Heptathlete O’Dowda aims for podium after seventh place at European Championships

Jade O’Dowda believes her strong European Championship campaign can lay the foundation for an international podium next season.

The Oxford star, 22, battled for a seventh place finish in the heptathlon in Munich this week after a grueling two days at the city’s Olympic Stadium.

O’Dowda won a bronze medal for Team England at the Commonwealth Games but was unable to live up to the searing standard set by Nafi Thiam, Adrianna SuÅ‚ek and Annik Kalin, who clinched places on the podium.

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O’Dowda claimed victory with a jump of 1.80m in the high jump and says the confidence gained in her strongest disciplines – she also finished fifth with a personal best 2:12.03 in the 800m – can propel her to a medal in the future.

She said: “All the events were just solid.

“I think with the performances I’ve put in, I’m happy with my seventh place after two good days of work.

“I had two very good events in the high jump and the 800m, and everything else was nothing special, but nothing terrible either.

“It was a personal best in the 800m and that’s what we planned to do.

“It was a good experience and hopefully one of many in the future.”

O’Dowda kicked off her campaign with an impressive second place finish in the 100m hurdles behind German favorite Carolin Schafer.

Then came that brilliant effort in the high jump before ending the opening day of competition with a seventh-place finish in the shot put and fifth in the 200m.

O’Dowda finished fifth in the long jump and then ninth in the javelin before finishing his championships in style with this challenging 800m race.

Her British teammate Holly Mills struggled to emulate O’Dowda’s consistency, languishing in the standings before eventually retiring ahead of the javelin event with a foot injury.

Mills, who narrowly missed out on a Commonwealth medal to O’Dowda in Birmingham, said: “To be honest, not every event went the way I wanted it to.

“The hurdles didn’t look too bad to me, but it was slower than I thought.

“In the high jump, I just struggled to find my rhythm, so it was a bit low.

“The shot put wasn’t the worst because I was back over 13m, but it’s still below what I’m capable of.

“And in that 200m, I just felt tired from start to finish, and I don’t really know why.

“My body just wasn’t reacting on the floor. So that was a disappointing way to end.”

The European Multisport Championships Munich 2022, including athletics, beach volleyball, canoe sprint, cycling, gymnastics, table tennis, triathlon, rowing and sport climbing, took place from 11 to August 21 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Olympic Games in Germany. town. Daily live coverage was on BBC One, Two, Red Button, BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport website

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