Kenya tops medal table ahead of Jamaica and USA as GB finishes fifth, with men’s 4x400m team bagging bronze, while Ireland’s Sommer Lecky secures high jump silver
Alastair Chalmers on form at England U20/23 ChampsJune 17, 2018
Bedford sees a host of fine performances as British athletes aim for championships selection
With selection for next month’s IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Tampere at stake, junior athletes were keen to impress on day two of the England Athletics Under-20/23 Championships in Bedford.
They included Alastair Chalmers, who won the under-20 men’s 400m hurdles title in a PB of 50.69.
With athletes also trying to impress selectors ahead of the European Under-18 Championships in Győr next month, Karl Johnson also ran a big PB in fifth as he clocked 52.43.
Jona Efoloko beat Charlie Dobson in the under-20 200m in 20.79 (+1.3), while the under-20 women’s 200m saw Georgina Adam surging past Alisha Rees in the final metres to win in 23.64.
The women’s under-23 200m meanwhile saw Shannon Hylton add the 200m title to her 100m victory on Saturday (see Saturday’s report here), with 23.51 (+0.1), while Tom Somers took the under-23 men’s 200m in 20.95.
European under-20 1500m champion Jake Heyward won the metric mile in 3:54.07, while the under-23 1500m title was won by the equally-impressive Jamie Williamson with a 54-second last lap.
Amelia Quirk took the under-20 women’s 3000m in 9:22.54 a couple of hours after winning 1500m bronze.
In the 800m finals, Alex Botterill beat Markhim Lonsdale in 1:50.53, while Keely Hodgkinson, only 16, beat a strong field that included Isabelle Boffey and European under-20 champion Khai Mhlanga in 2:04.42.
In the field, James Tomlinson won the under-20 men’s discus with a 57.65m mark that will see him on the plane to Tampere.
The under-20 women’s shot put saw under-18 athletes Serena Vincent and Hannah Molyneaux throwing Euro qualifying marks of 16.57m and 16.51m respectively.
Dominic Ogbechie, only 16, also impressed with a 2.16m high jump win.
Also in fine form was Jade O’Dowda, who won a close under-20 long jump contest with a 6.24m PB.
» See the June 21 issue of AW for 10 pages of reports, photos and results from Bedford