Six medals including three golds claimed by British athletes on penultimate day of action in Tbilisi
Jona Efoloko, Isabelle Boffey and Jake Heyward were among the winners on the penultimate day of the European Youth Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia, as the British team claimed six medals in total.
Efoloko clocked 21.15 to beat Sweden’s Kasper Kadestal with 21.18 and later said: “I can’t believe it. European champion. I’m speechless. I just had to keep pushing and pushing.”
The 16-year-old added: “I remember Andy Turner telling us (at the preparation day) to push right until the end and that’s what I did and came away with the gold medal. I’m so proud to be a part of the British team.”
Another 200m medal was claimed for GB in the girls’ race as Alisha Rees clocked 23.70 for silver behind France’s 16-year-old Marine Mignon with a 23.35 PB.
The first British gold had been claimed by Boffey as she led a GB one-two in the 800m. She ran 2:07.19 ahead of Anna Burt with 2:08.54.
Heyward was another gold medallist as he won the 1500m in 4:00.64 after a 54.24 last lap.
Jason Nicholson claimed bronze with a 13.45 PB in a 110m hurdles race won by Hungary’s Daniel Eszes in a 13.39 PB, while Nicholson’s fellow Brit Ethan Akanni was fourth in a 13.53 PB.
Moldova’s Alexandra Emelianov completed a throws double, adding shot put gold with a PB of 18.50m to her discus title. Germany’s Lukas Mihota won the high jump with 2.18m, while Latvia’s Kristaps Jaunpujens threw 77.01m to take the javelin title, Katerina Skypalova of Czech Republic threw a 66.58m PB in the final round for hammer victory and Alina Stromberg of Finland claimed the pole vault title with a 4.15m PB.
Denmark’s Anna Mark Helwigh clocked a 6:34.52 PB to win the 2000m steeplechase, while Poland’s Lukasz Niedzialek got gold in the boys’ 10,000m race walk with a time of 44:06.49.
Romania’s Andrea Miklos dominated the girls’ 400m final, clocking a PB of 52.70 to win by 1.86. The boys’ title was won by Ihar Zubko of Belarus in a 47.16 PB. Italy’s Desola Oki clocked 13.30 to claim 100m hurdles gold, as Ireland’s Molly Scott ran 13.51 for bronze.
After the first day of decathlon action, GB’s Sam Talbot sits second on 3883 points behind France’s Makenson Gletty with 3947 points.
Further results can be found here.
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