Everything on track for World Championships, says javelin thrower
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St Albans javelin thrower Mitchell Dutton insists everything is going to plan after he broke his own record and retain his IWAS World Junior Games title in Holland.
The 19-year-old competes in the F38 javelin and is no stranger to success after he threw a world-record distance of 39.73m on his way to gold in Stoke Mandeville last year.
And he showed that he has every intention of making it to this year’s senior World Championships in Doha and next summer’s Paralympics as he repeated the trick this time around.
A throw of 40.11m was enough for Dutton to take gold in the Netherlands and he says the experience will be one he cherishes as he looks to push on to the next level.
“It was a really great experience to go out there and compete in another country and I think that will help me a lot in the future,” said Dutton, who is an SSE Next Generation athlete.
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“I was really determined to win when I went out there and my first throw was 37.63 which is quite good. But then someone threw further and I knew that I would have to produce my best throw to win.
“It was such a good feeling when I let it go and I knew it was going to be far but I wasn’t sure it would be over 40m.
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“To hit that mark is really special, I always thought I could but to do it is a different thing altogether.
“I was so happy to see it land and then see the distance, it was a such a great moment.”
Dutton knows there is still a long way to go before he is able to take on the best seniors in the world, but he wants a crack at the whip later this year.
“It would mean so much to me to go to Doha and represent Great Britain at world senior level,” he added.
“That’s a big goal of mine and hopefully this has shown that I am capable of competing on that level.
“The big goal is the Paralympics in Rio so this is a huge year for me and I’m really excited about what could happen in the next 12 months.”
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