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Ojie Edoburun sprints to European U23 100m titleJuly 14, 2017
European junior gold medallist claims under-23 title in Bydgoszcz, while Konrad Bukowiecki throws championship record for shot put gold
Britain’s Ojie Edoburun was among the winners on day two of the European Under-23 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, as he stormed to victory in the 100m.
Clocking 10.14 for the second-quickest wind-legal time of his career, the 21-year-old beat Slovakia’s Ján Volko (10.18) and Norway’s Jonathan Quarcoo (10.29) to add the under-23 title to the under-20 gold he claimed in Eskilstuna two years ago, despite not feeling in top shape.
“The race was okay,” he said. “My start wasn’t good again and my finish was not the best.
“I was feeling some pains. I was bit ill. I am just happy I came and won.”
Fellow Brit Reuben Arthur placed fifth with 10.39.
Ewa Swoboda also won 100m gold in Eskilstuna in 2015 and she too added the under-23 title to her haul, clocking 11.42 for a win on home soil. Britain’s Imani Lansiquot narrowly missed out on a medal as she clocked 11.58 to match the time of bronze medallist Sina Mayer of Germany.
Another athlete putting on a show for the home crowd was European indoor shot put champion Konrad Bukowiecki as he threw 21.59m to break the championship record.
He had earlier thrown 21.44m to improve the championship record he set himself in the qualifying round.
Britain’s Taylor Campbell was just 1cm off a medal in the hammer as he threw 70.59m in a competition won by Bence Halasz of Hungary with 73.30m.
Two years after winning the under-20 title, another athlete to also claim under-23 gold was Switzerland’s Caroline Agnou as she recorded a national record 6330 points in the heptathlon, with GB’s Katie Stainton seventh with 5836 points.
Turkey’s double European champion Yasemin Can broke the championship record with 31:39.80 to win the 10,000m title, with British trio Phoebe Law (33:40.75), Jenny Nesbitt (33:50.37) and Philippa Bowden (34:04.57) fourth, sixth and eighth respectively.
The day before, Spain’s Carlos Mayo had won the men’s 10,000m title in 29:28.06, with Britain’s Ellis Cross fifth in 29:53.64.
GB’s Jacob Fincham-Dukes (7.83m/+2.5) was fourth in a long jump final won by Ukraine’s Vladyslav Mazur with a European lead-equalling 8.04m (+1.9).
Meanwhile, over in Nairobi the third day of IAAF World Under-18 Championships saw the world under-18 triple jump record broken by Cuba’s Jordan Diaz with his 17.30m leap. Jamaica’s De’Jour Russell clocked a championship record 13.04 for 110m hurdles victory, while there was a Kenyan one-two in the girls’ 2000m steeplechase with Caren Chebet getting gold from Mercy Chepkurui, 6:24.80 to 6:26.10.