ATHLETICS: Out of sorts Wragby athlete goes on to win after dressing himself down

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Wragby athlete Jim Gillespie was having a bad night’s competition at Loughborough last Wednesday night.

After four rounds out of six in the discus, Jim was lying in last place due to a string of no-throws.

Jim’s answer was to take himself away from the competition, re-focus and “basically have a go at myself”.

And the result was that Jim’s final two throws were the longest of the competition, with his best of 28.45m winning the event. He has now thrown over 28m five times this year, including once over 29m, and is now hoping 30m is not far over the horizon.

Following his success in the discus, Jim then strode confidentally over to the shot put and won that with 8.50m.

Jim said: “The mental side of sport cannot be underestimated. I was totally all over the place in the early rounds of the discus but, when I had calmed down and focused myself, I got it together and threw very well.

“Next weekend, I am travelling to Birmingham to compete at the UK Championships in the discus. Believe me, total concentration will be needed from round one.”

Meanwhile, Jim’s son Kieran improved his shot put personal best by nearly a metre, from 8.11m to 8.90m, at his school sports day.