ATHLETICS: Crawley hammer star Mick Jones back in search of records

FORMER Commonwealth hammer champion Mick Jones cannot wait to get back into competitive action tomorrow (Saturday) when he contests the Sussex Athletics Championships at K2.

For those who have never seen him throw, it's a sight not to be missed, such is the distance between his standards and those of the others in the field.

You had better keep your eyes open for high flying objects as the legendary Ifield muscleman is going for his 26th Sussex men's title.

For around a decade he was the best in Britain and there has never been anyone to touch him from within the county.

He missed last year due to suffering a collapsed disc in his neck.

He recently suffered a second set-back when he broke his foot at work at Sussex Central College, tearing tendons off the bone which forced him to have his foot in plaster for four weeks.

These problems have hindered the amount of training he has been able to do.

But he is putting all that behind him and is focussed on reaching the qualifying distance for this year's Commonwealth Games and also in breaking the world record for his age.

Jones, 46, revealed: "I am really looking forward to getting out there again, despite not having had much training.

"I should not be able to compete with the best but I'd like to disturb the young pretenders at the top and do the best I can."

Jones competes in the hammer event at 12 noon.

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