More medals for Havering youngsters
PUBLISHED: 13:00 26 June 2015
Taylor and Hughes add to increasing hauls
Havering’s Georgie Taylor and Michelle Hughes both made it onto the podium at the England Under-20/Under-23 Championships in Bedford at the weekend.
Taylor improved on her two-year-old personal best to win silver in the under-20 women’s discus, with her third-round throw of 48.84m almost a two-metre improvement on her previous longest.
It was almost enough for gold too, but Taylor was pipped by UK number one Amy Holder, of Windsor, who threw just 25cm further.
Hughes added to her growing medal collection with bronze in the under-20 400m hurdles, clocking 62.4secs, after running 62.52 in her heat.
But the youngster was disappointed to again miss out on the Commonwealth Youth Games qualifying standard, before returning to the track to clock 14.09 for seventh place in an under-18 100m hurdles race.
Havering’s Josh Olaware just missed out on a podium in the under-23 long jump, finishing fourth with a best of 7.30, as jumps of 7.36 and 7.35 secured silver and bronze for his rivals.
Alex Law was seventh in the under-20 men’s event with a best of 6.81m and Ed Thompson finished 10th in the pole vault with a 4.10m clearance.
Tom Pitkin was runner-up in a special under-18 400m hurdles race and George Hadler improved his 110m hurdles best to a wind-aided 15.01 at under-23 level.
Havering’s Modupe Shokunbi ran 12.17 in her under-20 100m heat, and 12.40 in her semi-final and returned on Sunday to post a season’s best of 25.14 in the 200m, while Lydia Hallam’s 1500m season’s best of 4.35.56 just missed out on a final place.
There was disappointment however for triple jumper Jimi Tele who injured his hamstring in the first round and took no further part in proceedings.
n Havering’s Lauren Deadman faced a daunting international track debut for Great Britain in Cheboksary, Russia on Saturday and did well to finish eighth in a tactical 3,000m race.
The field included the gold and silver medalists from this year’s European Indoor Championships, the outdoor European 10,000m silver medalist, a world indoor finalist and other seasoned internationals.
But Deadman stayed at the front of the pack for much of a very slow, tactical race before a fast final two laps saw her finish in 9.28.84 as Poland’s Sofia Ennaoui took victory in 9.20.39.
The GB team finished fifth behind hosts Russia, who regained the title from Germany.