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Golden girl Frost refuses to freeze on GB debut

Golden girl Frost refuses to freeze on GB debut Golden girl Frost refuses to freeze on GB debut
Updated: 11:37 am, Aug 28, 2015

BROMSGROVE athlete Jo Frost kept her cool on the highest stage as she claimed gold at the World Masters Athletics Championships.

The 37-year-old headed to the event in Lyon, France, to make her bow in a Great Britain vest having been selected to compete in the long jump and 100m.

But the enormity of the occasion did not get the better of Frost who landed a record-breaking jump after producing a creditable performance in the sprint.

Having won her 100m heat and come third in the semi-final, Frost was in buoyant mood going in the final, but she could only finish seventh.

If the Bromsgrove and Redditch Athletic Club star did have any regrets about the sprint event, she more than made amends in the long jump.

The competition was led from the start by Australia’s Melissa Foster with a jump of 5.72m, but Frost’s performances improved to bring her into medal contention.

Then, with a personal best jump of 5.91m, she stole the lead. Not only did this jump give her the gold medal and the title of world champion, but it also broke the British Outdoor Masters record which has stood for 30 years.

The victory follows her success at the British Masters Championships earlier in the year where she won both the 100m and long jump.

But the adventure does not end there for Frost, who fits her training around a full-time job at Worcestershire County Council, as her next focus is the European Masters Indoor Championships. The competition will take place next spring in Ancona, Italy, where Frost hopes to compete in both the 60m and long jump.

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