A TALENTED hammer thrower from Ross-on-Wye has been crowned English Schools Champion.

Dylan Menhennet has cemented his position as UK number one in the event for his age group by winning the title with a personal best throw of 55.48 metres.

Despite a delayed start to his competition and the expectation of being number one ranked Menhennet rose to the challenge.

“On the day of the competition I had very little sleep from the pressure of expectations," said Menhennet.

"At the competition we were delayed before my event so I started to get nervous. My coach, Andrew Compton came to support me and helped to calm me down and made sure my warm up throws went smoothly."

Menhennet's first throw of 44 metres was enough to place him in the top eight and qualify for all six throws.

On his second attempt the young thrower reached a distance of 50.66m, which was a personal best and gold medal throw.

"It was the proudest moment of my life to win gold and be top of the podium in the Alexandra Stadium," added Menhennet.

"Also wearing the Hereford and Worcester colours in front of all the spectators and athletes. I’d like to thank everyone at John Kyrle for supporting me and for giving me the opportunity to compete in such a big event especially Mr Griffiths and Mrs Godwin."