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Smith off to a flyer

Hard day's work: Smith relaxes after setting a national record in the heptathlon in Aubagne

Shianne Smith, the Bermuda heptathlete, set a personal best in her first meet of the season at the Championship of Provence in Aubagne, France, at the weekend.

Smith, who was competing for Le Montpellier Agglomération Athletic Méditerranée, accumulated a total of 5,400 points to shatter her previous national record by two points.

The 29-year-old placed first in her competition, but could not be crowned champion because her club is not from the provence.

Smith posted a time of 14.42sec in the 100 metres hurdles, 24.94 in the 200, and 2:14.50 in the 800. She threw a distance of 11.12 in the shot put and 37.89 in the javelin, and leaped 1.54 in the high jump and 5.81 in the long jump.

She is expected to represent Bermuda at the Pan Am Games in Toronto July, but will not be defending the five gold medals she won at the 2013 NatWest Island Games in Bermuda when the competition is held in Jersey next month.

Smith moved to Montpellier in 2012 in a bid to further her career after spending several years training in California.

The former Cal State University student placed eighth at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last summer.