Neita, Shirling and Sinclair break new ground in Gateshead
As the weather improved on day two of the Aviva English Schools Championships in Gateshead so did the standards.
A string of quality performances came in the afternoon session just as Sky Sports were covering the event live.
Owin Sinclair broke Mark Lewis-Francis’s championship record and UK under-15 best in the junior boys’ 100m with 10.92.
Aided be a legal wind of 1.3m/sec, Sinclair took one hundredth off the mark from 1997 as he beat the rest of the field by 0.33 seconds.
Another sprint mark to go down was in the intermediate girls’ 100m where Daryll Neita clocked 11.63, establishing the same winning margin.
This was two hundredths inside the World Juniors qualifying standard, although it was too late for selection. It also put her inside the UK all-time top 10 for her age group.
The wind speed has not been officially published but was thought to be legal and, if confirmed, breaks the championship “record” of 11.81 which had belonged to Joscelynn Hopeson since 2004. The championship “best”, taking into account wind-assisted marks is 11.50.
Matt Shirling destroyed the intermediate boys’ 1500m championship record. The Liverpool Harrier had been a close second to Liam Dee at the Sainsbury’s School Games in May, but here he turned the tables, beating his great rival by four seconds with a time of 3:49.15. The two-year-old mark was 3:52.55.
One of the most highly anticipated clashes of the weekend was in the senior boys’ 400m where George Caddick beat Clovis Asong.
Asong was one of the stars of last year’s championships when he set a championship record in the intermediate age group in a year in which he ran 46.74. But Caddick was a hundredth of a second quicker on 2012 bests and he sliced two tenths off his PB with 47.05. Despite a strong finish by Asong, he had to be content with a season’s best of 47.25.
Full results will be published at esaa.net and a comprehensive report can be found in the next issue of Athletics Weekly, out on July 12.