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Lawson Capes finishes in second place after representing England at the Växjö International in Sweden





Lawson Capes produced an amazing performance in his first international appearance for England.

The Bourne Grammar School pupil was competing for his country in the shot put at the Växjö International in Sweden.

Despite competing against older throwers in the Under 18 age category, he finished in a superb second place.

Lawson Capes after his personal best throw of 16.74m.
Lawson Capes after his personal best throw of 16.74m.

Dad Lewis explained: "We were using this experience for Lawson to be able to learn from it for the future. He is only 15-years-old and was competing in the Under 18 age group.

"He was ranked in the top eight of the 18 athletes but we knew that he would have his work cut out to make the final eight for the last three rounds."

Lawson soon allayed those fears as he progressed to the next stage of the competition with ease after improving with every throw to launch three personal bests.

With the competition hotting up, he was placed first in round two but had dropped to third spot by the fourth round.

However, Capes then claimed second spot going into the last round with a throw that was just one centimetre further than his nearest rival.

The leader then improved his throw with Capes' second place being confirmed after reaching a distance of 16.74m.

Lewis added: "It was an amazing result in his first international for England at such a young age."

He was selected among 15 young athletes who competed across shot put, discus and javelin at the unique indoor arena in Sweden.

The competition provided an outstanding opportunity for the Under 18 and Under 20 contingent to learn about international competition culture, working with team staff and travelling across the globe.

Lawson's selection saw him follow in the footsteps of his grandfather Geoff who is a former British shot putter and strongman.

The teenager now heads to Sheffield this weekend for the national indoor finals where he will be among the favourites for success.



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