Katy Watts celebrated silver at the British Championships but admitted: I can still do better.
The javelin thrower returned to the podium at the Alexander Stadium for the first time since 2011 following a throw of 48m 99cm.
It was the fourth time the Emsworth talent had claimed a top-three finish – and a second runners-up spot – at the event which doubled up as the UK trials for next month’s World Championships in Moscow.
But with winner Rosie Semenytsh sealing victory with a throw of 49.76, Watts’ latest addition to her medal haul represented a bitter-sweet moment in a career that has seen her stand shoulder to shoulder with Britain’s finest throwers.
The former City of Portsmouth ace, who now competes for Trafford AC, reckons she has plenty more left in the tank after falling short of the British A and B qualifying standards for Russia.
And with a personal best of 52.41 on her CV, she believes a chance to stand tall at the top of the podium perhaps passed her by.
‘I’m really happy to get a medal,’ said Watts.
‘I love being on the podium and it was really good to be up there again.
‘But I’m not throwing quite enough at the moment – I keep getting the same distance, which is very frustrating.
‘I haven’t thrown over 50m yet this season. I’ve thrown six times now and they have all been around 48m or 49m, so I was like “not again”.
‘It’s really frustrating because I’ve been training harder each time and thinking it’s going to come.
‘I definitely think I’ve got it in me – and that’s what’s so frustrating.
‘I know I can beat Rosie also – it’s so achievable.
‘My training has probably been going better than ever, so I don’t know quite why it’s not happening at the moment. But I think it’s still going to come.’
Watts’ bid for a first winners’ medal on the national stage was hampered slightly by a foot problem in the run up to Sunday’s event.
The 32-year-old has been trying to adjust to new insoles and believes that may have affected her technique during six rounds of competition.
She is confident, however, she will soon adapt to the orthotics.
And with plenty of the season remaining, the Commonwealth Games hope believes time is on her hands to achieve her goals.
Watts admitted: ‘My orthotics have changed and the new ones are affecting me physically. I literally only got them last week.
‘I have been using them a few years but got new ones and they have just thrown everything out.
‘It bothers me a little bit but hopefully they will settle down – there’s still plenty to compete for this year.
‘I’m at the Grand Prix on Wednesday at Basingstoke and then there’s a couple of weeks break before the next UK Women’s League match, so hopefully everything will settle down a bit before then.’