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Strabane Academy schoolgirl beats Olympic silver medallist on way to latest victory.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Strabane Academy schoolgirl beats Olympic silver medallist on way to latest victory. thumbnail Castlederg high jumper Sommer Lecky beat Bulgaria's Olympic silver medallist Mirela Demireva and equalled her Irish junior record of 1.86m as she took victory in the IFAM indoor meeting in Ghent, Belgium.

CASTLEDERG high jumper Sommer Lecky continued her outstanding start to 2018 by beating Bulgaria's Olympic silver medallist Mirela Demireva on Saturday.

Lecky, 17, equalled her Irish junior record of 1.86m as she took victory in the IFAM indoor meeting in Ghent, Belgium.

The Finn Valley athlete will represent Northern Ireland at the Commonwealth Games in Australia in April. She won gold at the Commonwealth Youth Games last year and represented Ireland at the European Team Championship.

Sommer's leap in Belgium equalled her 1.86m personal best as she retained the Scottish Senior Indoor title in Glasgow a fortnight a go.

The Strabane Academy pupil's leap added five centimetres to her previous Irish indoor record and was also one centimetre beyond her outdoors best set last summer.

In Belgium, her first-time clearance of 1.86m after a previously clean card ensured she defeated Demireva, who only managed the height at the second time of asking.

The Bulgarian jumped 1.97m to win the Olympic silver medal behind Spain's Ruth Beitia at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Sommer will now set her sights on a third national title at the National Indoors next weekend.

Last year, she broke the previous Irish Youth record on her way to claiming gold in the event, as well as winning the Scottish Open and English Indoor U20 titles in what was a breakthrough season.

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