Molly jumps to UK number one

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Molly at record height

When young athlete Molly Hole cleared 1.68m – not far short of her own considerable height – to win a High Jump competition at London’s Lee Valley indoor meeting, the talented City of Salisbury rising star not only consolidated her personal best but also donned the mantle as UK number one in her under-15 age group.

For good measure, at the same meeting she also won the shot put with a throw of 12.37m to take third place in the countrywide rankings.

Now 14, Molly joined the Salisbury club six years ago after growing too tall for gymnastics and she thrives on the variety that track and field can offer.

Not put off by having to work for her success, she trains in the gym two or three times a week plus a couple of days at the Five Rivers track in addition to her studies at South Wilts grammar school.

County, club and school netball matches and training have also to be fitted in, as well as staying in the UK javelin top ten. Her sporting interests might be influenced by having PE teacher parents.

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Top of the podium

“I know before long I’m going to have to specialise more to continue improving, but I’m not at that stage yet,” Molly says.

She describes being number one as “pretty cool” but admits it creates lots of pressure and expectation.

“My ambition for now is to stay top in the high jump and improve further at shot put,” she adds. “Some day, I’d love to make it as a GB junior.”