Pringle secures an encouraging finish at Championships

Emma Pringle. By Action Images / Steven Paston.
Emma Pringle. By Action Images / Steven Paston.

Emma Pringle battled illness to put in an encouraging performance at the Sainsbury’s British Championships on Saturday.

The 22-year-old’s leap of 12.54m secured her a seventh-placed finish in the event, which was won by Yamile Aldama in 13.60m.

While the Alnwick athlete, who is currently ranked ninth female in the UK for 2014, wanted to jump further, she can still take heart from the performance.

Reflecting on her efforts, she said: “The distance wasn’t quite what I was hoping for, but I had a little bug on the day.

“I felt fine during the event, but after the adrenaline wore off I started to notice it.

“But I have got to be happy with a seventh-placed finish.”

Pringle is still an U23 athlete, but Saturday’s competition was at senior level.

It was also her first taste of an outdoors British Championships and she loved every minute of her experience at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium.

“I enjoyed it. The atmosphere was really good and the support really lifts you,” said Pringle, who lives in Gateshead.

Pringle now turns her attention to a series of league meetings, before she returns to Birmingham for the Jumps and Throws Fest, which is staged over the weekend of July 19 and 20.

She is hoping to make her mark in the Midlands.

Pringle said: “The Jumps Fest is at the end of my season and in previous years I have jumped well at the end of the campaign, so hopefully I can go there and finish with a bang.”

At the end of last month, Pringle landed a season’s best of 12.80m to win gold at the England Athletics U23 Championships.