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Grace Clements revels in Commonwealth Games experience

By Alex Hoad

Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Grace Clements said she would have been happy had she come last in the heptathlon in India.

The 26-year-old Dartford Harrier produced consistent performances in all seven disciplines on Friday and Saturday to take third overall with a personal best of 5,819 points.

Clements came sixth in the 100m hurdles in 14.18sec before finishing fourth in the high jump and shot put with 1.72m and 12.78m respectively.

She was seventh in the 200m in 25.88 but took third in the long jump with 6m and second in the javelin with 43.67m.

She consolidated her medal place after finishing second in the 800m in a fine 2min 16.06sec, well adrift of England team-mate Louise Hazel, who took gold with 6,156, 56 points clear of Canadian Jessica Zelinka in second.

Clements, who collected her bronze on Sunday with her parents looking on, said: "The whole experience was special for me, especially as my mum and dad were able to be here."

The former Dartford Grammar School for Girls pupil added: "I came here with no expectations on me and no pressure.

"I went out to enjoy myself and enjoyed the experience.

"I didn’t know what to expect but it was great competing in a big stadium in front of a big crowd. I had three Indians in my competition and it was heartwarming to see the support they were getting.

"I would have still enjoyed the experience if I’d come last but to come away with a medal is special.

"I hoped the occasion might help bring out some personal bests but at the same time I didn’t want to crumble under the pressure of a big competition.

"I didn’t set personal bests, I was just consistently quite good.

"I guess that’s the point of combined events. I managed to get through without any disasters and I set a personal best overall."

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