South Ruislip long jumper Daniel Bramble is vowing to learn from his mistakes next year after finishing his season on a high by reaching the McCain Jumps & Throws Fest podium on Saturday.
The 21-year-old headed to Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium looking to turn his season around having only managed to add an extra 3cm onto his 2011 legal personal best of 7.65m.
But it wasn’t to be, as Bramble recorded two efforts of 7.43m as well as four no jumps to claim second place, Matthew Burton taking the victory with 7.53m while Scot John Carr was third.
This summed up the Shaftesbury Barnet starlet's season, one of unfulfilled aims as he has struggled to reach his potential in this Olympic year.
But it has done little to dent Bramble’s confidence who is determined to bounce back in style in 2013.
“I am pleased to finish second and although I am not too happy with the distance I still made it to the podium so I can’t complain,” he said.
“This has been a really long season and I haven’t performed anywhere near to my potential so hopefully next year I will do better.
“It has made me more determined to show what I can do so hopefully I will hit the ground running next season.
“You have to take the positives out of the negatives and although it was a bad year I now know what I need to work on so next year I can put that into practice net season.
“This season I was hoping to get over 8m because that distance opens so many doors for you so that is the first aim for next season too and then build from there.”
Bramble was joined in Birmingham by Southall shot putter Kai Jones who finished third with a best effort of 17.62m.
This is a marked improvement from May’s School Games where the Ealing, Southall and Middlesex AC starlet failed to record a throw, and he believes the lessons learnt from that nightmare will stand him in good stead next season.
“The McCain Jumps & Throws Fest was good but I could have performed much better. In training I have been throwing 18m and hoping to do it here but didn’t work out,” the 15-year-old said.
“My season has been full of ups and downs. The season started good but at the School Games nerves got the better of me and I had six no throws and that really threw me.
“But I have learnt to stay focused and to not worry about it so hopefully I can move on now and make it to the world youths next season.”
The McCain Challenge Competition – which covers Indoor Outdoor track and field and Cross Country – is the country's premier domestic athletics series. Supported generously by UKA's Principal Partner McCain, the series provides top quality competition opportunities.
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