BOSTON hammer thrower Dominic Sykes admits he’s over the moon with his Sainsbury’s UK School Games bronze – but is left to rue the fact he won’t get the chance to come back and turn it into gold.
The 16-year-old will be too old to compete at next year’s competition, but after a best effort of 58.04m – just 52 centimetres short of his personal best – he ended his games with a medal around his neck.
And Sykes, who attends Boston High School, could not hide his delight at taking his place on the podium in the Steel City.
“I am absolutely buzzing about the bronze medal – I can’t really believe it,” said Sykes, who competes for Lincoln Wellington AC.
“It was very, very close to a personal best and it felt really good. I could have gone further but I am not going to complain as I couldn’t have really asked for more.
“This was my first UK School Games and to win a medal in my first one is really pleasing because there are so many good athletes competing and the competition is so strong.
“I would have loved to come back to see if I could turn the bronze into the gold but I am too old so unfortunately I can’t which is pretty gutting.
“But one appearance and one medal I can’t really complain and so I am happy.”
Meanwhile, there was more to celebrate for Boston High School as 15-year-old Maria Hollingsworth also won bronze – coming home in third in the 80m in 11.96 seconds.
“I am really happy with the bronze – over the moon really,” she said. “It was a good race and it was really tough but still really enjoyable.
“I had a bit of a stumble at the start which meant I was a bit slower than perhaps I could have been but it was still alright and I am not too disappointed.
“I’m not going to get caught up thinking about what if I hadn’t stumbled because you can’t do that and you have just got to keep on moving forward.”