Lenzie athlete Emma on form in Spain

Lenzie athlete Emma Canning competing for GB in the international pentathlon competition in Salamanca
Lenzie athlete Emma Canning competing for GB in the international pentathlon competition in Salamanca

Lenzie athlete Emma Canning acheieved the second best points total of her career when she represented Great Britain in an international pentathlon competition in Spain.

The 18-year-old, a member of Whitemoss AAC in East Kilbride, won her second GB vest when she was selected for the international match against teams from Spain, Frnace and Portugal in Salamanca.

Emma scored 3602 points and achieved season best performances in hurdles and high jump and an all time best performance in her shot putt.

And while the long jump wasn’t up to Emma’s usual high standard, dropping almost 150 points on what she had hoped for, she showed good maturity to pick herself up and run a solid 800m in her final event to finish sixth overall and help secure a third place prize for the GB team.

Emma said afterwards: “Combined event competitions, such as the pentathlon, are all about delivering solid performances and amassing the points as we go through the different elements.

“I was disappointed with one or two aspects of the day, particularly my long jump as it’s normally one of my best events.

“The good thing is that my coach and I can see where I can pick up the next couple of hundred points and we’ll sit down to discuss doing just that.”

Emma also thanked her parents and coach for travelling to Spain to support her.

She will now close up her winter season and is looking forward to working hard on building strength and speed for the summer season.