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-We tend to post the positives on social media - the aim is to showcase all that is good. However, it does not always go to plan and that is life…
At the recent British World Champs Trials Leigh fouled out in the long jump. That there were only nine in the field and that she was the only one to leave after three rounds meant the pill was a harder one to swallow.
Her jumps - and two were minimal fouls - would have easily made the cut. However, it was not to be.
LESSONS TO BE LEARNT
I had told Leigh “to be in the moment”, to be in “control” of what she was doing, that she “only” needed 5.90m to make the final, but for whatever reasons it did not happen. Let me try to explain…
You take your run-up back but you still foul.
I’ve been there, I’ve coached this … tell the athlete to keep it tight to run the same and distribute speed as they always do in training, but a competition and a high-level one is just not the same.
Adrenaline, nerves, desire, fear, all kick-in.
Mistakes happen after all the athlete is human.
As Leigh approached the baord six to seven steps out on her third attempt I knew it would be a foul. She had over-cooked it and was runing faster than the previous two attempts. She was covering more ground,
The jump was long and it and a clear foul. A real head in hands moment.
But that is the nature of sport.
There’s not too much you can say in the aftermath … I try to focus on the positives - in this case the length of the jumps (albeit fouls) and an improvement in technique. (Leigh was getting a better take-off and more hight.) So, it won’t be long before the fouls count.
It’ll be a totally different mood. The lessons will be learnt and the learning implemented.
Look out for a specific video on this on my YouTube channel soon.