WHILE many teenagers were focussing on their A Level results and which university they will be attending this autumn, Berkshire high jumper Morgan Lake had more pressing matters to consider in Rio.
The 19-year-old, who attends Wellington College in Crowthorne, is hoping to go to university later this year and was waiting on her results yesterday.
However the Windsor, Slough & Eton AC athlete was able to put all that behind her by qualifying for tomorrow's Olympic high jump final.
Lake needed three attempts to reach the qualifying height and said afterwards: "I was nervous (going into final attempt), because I knew I could do it and I was getting frustrated with myself.
"It's horrible being the third attempt, but it's nice to clear it."
The height of 1m 94cms matched her personal best, and she is hoping to go even better against the world's best.
The Reading-born athlete, who lives in Maidenhead, said: "I know I’m in good form and training has been going really well but you’ve still got the added pressure of getting to the Olympic final in your head so there were a lot of emotions, but I am happy to have made it.
"I try to clear my mind – to think of all the sacrifices made to get to that point and think back to training sessions that have gone well, knowing everything is for this moment.
"The last attempt felt good so I’ve got to get that into my mind, rest and recover for the next couple of days so hopefully a personal best would be nice in the final."
The WSEH Athletics Club star,already boasts two World Junior Championship gold medals and one European Championship gold medal.
Wellington College has produced a long line of luminaries including the author George Orwell, Formula One world champion James Hunt and no fewer than 15 Victoria Cross winners. Lake will be hoping tomorrow that she can add her name to that board of celebrated alumni.
Elsewhere, Lake's WSEH team-mate, Shelayna Oskan-Clarke just missed out on qualifying for the women's 800m final.
The 26-year-old former Baylis Court School pupil from Slough had hoped to make tomorrow's final, but missed out even though she produced a season's best time of 1min 59.45sec for fifth place from her semi-final.