Heptathlete named part of 26-strong GB & NI team for IAAF World Youth Championships in July
Heptathlete Morgan Lake, distance runner Bobby Clay and pole vaulter Harry Coppell are among the 26-strong GB & NI team heading to the RSK Olimpiyskyi in Donetsk for the IAAF World Youth Championships next month.
Britain claimed five medals in Lille two years ago, with the 2013 team, headlined by in-form 16-year-old Lake, described as one that will ’mix it with the best’ at the event from July 10-14.
“We have a really promising team heading out to the Ukraine,” commented UKA development manager Jo Jennings, a high jump silver medallist from the 1998 Commonwealth Games and two-time Olympian, who will lead the team.
“There have been some strong performances around the world this year, but I’m confident that the team that has been picked will mix it with the best and remain competitive throughout.”
Lake, who broke Katarina Johnson-Thompson’s British under-17 record last year, posted a world-leading youth mark of 5725 points on her way to victory at the England Athletics Combined Events Championships in Bedford at the start of the month.
She will be joined by 16-year-old Clay, who formed part of the GB bronze medal-winning junior women’s team at this year’s IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Poland and will line up in the 1500m, while 16-year-old Coppell, ranked world number two in the youth rankings, cleared a personal best height of 5.20m this month to put him inside the top 10 UK rankings for 2013 in the pole vault.
Alongside the trio will be the likes of sprinters Reece Prescod, Reuben Arthur, Shannon Hylton and Sabrina Bakare as well as steeplechasers Matthew Axe and Haran Dunderdale.
“I’m sure the athletes will take inspiration from some of the names that have competed on this stage before,” continued Jennings.
“The likes of Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Jessica Judd, Asha Philip and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey have all experienced what it’s like to be a part of a GB & NI team at the early stages of their careers, and believe it’s a great base to work from.”
GB & NI team for the IAAF World Youth Championships