Medal is a perfect end to the season

Winner Shannon Hylton, second place Cheriece Hylton and third place Joey Duck (Photo by Stephen Pond - Getty Images)
Winner Shannon Hylton, second place Cheriece Hylton and third place Joey Duck (Photo by Stephen Pond - Getty Images)
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Marshall Milton Keynes star Joey Duck insisted a bronze medal in the 200m at this weekend’s Sainsbury’s British Championships was the perfect way to bring the curtain down on her indoor season.

Duck bowed out of her less favoured 60m in the heats at Sheffield’s EIS on Saturday but was back for more in the 200m 24 hours later.

And this time she didn’t leave empty handed after making steady progress to the final where she clinched third.

It was a strong race for Duck who looked powerful in the middle of the contest and could have taken silver or gold but for impressive performances from Shannon and Cheriece Hylton.

The duo took first and second respectively with Duck coming in 0.27 seconds behind the gold medallist with a time of 23.96 seconds.

Duck admitted it was an unexpected medal and one that can help her rekindle her finest form.

“I decided on Wednesday that I was going to do the 60m because we hadn’t done any this year and tactically it could be a learning curve,” said Duck, who was speaking at the event in Sheffield, which sees Sainsbury’s act as the Major Event Series partner of British Athletics.

“It wasn’t great but I think it probably made me a little bit sharper for the 200m.

“I didn’t expect a bronze. I wanted it but it’s been an up and down indoor season.

“I wanted it and I knew I could get it but last year I ran a lot quicker but that’s how it goes sometimes.

“It’s always a great track to run on here and always very competitive so it’s always nice to finish the indoor season well.

“To get a medal is great. This is it for indoors for me now, it was just a trial and error to see how it went.”

The 25-year-old now turns her attention to training for the outdoor season and says she will be looking toward China and the World Championships in Beijing this summer.

“For me I just try to take every race as it comes and every year as it comes because I’ve had so many injuries and ups and downs that I just want to gradually build each brick,” she added.

“It’s all looking towards the outdoor season now and of course everyone has got their eyes on Beijing.

“Last year got back to where I was running PBs and now we are pushing on because it took a few years to get back from injury so now I’m just looking forward to pushing on from last year.”

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