U20 & U23 World Championships Trials
The Aviva U20 & U23 World Championships Trials in Bedford at the weekend brought together the country's best as they vied for a place in the team for the IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona (10-15 July).
As expected, Sale's talented best were present for this important spectacle. The highpoint of a thrilling weekend came from a Sale harrier - our very own pole-vaulting sensation Katie Byers who set yet another new under 20 Record with a 4.36m leap that's a massive improvement of 16cm over her previous outdoor best and enough to confirm her trip to Barcelona for the World Junior Championships (though she's already earlier qualified).
She wasn't the only one who had a great weekend. Andy Sutcliffe, Britain's No1 U23 pole vaulter who holds a multitude of England titles and who won bronze at the 2012 IAAF World junior championships, is eager to achieve the Olympic qualifying time but bad weather conditions has prevented him. Though he added the England U23 title to his hoard, his 5.20m vault was not quite good enough.
Abigail Haywood is Britain's No3 U23 pole vaulter with two consecutive silver medals already under her belt (and her PB of 4.00m from last year's championships). She went one better to add the U23 gold medal with a vault of 3.74m.
George Caddick is UK No 1 in the U20 rankings. He reinforced his current form to clinch the 400m title in a season's best of 47.25 that was just 1/100th of a second short of his PB set two weeks earlier at the England Closed Championships in Birmingham.
Kirsten McAslan was hoping to achieve the World Junior Championship qualifying time of 53.75 but, unlike last year when she took the silver medal in beautiful conditions and good competition, this year the weather was not good and competition was very weak and though she easily took the U20 title with 1.2 seconds to spare, she missed the qualifying standard. She's the 2010 English Schools 300m Champions and will have a go for the qualifying standard at the Olympic trials next weekend.
Ahtollah Rose: Our England Schools gold and silver triple jump medalist from former years triumphed to another level in winning her first the U/20 triple jump title. She adds this to her silver medal last year and the gold indoor medal last winter plus several other indoor and outdoor triple jump medals.
Daniel Needham, in claiming the U/23 110m hurdles silver medal in a PB of 14.43, had one of his finest ever achievements. Our former English Schools 110m hurdles silver medallist won the U20 bronze medal last year. Josh Ogantayo won the 800m silver medal in 1:52.92 and was not far off his PB from a week earlier at the BMC Gold Standard meeting at Longford Park.
Allan Hamilton is a Scottish long jump multi champion recently joined Sale. He's come with an impressive background in these championships of being the U20 former gold and bronze medallist. He finished equal third in 7.17m to add the bronze medal to his collection
Others who fared well though they did not reach the finals or medal are - (1) Olivia Callaghen - our U17 English School 100m champion is just returning to fitness following surgery and showed an encouraging return with a season's best of 12.39. Aaron Crowley also pulled out a 200m seasons best of 21.98 in the heats (2 ) Danielle Rooney, though 5th in 100m hurdles, had the exhilaration of a PB of 13.96 (3) Jenny Simmons, in fine form, achieved another fantastic PB of 61.61 in the 400m hurdles (4) Abigayle Fitzpatrick, just returned from a tough period of warm weather training in USA, recorded a 400m hurdles season's best of 62.50. (Researched and written by Fechin Mc Cormick. Photography courtesy of John Bulpitt)
Posted 20/06/2012 11:55