Athletics: Steve Lewis and Emma Jackson win silver medals at British Championships Read more: Follow us: @thisisstaffs on Twitter | thisisstaffordshire on Facebook

STEVE Lewis, Emma Jackson and Jazmin Sawyers picked up silver medals at the Sainsbury’s British Championships in Birmingham.

Pole vault star Lewis, from Light Oaks, jumped a season’s best 5.65, but finished behind Luke Cutts.

It was a performance which should secure the 27-year old a place at next month’s World Championships in Moscow, after he recorded the qualifying standard with a 5.71m jump at the European Indoor Championships in Gothenburg earlier this year.

Jackson, from Newcastle, set a new landmark for the season in the 1500m by clocking 4:13.17, although she couldn’t overhaul Hannah England in the race to the line.

And Sawyers, from Trentham, finished behind Shara Proctor in the long jump.

Lewis admits the hangover of 2012 has taken some time to shift and he can’t wait to return to London for next week’s Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games.

“It is a hard year to explain this season, the buzz of last year and whole build up to the Olympics was something super special,” admitted Lewis.

“I am as fit and strong but there has been a little bit of something missing the first part of the season.

“It was actually good coming here, I had a bit of excitement getting rolling again and I am really excited about the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games.”

Lewis insists a season that has been slow to start could still finish successfully in Russia.

“It was kind of bittersweet,” he added. “There was definitely an improvement in my jump and my body as I have been struggling a little bit.

“It is a season’s best, which I am happy with but second place I am not happy with. I have got to go away and look at jumps and how things went.”

Jackson emerged unscathed from a race which saw former champions Charlene Thomas and Laura Weightman fall.

“Everyone at the finish was ranting and raving, I don’t know if that was aimed at me, but I was just trying to focus on my own position,” said Jackson, who has stepped up from the 800m.

“It was tough out there on my own at the front, I would have liked a bit more of a race to run faster as I was a bit stranded out there.

“I’m not used to the event yet to know how fast I can go off and get away with it. I thought it was a good performance.”

Jackson, who only recently returned from injury, made her World Championship debut in Daegu two years ago making the semi-finals in the 800m

However, she admits there is work to do to improve her times over the distance.

“It was my first time doing the 1500m at the trials, it’s always been my intention to move up and after I’ve struggled a bit with the 800m I thought it was the right time,” she added.

“I’m training well in the 1500m, in the 800m I haven’t had the time as I’m coming back from a stress fracture.”

Elsewhere, City of Stoke’s Sawyers produced a season’s best 6.50m to finish second in the long jump behind Proctor, considered one of Britain’s best medal prospects for the forthcoming World Championships in Moscow.

It’s a medal upgrade on her bronze in 2012 but she has some work to do to match the 6.67m personal best that secured her third at last year’s World Junior Championships.

“I’m really chuffed because I’ve had a shaky start to the year, so I’m actually very happy to come out and jump a big season best,” she said.

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