Serena Vincent jumps into top spot in the world under-20 women’s shot rankings

Serena Vincent is now ranked number one in the world in the under-20 women’s shot.

Tuesday, 15th September 2020, 10:02 am
Serena Vincent is now ranked number one in the world in the under-20 women's shot. Picture: Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

The City of Portsmouth AC member claimed top spot after a personal best throw in an event at the Mountbatten Centre at the weekend.

The competition was organised by the newly-former South of England Track & Field Academy, set up by Portsmouth-based coaches Paul Jones and Gary Sprake.

Vincent recorded a throw of 16.10 to move to the top of the world list at her age group.

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She is believed to be the first UK athlete ever to be number one in that event in that age group.

There were other superb performances as well in an event limited to field events only and held behind closed doors due to the pandemic.

Portsmouth’s rising star Callum Taylor celemented his second place in the under-17 men’s javelin rankings with a 66.14m throw.

It was a new personal best distance and a club record as well.

Three other Portsmouth athletes also impressed.

Jack Holt recorded a 35.42 personal best in the under-15 javelin, while Erin Lloyd produced a 31.25m hammer throw in the under-17 women’s category.

Gabriella Jones recorded a 30.88m personal best discus throw, also at under-17 women’s level.

‘We had a great day,’ said Jones. ‘There was lots of individual feedback from both athletes and parents and cCoaches letting us know what a great event it was.’