Emily takes a brilliant silver in Hungary

Emily Williams won silver in the girls 1500m at the European U18 Championships
Emily Williams won silver in the girls 1500m at the European U18 Championships

Emily Williams claimed a superb silver medal in the girls 1500m at the European Athletics U18 Championships in Gyor, Hungary.

The Kettering Town Harriers star, who was earning her first full Great Britain & Northern Ireland vest, showed great composure to take second place in a race dominated by Ireland’s Sarah Healey.

Williams, who qualified with ease in the heats earlier in the weekend, ran a controlled race, striding away to take the silver.

As the pace picked up over the final lap, a gap opened for the top three and the Kettering athlete managed to hold her form in the closing stages.

Afterwards, she said: “Oh my gosh, it sounds unbelievable (to be a European U18 silver medallist).

“I’ve mixed between the 1500m and 800m all season and I think my speed really helped me in the final part of the race.

“I was nervous – but I could see that three of us had moved away from the others.

“The pace picked up with 200m to go and I knew I had to go with it because I really wanted a medal.”