Javelin thrower Katy Watts gave her Olympic dream the perfect confidence boost with a record-breaking throw at the Sussex Track & Field Championships.
The City of Portsmouth ace smashed the Crawley event’s long-standing women’s throws record with a season’s best effort of 50.72m on Saturday.
It gifted the London 2012 hopeful the overall title.
And it puts her in the unique situation of holding both the Hampshire and Sussex records, having competed in the Hampshire senior championships earlier in her career.
With the English seniors and the Olympic trials on the horizon next month, it was the perfect preparation for what promises to be an action-packed couple of months.
And Watts is looking forward to what next month may bring, with a place in the Great Britain team the ultimate goal.
‘I’m really pleased with my winning throw,’ said Watts.
‘I don’t really throw that well so early in the season, so to get the Sussex record was excellent.
‘I wanted to throw at least 50m beforehand, which I knew would break the record.
‘To achieve it, therefore, was good.
‘All the events this season have been moved forward because of the Olympics.
‘I know have the national championships and the trials to aim for now – hopefully I’ll be able to peak for them.
‘My throws on Saturday definitely mean I’m in good condition to do so.
‘I’m hoping for a really good end to June.’
The 31-year-old from Emsworth is no stranger to competing in the big events having been one of the country’s elite throwers over recent years.
Saturday’s season’s best propelled Watts up to third in the British rankings, giving her belief she can replicate, if not better, her top-three finishes at the English seniors and Aviva World Trials & UK Championships last year.
‘Hopefully, I’ll medal at both (English seniors and Olympic trials),’ she said.
‘The competition is wide open if you take Goldie Sayers out of the equation.
‘And, with me throwing my best-ever throw for this early in the season, I’m definitely in good shape.
‘I feel I can build on that and throw a PB that will put me into Olympic contention.’
Watts added she missed not competing in the Hampshire championships, with her Emsworth address making her illegible for the Mountbatten Centre-based event.
She also congratulated City team-mate Michael Muckelt, who won the under-20 men’s javelin competition.
‘It’s a bit weird not competing in the Hampshires,’ she said.
‘I’ve always done them but they are the rules, I suppose.
‘The competition in Sussex isn’t that great but I was just concentrating on my own throws.
‘To get a Sussex record was very pleasing, as was hearing Michael had won his event with a massive PB.’