WORCESTER'S Jenny Nesbitt finished sixth in the European Under 23 Championships women's 10,000 metres final.

The 22-year-old University of Bath student was making her Great Britain track and field debut at the competition in Poland.

Nesbitt, coached by David Walker at Worcester Athletic Club, clocked 33 minutes 50.37 seconds.

British team-mates Phoebe Law and Philippa Bowden were fourth and eighth respectively in 33.40.75 and 34.04.57.

Turk Yasemin Can won the race in a championship record of 31.39.80 at Zawisza Stadium, Bydgoszcz.

A year ago after enjoying an excellent cross-country season Nesbitt had to undergo knee surgery which sidelined her for the next six months.

She said: "The final meant a lot to me. It's been such a tough 12 months and I honestly didn't think I'd get this opportunity to represent my country.

"Although I'm disappointed with the position I am also so proud I stood on that start line wearing the colours of my country.

"There is no bigger honour in this sport. A massive thank you for all the support over the last year and ever since I first stood on the track."

Nesbitt is now looking forward to next month’s prestigious World University Games in Taipei, Taiwan.