A SHELL-SHOCKED Jordanna Morrish admitted her performance at the Sainsbury's British Championships was beyond her wildest dreams after she left Birmingham with high jump silver and a new personal best, writes Chris Bailey.
The Alexander Stadium is fast becoming Jordanna's favourite venue as the 17-year-old, from Skinner's Bottom, near Redruth, returned to the West Midlands one week after a third place and a 1.75m personal best at the English Schools' Championships.
And she went one better this time and smashed her own expectations at the British Championships, with a jump of 1.77m only beaten by Edinburgh's Emma Nuttall, who took gold with 1.87m.
And Jordanna, a former Truro High School pupil, who is now at Millfield, revealed she was a bundle of nerves while competing at the Alexander Stadium, but believes her dream week can spur her on to bigger and better things.
"It was a complete shock, I didn't think I'd be anywhere near the medals so to come second was incredible," she said.
"To get a personal best was amazing, I came to the Alexander Stadium the week before and got one so to get another is unbelievable.
"Up until last weekend I'd been jumping terribly for a year so I didn't think I was getting anywhere with the high jump, but these last two weeks prove that isn't the case and I can keep on going,
"It was so scary to be there, it's intimidating and something completely new but it's an amazing experience. Now I want to keep improving for the rest of the season and who knows what will happen next year.
"It was very distracting having the cameras and watching myself on the screen, it kept catching my eye, but I tried to get over that and block everything out to just imagine it's a normal competition."
Meanwhile long-distance runner Emma Stepto of Cornwall AC admitted she is more used to road running than competing in a stadium but battled through blazing heat to finish seventh in the 5,000m.
Stepto, from Treskillard, near Redruth, clocked 16:42.16minutes as Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Steph Twell, the oldest competitor at the Championships, took gold, but the 43-year-old believes it proved a useful exercise as she gears up for marathons later this year.
"I've only ever done the 5,000m four or five times in my life, so I just wanted the experience of running at this level because you learn so much from the other girls," said Stepto.
"I wanted to kick at the end but the heat just saps you, so for the girls at the front to run like that was fantastic.
"I'll be targeting a marathon hopefully in August, September time, so it's a case of back to the mileage for me.
"I was very chuffed not to get lapped and not finish last. So proud to be there for Cornwall and all my friends at Cornwall Athletic Club. I would really like to thank everyone so much for the amazing support. I'm so lucky and really appreciate it."
Sainsbury's British Championships is the second event in the Sainsbury's Summer Series. For more information on Sainsbury's support of world class athletics and disability sport go to www.sainsburys-live-well-for-less.co.uk/occasions/anniversary-games
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