Golden girl Georgie shines again
PUBLISHED: 10:30 17 July 2015
Havering youngster wins third discus title
Havering’s Georgie Taylor made it a hat-trick of gold medals at the English Schools’ Championships in Gateshead.
Taylor, having won junior and intermediate titles in 2011 and 2012, won the senior girls’ discus with a throw of 47.45 metres, six metres clear of her rivals.
And, alongside another gold for clubmate Max Law and bronze for Lydia Hallam, Taylor’s latest success helped Essex collect the victory trophy.
Havering sent an eight-strong contingent to the north east, with Law first to top the podium in the javelin.
Hot favourite Taylor did not disappoint on her final outing at the event, while Hallam signed off from her English Schools’ career with bronze in the senior 1,500m.
Hallam ran a season’s best time of four minutes 30.54secs, that was only just outside her personal best as she added to her junior 800m bronze for 2011.
Emerging talent Jack Rice twice broke his 1,500m best and bettered the Havering club record in the process.
Rice clocked 4.15.92 in his heat on Friday, just three-tenths of a second shy of the club mark.
That earned him a fastest loser spot in the junior boys’ final and a positive performance put Rice in with a chance of a medal with 200m to go.
He came home in 4.13.76 to beat a 30-year-old club record, but had to settle for sixth place.
Alex Law was captaining the Essex boys’ squad and ended his schools career with fifth place in the senior long jump, after a best leap of 6.62m.
Modupe Shokunbi was unable to add to her medal collection in the intermediate girls’ 100m after a hamstring strain affected her preparations.
Shokunbi finished seventh in the final in 12.37, as Mayi Hughes competed well on her event debut in the junior long jump, finishing in the top eight with 5.23m.
Tom Pitkin missed out on a spot in the senior 400m hurdles final, despite a personal best of 55.93m.
*Havering finished in a solid second place in the latest Eastern Young Athletes League fixture at Bury St Edmunds on Sunday.
Strong performances across all three age groups saw Havering collect a total of 689 points, behind only Bedford & County (806.5).
*Havering’s Michelle Hughes starts her heptathlon campaign at the World Youth Championships in Colombia today (Friday).
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