Monday, 21 May 2012
A University of Worcester student threw a personal best at the Olympic Park to take fourth place in the Javelin at the recent BUCS Outdoor Athletics championships.
Jason Copsey admits that he went into the final as the underdog, but with perfect conditions, he managed to throw 63.51m. His previous personal best was 62m.
“I really didn’t think it went that far as I felt like I didn’t hit the javelin as well as I could, so I was ecstatic and I knew there was more in the 'tank' so to speak,” Jason said. “This throw put me in third position for two rounds. But I then dropped to fourth following an improvement of a respectable throw from one of the favourites to win the competition.”
Jason, a third year Environmental Management student at the University, is currently ranked second in his home nation, Wales, and 16th in Britain. Twenty-one-year-old Jason is hoping to increase his throw to at least 75m, the standard for the Commonwealth Games, within the next two years.
“To finish fourth in the BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sports) final after being seeded 10th going into the competition was a great feeling and a massive achievement knowing I'd beaten athletes that had greater PBs than me,” said Jason, who hails from Cwmbran in South Wales. “It was an honour as chair of the newly-formed University of Worcester Athletics Club and in my final year of study to represent the University of Worcester at the Olympic stadium against the likes of Loughborough, Bath, Sheffield and UWIC.”
Jason has also just become East Wales champion for the third year running winning with 61m. He will compete in the Welsh Championships later this year in Cardiff and may compete in the Aviva Olympic Trials and UK Championships in Birmingham in June, depending on selection.
“Ultimately I would love to compete at the Commonwealth Games and then one day the Olympics,” Jason said. “It would be an absolute dream.”
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