Sheffield Hallam University student Jessica Taylor smashed her personal best to claim Commonwealth Games heptathlon bronze in Glasgow.
Taylor produced a series of consistent displays across all eight disciplines to score 5,826 points, which took third behind Canadian champion Brianne Theisen-Eaton and Jessica Zelinka.
The 26-year old arrived in confident mood after setting a new personal best in Spain in May – a mark she improved by a slender 13-point margin.
And her medal challenge was undoubtedly helped by the absence of English teammates Katarina Johnson-Thompson, ruled out through injury, and Morgan Lake, who opted to compete at the World Junior Championships.
But that shouldn’t take anything from Taylor, who was competing at her first major senior championships, and seized the opportunity that came her way with both hands.
“It’s an incredible feeling to have a Commonwealth Games bronze medal,” said Taylor. “My ambition coming in was just to try for a personal best and see where that got me.
“To win a medal is just beyond my wildest dreams. I was just happy to get selected and to have the chance to compete in front of this crowd; it’s just an incredible feeling.”
Meanwhile Nick Matthew insists he will be following the example set by previous opponents Papua New Guinea when he continues his bid for a second gold in Glasgow today.
The 34-year-old barely broke a sweat alongside men’s doubles partner Adrian Grant, winning 11-6 11-7 win to top Pool A and qualify for the knockout stages.
“They actually gave us a good game, they hit some killer shots that we couldn’t get back and it is amazing to see them express themselves,” said Matthew.
“That was good fun but it is the calm before the storm because we know now the singles ranking really goes out the window and medals are at stake.”
Karina le Fevre progressed to the fourth round of the mixed doubles with Sam Walker after consecutive wins against Barbados and India.
The 21-year-old, making her second Commonwealth Games appearance, is playing with Walker for the first time and insists they’ve made a promising start.
“I have never played with Sam before, I always play with attackers and I have played with right-handers like him already so it is nothing totally new,” she said.
And over in Edinburgh at the Royal Commonwealth Pool Freddie Woodward was tenth in the 1m springboard final after recording a total score of 340.05.
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