Triple-jumper Emma Pringle said she was ‘over the moon’ after winning a gold medal at a major competition – and leaping to a new personal best (PB) in the process.
The 21-year-old took first prize at the BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) Championships, in Bedford, over the bank holiday weekend.
To add icing to the cake, she landed top spot with a 12.88m PB, in what was her first outdoor competition of the season.
Pringle, from Alnwick, believes the performance puts her in good stead for the rest of the campaign and sets her up nicely for trying to break the 13-metre barrier.
“It is unbelievable. I didn’t really have any expectations going into the competition, so to come away with gold and a personal best – I am just over the moon,” reflected Pringle, who was representing Newcastle University.
“I didn’t expect to jump a PB in what was my first outdoor competition of the season, so I am absolutely ecstatic. I worked hard during the winter and it is a good indication for the season to come.”
Pringle, who was ranked second going into the competition, was also delighted at the consistency of her jumps, which included a 12.78m in qualifying and a 12.77m opening jump in the final.
It was the first time that Pringle had won at the BUCS Championships, having competed twice before.
Her gold also meant she completed a medal hat-trick at the Championships, having bagged a bronze and a silver in previous years.
“I’ve got the whole set now,” said Pringle, who is a Gateshead Harrier.
“It was the third time I have competed in the competition and had got a bronze and a silver in previous years.
“So it was high time that I got a gold – and I am delighted that I did.”
Will she defend her title next year?
“I am thinking about doing a Masters next year. So if I do, then I will be back at the Championships,” she said.