so amazing and the pressures, just everything.
“I’m so happy it’s done so I can go celebrate and cry my eyes out and then be happy!”
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