CURRANZ athlete Holly Mills (pictured above, with fellow British athlete, Laura Turner) proved she can foot it amongst the best heptathletes in the world at the weekend, when finishing fourth at the prestigious Multi-Stars competition in Italy, a select invitation-only event to just 18 international heptathletes.
This was only Holly’s third-ever heptathlon and first in 21 months. The Andover athlete, who turned 21 last week, led the competition after day one, setting three massive PBs in the 100m hurdles, high jump and shot put.
On day two, Holly led from gun to tape to win her 800m heat and finished fourth overall after seven events.
Holly improved her PB from 5802 to 6180 points for heptathlon, her first since 2019, and moved onto No8 on the UK all-time rankings.
Holly says: “I had high and low events but I’m so happy with my overall performance- it’s really promising for the rest of the season.
“I actually achieved the British athletics Olympic qualifying standard, but because they have cut the Olympic field to 24 athletes in the heptathlon, I am currently ranked 26th on world ranking points, so I will need another good performance to get me into the top 24 athletes - but it is achievable!
This was Holly’s first time competing at Multistars, the first leg in the Combined Events category for the World Athletics Challenge and was an Olympic qualifier.
Holly revealed her CurraNZ dosing strategy, saying: “I was taking two Curranz daily in the week leading up to the heptathlon
“Then on the day of the hep I took two a couple hours before the morning session and another two before the afternoon session - which was especially important on day two before the 800m - where I ran a two-second PB!”
We wish Holly all the best with her busy UK schedule in May, with her next heptathlon in Arona, Tenerife in June.