New heptathlon PB for Bath alumnae Chari Hawkins on IAAF World Athletics Championships debut in Budapest
Representing the United States, Hawkins was in bronze-medal position at the end of Day 1 after recording new bests in the 100m hurdles and shot put. She also improved her javelin PB on Day 2 and while she eventually finished eighth, her final tally of 6,366 was more than 100 points better than her previous best. Gold went to Great Britain’s Katarina Johnson-Thompson.
Hawkins did a Postgraduate degree in International Education & Globalisation at the University in 2017-18, where she was supported by a Santander Sports Scholarship and coached by Colin Bovell at the Team Bath Sports Training Village. She represented Bath in BUCS competition, winning long jump gold and 100m hurdles silver, and smashed a record that had stood for 30 years when she won the heptathlon title at the 2018 England Athletics Combined Events Championships.
During the Championships, she spoke to Athletics Weekly about her time studying and training in England:
🇺🇸 US heptathlete @_charihawkins is 3rd at the end of day one at the World Champs.
🇬🇧 In 2018 she studied at the University of Bath and won England Athletics & BUCS titles during her spell in Britain. #Budapest2023
— AW (@AthleticsWeekly) August 19, 2023