Competing at her first Commonwealth games, local athlete Holly Mills narrowly missed out on the podium in the Heptahlon.
Holly, 22 from Andover gave an impressive performance in Birmingham last week as she finished 4th overall in the Heptathlon. Competitors contested 7 events over 2 days, with their results converted into points and the final standings decided by their overall points tallies.
It started off with the 100 metre hurdles where Holly finished an impressive 2nd place with a time of 13.52s. Next up was the high jump and Holly’s momentum continued as again she finished 2nd with a mighty jump of 1.78m.
Going into the evening the shot put was up next and with an attempt of 12.98m it gave Holly a finish of 3rd in that event and kept Holly in the hunt for a medal. To end the day the last event of the day was the 200 metres in which Holly secured a 5th place finish.
The next day began with the long jump in which finished a respectable close 4th place. The same place was achieved in the Javelin. The last event of the day was the 800 metres and this was the one where Holly shined through as she dominated the field and finished 1st with an impressive time of 2:11.42s winning by over 2 seconds.
Though it wasn’t enough to get Holly onto the podium, but at her first Commonwealth games finishing 4th is a massive achievement. Holly performed exceptionally and her future looks really bright. She is a credit to Andover and it has been a joy to watch one of our own at these games.