Norwich’s Katie Vickery among those to impress at Sportshall finals in Birmingham

Norwich's Katie Vickery etched her name alongside Olympic medallists Kelly Sotherton and Mark Lewis-Francis with a bronze at the Aviva Sportshall final in Birmingham.

The Sprowston Community High School pupil claimed bronze in the vertical jump on the eve of her 15th birthday in a competition she won silver two years ago.

With finishes of seventh in the speed bounce and 17th in the four-lap relay, Vickery also fought her way to ninth in the all-round competition.

And after writing her name into the Sportshall history books alongside the likes of Sotherton and Lewis-Francis – who tasted success in 1992 and 1998 respectively – Vickery admitted there were multiple causes for celebration in Birmingham.

'To win a medal at Sportshall was a brilliant experience for me and it means I can gain confidence from it and carry it forward,' she said.

Vickery was just one of a host of medal-winners from Norwich. Thorpe Saint Andrew School pupil Tom Lake took silver in the speed bounce, while also finishing third in the six-lap time trial alongside fellow Norwich representative Ashley Cooper.

City of Norwich AC ace Jack Deardon claimed silver in the standing triple jump with a leap of 7.26m, while Notre Dame High School youngster Ben Matsuka-Williams took vertical jump bronze.

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'I am really pleased I won a medal because I did it at the regionals but obviously the national final is a big step up,' said Matsuka-Williams.

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