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Lincoln Wellington javelin thrower Joe Dunderdale draws inspiration from Team GB stars

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: September 24, 2012

On the up: Javelin thrower Joe Dunderdale has risen up the rankings this year

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Javelin thrower Joe Dunderdale insists he found motivation both internally and externally in 2012 and is eager for it not to go to waste next season.

Although the year is now over for Lincoln Wellington Athletics Club star Dunderdale, the plaudits keep coming for the 20-year-old as it was announced that he finished runner-up in the McCain Challenge Series, this country's premier domestic athletics series, behind Lee Doran.

This is already an achievement for Dunderdale as he finished a place higher than his UK ranking of third would have suggested, but he didn't have to settle for second best on many occasions this year.

In May the Lincoln Wellington Athletic Club ace threw a personal best 74.39m to claim the BUCS Championships title at the Olympic Park, before increasing that distance to 75.73 in becoming the English Under-23 champion just more than a month later.

All this means that Dunderdale heads into 2013 full of confidence of announcing himself on the senior ranks, but if that wasn't enough then being in the capital to witness 'Super Saturday' definitely did the trick.

"I had a good season and I was pleased about coming second in the McCain Challenge Series because I was ranked third in the country so finishing second was a bit of a bonus," he said.

"But I achieved quite a bit and becoming universities champion at the Olympic Stadium was great and then to better that personal best to become under-23 champion was fantastic.

"Unfortunately it didn't quite pan out for me at the Olympic Trials but that was because of some car troubles on the way as the clutch fell off the car which meant I was late and had to rush my warm up.

"This meant I ended up getting cramp in both my calves and I couldn't throw as well as I had hoped which was a real shame because heading into it I was really confident of putting in a really good throw and maybe earning a spot at the European Championships too.

"My Olympic involvement didn't end there though because I was lucky enough to be given some tickets from the BOA and I was in the Olympic Stadium to see Jess Ennis, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford all win gold.

"That was so inspiring and add that to the good year that I have had then I can't wait to see what next season brings."

After car trouble cost Dunderdale a trip to Helsinki the former Sleaford Joint Sixth Form student is targeting some revenge on his continental rivals, eyeing up a trip to Finland next year for the European Under-23 Championships.

But despite looking on his European rivals, Dunderdale is keeping one eye on his seniors on British shores.

"Last year everything really clicked and that means that next season will be the first time I head into a year thinking that a throw of 80m is right around the corner," he added.

"In 2011 I only threw over 70m once but this year I have done it nine times which shows that I am getting consistency better and hopefully I can close the gap on the senior guys ahead of me.

"My first target is the European Under-23s in Tampere and then if everything goes to plan hopefully I can become senior champ and earn myself a trip to Moscow for the World Championships."

The McCain UK Challenge is a nationwide, season long competition comprising a series of events from mid May until August for Britain's top club athletes and aspiring internationals vying for a share in a £30,000 prize fund.

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