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Report by: Bryan Murray

Press Report - 8th June 2001

Sarah Drake - Top ranked U17 hammer thrower 2001
Sarah Drake has recently recorded the longest hammer throw in the country this year for an U17 athlete.

The Wakefield Harrier hurled the hammer an amazing 41.67m at Thornes Park in the Northern Women's League meeting and is now the number one ranked athlete for her age in the discipline. The 15-year-old from Ossett, has also been performing well at county and regional level.

She came first in the Yorkshire U17 competition at the Don Valley Stadium in Sheffeld and second in the Northern Counties meeting at Cudworth.

Coach Mike Swain said: "We have been developing her technique over the last 18 months. I knew she was ready for a personal best and it happened on Sunday."

Mike, who has also groomed team mate Helen Taylor for success, is confident that she can break into the Great Britain team if she continues to progress well over the next year.

Dad Ian Drake said: "I'm absolutely delighted and proud of Sarah. Her record is an improvement of 3 metres on her previous best throw." He added that Sarah is doing her GCSE exams at the moment and she will continue in the sport at sixth form college and at university where she hopes to study accountancy.

Wakefield and District Harriers & AC is gaining a growing reputation for throwing events. The hammer event for young girls is relatively new, but it has already produced the likes of Helen Taylor and Sarah Drake.

Mike only took up coaching so he could train his young son, but he has now successfully produced two winners with a bright future.