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Dartford Harriers AC's Grace Clements finishes seventh in the heptathlon at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

By Alex Hoad
Grace Clements, left, and Sophie Stanwell of Australia compete in the women's heptathlon 100m hurdles at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Picture: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Grace Clements’ finished her Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games heptathlon campaign strongly, securing a top-seven finish.

The Dartford Harriers AC star went into the second day in eighth place overall, despite having made a blistering start on Tuesday.

The 30-year-old Delhi bronze medallist – who was initially overlooked for a place in the squad, and only received a late call-up after the withdrawal of World Junior Champion Morgan Lake – started with a point to prove and produced a season’s best time of 14.54secs in the 100m hurdles at Hampden Park.

She produced another season’s best in the high jump with a clearance of 1.75m, a mark which no competitor bettered, but admitted to disappointment as she could only throw 12.66m in the shot put, which was still good enough for fourth in the event and took her sixth overall.

Clements paid for a fast start in the 200m, eventually finishing fifth in her heat in 27.04secs in the final event of Tuesday’s competition.

With three events taking place on the second day of the competition, Clements began with the long jump at midday.

The 30-year-old's best leap of 5.80m was good enough for sixth place in the event and kept her eighth overall, taking her to 4,021pts after five events.

On Wednesday evening she added a further 695 points in the javelin, in which she finished fourth with a throw of 41.97m and then completed the gruelling final event, the 800m, with a time of 2mins 22.80secs, finishing eighth, but sealing seventh place overall with 5,512pts.

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