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Friday, 22 May 2015

Scott jumps for joy

AFTER a dislocated ankle last season saw his university funding cut, Prudhoe triple jumper Scott Hall (right) responded in the best way possible.

Prudhoe's Scott Hall claimed first place in the BUCS triple jump 50059935H000.jpg

For the 19-year-old Northumbria University claimed gold at the British Universities and Colleges Sports (BUCS) Gatorade Nationals in Sheffield at the weekend to leave his mark on the university games.

Hall proved his point as he secured the triple jump crown with a best leap of 15.15m, a season’s best and just two centimetres shy of his personal best.

The result and distance is a far cry from the former Prudhoe High School pupil’s previous outing in Sheffield a fortnight earlier, where he managed just 14.67m in finishing ninth at the British Indoor Championships.

He said: “I’m buzzing. I was going to do the long and triple jumps but my legs weren’t up to it after a tough indoor season so far.

“I came here with an idea that I could win if I jumped my PB and I was two centimetres off so I cannot complain.

“I’m really happy to win because I lost my funding at university last year because I didn’t do too well.

“I dislocated my ankle on one of my jumps at the BUCS Outdoor Championships last year so it feels great to be back and able to prove myself.

“I’ve only got my confidence back after a full winter season where I just couldn’t do the triple jump indoors. I have just started again and it’s been great – I can’t wait to build on it.”