JADE O’Dowda continued her superb fledgling career with an impressive performance at the IAAF World Under 20 Championships.

The Oxford City AC teenager finished seventh in the heptathlon in Tampere, Finland.

O’Dowda also set a personal best overall score for the third time this year with 5,660 points.

The haul consolidates her spot as the third best heptathlete in the national senior rankings and she is now 11th in the world under 20 standings.

O’Dowda, who broke the 5,600 barrier for the first time when winning the national title for her age group in May, had hoped to at least equal that total.

The 18-year-old made a great start, setting a pb of 14.04secs to finish third in her 100m hurdles heat.

O’Dowda followed that up with a leap of 1.71m in the high jump, before ending the first day in tenth overall after two further bests in the shot (12.33) and 200m (25.03).

She put in a strong performance in the long jump with an effort of 6.10 and threw 35.05 in the javelin.

The teenager then completed the event with a fourth-placed finish in her 800m heat, finishing in a time of 2.21.74.

She then went on to celebrate with compatriot Niamh Emerson, who clinched gold, in the pouring rain.