Discus ace Evenden makes Olympic Stadium history at London 2012 test event

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A FORMER Wakefield District Sports Awards winner has cemented her place in Olympic history by becoming the first women’s discus champion at London’s Olympic Stadium.

Hannah Evenden, from Streethouse, threw 43:46m to take the title and stadium record at the BUCS Visa Outdoor Athletics Championships.

The championships is a London 2012 test event as part of the London Prepares series and falls within Universities Week - Evenden is competing for Leeds Metropolitan Carnegie University.

The event drew 1,500 students from all over the UK competing for glory across 15 disciplines in four days from May 4-7.

Not content with scooping the discus title, the former Wakefield Harrier also took silver medals in the shot and hammer events at the championships.

Evenden won the Junior Female Sportsperson of the Year in the Wakefield District Sports Awards in 2007 and has continued to go from strength to strength.

She still lives in Streethouse and studies in Leeds but travels north of the border to compete for Edinburgh.

Several other Harriers also had the experience of competing at the Olympic Stadium as part of the BUCS Championships.

The Thornes Park Athletics club’s leading performer was Jack Hallas, who finished second in the 800m in 1m 50.85s after winning his semi-final in 1m 51.21s. Chiedu Ufodiama came seventh in the discus with a personal best of 43.01m, and Lucy Holmes came eighth in the shot with 11.41m.

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