Heptathlete Holly Mills is thrilled to seek out herself “in the mix” for Tokyo Olympics selection after her career-best performance in Italy on Sunday.
Mills, 21, recorded personal bests in four out of seven events also as a private best point total in Lana.
It also saw her reach the Olympic B qualifying mark and enter the all-time top eight of British heptathletes.
“It’s difficult to process, but for my third heptathlon I couldn’t really ask for more,” she said.
Andover-based Mills, who celebrated her 21st birthday earlier this month, was competing in her first heptathlon for nearly two years.
She only made her senior Great Britain & Northern Ireland debut at the European Indoor Championships in March.
The strength of her fourth-place finish in Lana, with a complete of 6,180 points, moved her up to a world ranking of 26, on the fringes of selection for Tokyo.
“They’ve narrowed down the sector this year, taking only 24 athletes, so I’m two places outside of getting an invitation because it stands,” Mills said.
“But if I can put during a similar performance in events in about five weeks’ time, that would give me the points I want.
“I’m there or thereabouts at the moment, which is very exciting.
“I know I still have tons more to squeeze out of every single event. This next block of coaching is all geared towards building thereon PB points total.
“Selection for Tokyo would mean all this work and sacrifice over the years would’ve paid off and it’ll be the simplest call I’ve ever received.”