SALE’S COMMONWEALTH GAMES
Fechin Mc Cormick
Sale Harriers had thirteen athletes represent their nation at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Regardless of whether they medalled, produced life-time best performances; were dissatisfied or did not even get the chance to compete, each one ought to be very proud as their club, families and nations are. Our nine who represented England, three Scotland and two Wales ran, jumped threw to exhaustion and have lived every sportsperson dream and are now their nation’s sport models. All have recorded priceless experiences and memories; all have had ‘a blast’ at the friendly games and as well as their hard-earned medals and cherished PB’s and the honour of representing their nations, they’ve returned home with treasure throves of priceless ‘selfies’ with their sporting heroes and tired hands from signing autographs.
JESSICA TAYLOR (England Heptathlon) won an unexpected bronze medal. At the finish of Day 1, Jessica had moved into the bronze medal position with PB’s in the HJ of 1.69m and 100m hurdles of13.81. On day two, she enjoyed another great day of competition throwing 33.89m for 550 points in the javelin, a long jump PB of 6.16m and then went on to beat her contender for the bronze medal in the 800m and secured her bronze medal with 2:17.59 and a PB point’s total of 5826. This has been amazing breakthrough for Jess and another pinnacle in her unforgettable year. She said “It was a competition I never thought I’d be competing in. I actually bought tickets to come and watch. It wasn’t on my radar at all. It’s been a ridiculous year. Apart from winning this bronze medal and putting 444 points on my PB, I also finished my seven year architecture degree. It’s unbelievable!”
KELLY MASSEY (England 400m): Having competed and won silver at the 4 x 400m Delhi Commonwealth Games, Kelly’s ambition for Glasgow was to compete in her own right over 400m. In her semi-final, the crowd roared her in the final 100m when she fought off the Nigerian to finish second with a PB of 52.19. She went on to finish 8th in the final. She also won bronze in the 4 x 400m relay to add to her Delhi relay silver. Her boyfriend, Rick Yates, whose parents and family live in Sale and long-time members of Sale Harriers also qualified for the 400m hurdles final and finished 7th.
ANDY ROBERTSON (England 4 x 100m): Running the anchor leg, it was a smooth performance in the heats from the English quartet to qualify for the final He wasn’t however part of the silver medal team but, nevertheless still merited the silver medal as part of the squad.
SARAH HOLT (England Hammer) threw 61.05 in the first round to qualify in eighth and finished one place out of the medals in the final with 65.67
ANDY TURNER (England 110m hurdles): The defending champion crashed out in round 1 by crashing into the second hurdle and coming to a halt. Said a very disappointed Andy “I’m devastated. I got too close to the first hurdle, hit it, trying to come back from that is difficult, hit the second one and that was it. I've no one to blame, it was my fault.
ALEX SMITH (England Hammer): Alex Smith qualified for the final with minimal fuss – a 72.34 first throw and was an agonizing 4th in the final
CHRIS BAKER (England High Jump) qualified for the final with first time clearances at each height on the way to the 2.20 mark that proved to be the one to whittle down the finalists to 12. Said Chris “The first-time clearances made it easy for me. The atmosphere was amazing and the fans got behind everyone and the energy in the crowd really picked me up this morning. My aim has always been to win a Commonwealth Games medal. In the final he made a second time clearance at 2.25m which gave him an agonizing fourth place.
KATIE BYRES (England Pole Vault): In a straight pole vault final, Katie entered the competition at 3.80 but was unable to record a mark. Nevertheless, what a fantastic experience and pinnacle this was in the sporting career for our talented pole vaulter.
ALISON RODGER (Scotland Shot) was 10th in the final and wrote that she was 'soooooooo happy' to bring her long career to a close with 10th in a Commonwealth Games Final,
KIRSTY LAW (Scotland Discus) was eighth in the qualifying round with a throw of 54.68m that she described as ‘pretty amazing’ and so was through to the final with 52:33 and 11th place
KIRSTEN MC ASLEN (Scotland 4 x 400m): Kirsten ran the first leg that resulted in the quartet improving on their native Scottish record of 3:09.09 set back in 2001. They were agonizingly squeezed out of the final, though.
PAUL WALKER (Wales Pole Vault) was equal 5th in the final with a season’s best time of 5.35
LUCY EVANS (Wales 4 x 100m): Unfortunately, though part of the Welsh 4 x 100m relay s squad, Lucy did not get an opportunity to compete, this being her team manager’s decision.
Posted 04/08/2014 15:01