Molly Caudery and Jake Norris are among athletes in the 20-strong British Athletics squad
British under-20 record-holders Molly Caudery and Jake Norris head a 20-strong GB team for the BAUHAUS Junioren-Gala in Mannheim, Germany, taking place on June 23-24.
Commonwealth Games fifth-placer Caudery is the joint national outdoor under-20 pole vault record-holder thanks to her best of 4.40m, while Norris broke his own hammer record with a throw of 80.45m in Bedford over the weekend to move to second on the IAAF world rankings for the 6kg implement.
Sprinter Kristal Awuah will also look to follow-up a strong weekend in Bedford when she competes in Mannheim, while Jona Efoloko, who pipped Charlie Dobson to victory in the men’s 200m, will face off against Kaie Chambers-Brown, Dom Ashwell and Michael Olsen in the 100m. Dobson will contest the 200m.
Mannheim will also provide a key test for the men’s and women’s 4x100m teams, with the men’s outfit looking at its sharpest for several years, having clocked the best time set by an under-20 team since 2012 when winning the Loughborough International in 39.53.
European U18 and Commonwealth Youth Games long jump champion Holly Mills will go in search of the 6.25m World U20s standard following a season’s best outdoors of 6.20m at the weekend, just four centimetres shy of winner Jade O’Dowda’s 6.24m effort.
Bayley Campbell threw just 33cm short of his 73.75m personal best in the men’s hammer, set at Loughborough in April, and will look to better this in Germany. James Tomlinson has his eye on the Welsh under-20 discus record of 60.46m, set by Brett Morse in 2008. His personal best is 58.57m, thrown in Almada, Portugal, earlier this month.
Team leader Trevor Painter said: “We’ve selected a strong team for the Mannheim Gala and it is another key meeting in our calendar as we prepare for next month’s World U20 Championships in Tampere.
“There will be a focus on the sprints and the men’s and women’s 4x100m relay teams and Mannheim will allow athletes to benefit from going up against some strong international competition both on the track and in the field.
“Building on the performances from the England U20 Championships at the weekend, it also allows for athletes to consolidate their preparations ahead of the World U20s.”
British team for the BAUHAUS Junioren-Gala
100m: Dom Ashwell, Kaie Chambers-Brown, Jona Efoloko, Michael Olsen
200m: Charlie Dobson
110m hurdles: Jason Nicholson, Josh Zeller
400m hurdles: Alex Knibbs
Hammer: Bayley Campbell, Jake Norris
Discus: James Tomlinson
4x100m: Dom Ashwell, Kaie Chambers-Brown, Charlie Dobson, Jona Efoloko, Chad Miller, Michael Olsen
100m: Kristal Awuah, Ebony Carr, Veru Chinedu
200m: Georgina Adam, Mair Edwards, Alisha Rees
Pole vault: Molly Caudery
Long jump: Holly Mills
4x100m: Georgina Adam, Kristal Awuah, Ebony Carr, Veru Chinedu, Mair Edwards, Alisha Rees