Olympic trials for Hannah

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STREETHOUSE’s Hannah Evenden (above) will compete in the Aviva UK Olympic Trials this weekend.

The 20-year-old will travel to Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium to compete in both hammer and discus events with a place in this summer’s London Olympics at stake.

Evenden, who trains at Thornes Park Athletics Stadium in Wakefield but competes for Edinburgh in the National League, has played down her hopes of qualifying for the Games but is looking forward to the experience of competing against the best British athletes.

“I’ve got to be realistic, I’m quite far behind some of the others who’ll be competing this weekend,” she said.

“I don’t think I’ll qualify, the aim is really for the next Olympics but I’m still looking forward to going down to Birmingham to see how I get on.”

Evenden’s personal best hammer throw of 57.16 metres is still a way short of the Olympic A qualifying standard of 71.50m – and the B standard of 69m – going into the trials.

She’s only been involved in the sport for three years and will look towards next summers European U23 Athletics Championships in Finland as her next realistic target, with the 2016 Olympics in Brazil her ultimate goal.

Hannah competed in the National U23 Championships in Bedford last weekend, finishing sixth in the discus, fourth in a close hammer contest and second in the shot putt.