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Record breaking start to the new year for Sommer

It’s been a good start to then new year for Sommer Lecky

SOMMER Lecky began the 2018 season in record-breaking fashion by setting a new Irish Junior best en route to successfully defending the Senior Women’s high jump title at the Scottish Indoor Championships in Glasgow.

The gifted Castlederg teenager jumped an impressive 1.86m, a whopping 12 centimetres better than runner-up, American Nakita Gray and 22 centimetres higher than bronze medalist Amy Gullen, Central AC.

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That magnificent leap betters Sommer’s previous best indoors by five centimetres and is the perfect fillip as the countdown begins towards her participation in Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast in April.

The gold-winning performance came less than 48 hours after the17-year-old Finn Valley athlete was named the Track and Field Athlete of the Year at the Donegal Sports Awards in the Mount Errigal Hotel.

Sommer was unable to attend Friday evening’s ceremony as she was on her way to competing in the Emirates Stadium and instead dad Adrian accepted the honour on her behalf.

Sommer won her first Scottish Indoor title 12 months ago with a jump of 1.78m.

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