ATHLETICS: Harryman comes within a whisker of national gold (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Epping's Naomi Harryman just misses out on gold medal at Under-17 England Indoor Pentathlon Championships
Epping's teenage sensation Naomi Harryman came within half a second of winning the Under-17 England Indoor Pentathlon Championships in Sheffield last weekend.
Harryman, 15, went into the final event, the 800m, needing to beat her rival by at least four seconds to take the title but the youngster crossed the line just 3.5 seconds in front and had to settle for silver.
While disappointed not to win gold, Harryman's second place continues her exciting run of form since she more than matched older competitors at the Under-17 English Schools Heptathlon finals last year.
Harryman, who is based in Thornwood Common but trains in Harlow, came second in the 60m hurdles with a time of 9.15 before wiping the floor with the rest of the field in the high jump with 1.65.
The teenager then registered 8.19 in her weakest event, the shotput, but bounced back with a personal best of 5.52 in the long jump to put her in the top six going into the last event.
Trailing the leader by 41 points, Harryman produced a gutsy performance to finish first in the 800m but was just unable to close the gap. She finished on 3,469 points overall.
Harryman now has her sights set on going one step further at the England Outdoor Heptathlon Championships in August where she will also compete in the javelin and the 200m.