Gold medal­list Jake on high af­ter na­tional win

Univer­sity ath­lete keeps his cool to win in the Steel City

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Sean Davies tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­

BRUNEL Univer­sity high jumper Jake Storey ad­mits he is still in a state of shock af­ter dra­mat­i­cally win­ning gold at the BUCS Na­tion­als in Sh­effield.

Storey joined more than 6,000 other stu­dents in head­ing to the Steel City for the UK’s largest an­nual multi-sport event.

He qual­i­fied for the high jump fi­nal by safely clear­ing 1.95m in qual­i­fi­ca­tion on Satur­day be­fore re­turn­ing to the English In­sti­tute of Sport arena 24 hours later.

It took a jump-off to de­ter­mine the win­ner, but his clear­ance of 2.07m was ul­ti­mately enough to take gold, with fel­low Brunel ath­lete Thomas Howlett set­tling for sil­ver. Storey be­lieves his ad­just­ments dur­ing qual­i­fy­ing made all the dif­fer­ence.

“We started on Satur­day with the qual­i­fiers and I kept fail­ing my first jump, so I just told my­self to con­cen­trate,” said Storey.

“I changed a few things, moved my run-up back and got my se­cond jumps first time. I was quite happy with that. On Sun­day, the warm-up jumps were fine and then I got the first jumps and kept clear­ing them.

“I was think­ing it would put me in a strong po­si­tion in the case of a count­back, which is what hap­pened. I got to the fi­nal jump of 2.07m and it was a jump-off. I just made sure I kept my back straight, arched re­ally hard and just went for it and it hap­pened.

“I was sur­prised the bar stayed on to be hon­est. I was happy. It’s good to do it for the team be­cause there are loads of peo­ple in the stand sup­port­ing you.”

Storey and Howlett were not the only Brunel ath­letes to find suc­cess at the BUCS Na­tion­als as Emma Nwofor and Alex Wort took bronze in the women’s and men’s 60m hur­dles re­spec­tively.

Wort, who is a de­cath­lete by trade, claims he is now full of con- fi­dence ahead of next week­end’s In­door Bri­tish Cham­pi­onships, which dou­ble as tri­als for the World In­door Cham­pi­onships, in Port­land, later this year.

“I’ve been here at BUCS for the past two years. I made the fi­nal last year but I came eighth and so get­ting a bronze makes me feel ec­static,” said Wort. “I’ve got Bri­tish tri­als next week­end which will be a good ex­pe­ri­ence, and then it is into the out­door sea­son.”

Bri­tish Univer­si­ties & Col­leges Sport (BUCS) is the na­tional gov­ern­ing body for higher education sport in the UK, or­gan­is­ing leagues and com­pe­ti­tions for more than 150 in­sti­tu­tions across 52 dif­fer­ent sports. Part­nered by Deloitte, BUCS sup­ports ath­letes from a grass roots level through to Com­mon­wealth and Olympic Games hope­fuls. Go to www.bucs.

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