Jake Norris and Niamh Emerson improved their own British under-18 records to claim hammer silver and heptathlon bronze in Tbilisi

Ukraine’s Alina Shukh won the European Youth Championships heptathlon in a world youth best score of 6186 points on Friday (July 15), while the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team claimed three medals on the second day of competition.

There was great competition for the title and the record and behind Shukh, Sarah Lagger bettered the Austrian youth best with 6175 points which also bettered the previous world youth best, while Niamh Emerson improved her own British under-18 record with 5919 points for bronze.

The British 17-year-old had set four personal bests (14.17 100m hurdles, 12.81m shot put, 25.19 200m, 35.44m javelin) during the two days of competition.

“I couldn’t be happier, everything went perfectly,” Emerson said. “My long jump and hurdles were a bit frustrating as was the high jump, which I pulled out on the last attempt. I was solid and secure in everything and I ran for my life in the 800m.

“I can’t wait to just lie in, sit down and take in the next few days. Being a team captain to this team is crazy, because the standard is so high. As I was one of the first to compete, hopefully it will give them all a little bit of inspiration.”

Jake Norris also bettered the British under-18 record to win hammer silver, his throw of 79.20m securing Britain’s first medal of the championships.

“I’m delighted, I don’t think I could even explain how I feel right now,” said Norris, who finished as runner-up to Ukraine’s Myhaylo Havrylyuk with an 82.26m PB. “The last few days of being ill and not being at my best, I really didn’t expect to win a silver and get a personal best today. I have to say a big thank you to the doctor for getting me through the last few days.”

Greece’s Panayiotis Mantzouroyiannis leapt 7.60m to claim the long jump title, while Odissefs Mouzenidis threw 21.51m to win the shot put. The discus title was claimed by Moldova’s Alexandra Emilianov with a throw of 58.09m, while Romania’s Georgiana Iuliana Anitei leapt 13.19m to secure the triple jump title.

Switzerland’s Delia Sclabas took seven seconds off her PB to win the 3000m title, clocking 9:23.44 ahead of Stine Wangberg of Norway’s 9:26.55 PB. In third was Britain’s Lucy Pygott, who also ran a PB of 9:28.15 for bronze. Her British team-mate Kathleen Faes finished fifth in 9:46.07.

Germany’s Marvin Schulte won the 100m in a 10.56 PB as Milo Skupin-Alfa, who had run 10.43 in the semi-finals, pulled up with a hamstring injury. It was a German double as Keshia Kwadwo claimed the girls’ title in 11.76 from Gina Akpe-Moses with a PB of 11.80 to become the first Irish athlete to claim a 100m medal at the European Championships at any level.

The first day of action had seen Sophie Lewis-Ward finish fourth with a 23:37.55 PB in a 5000m walk competition won by Turkey’s Meryem Bekmez in a 22:50.22 PB.

Isaac Akers placed fifth and Alasdair Kinloch ninth in the 3000m final with respective times of 8:23.68 and 8:35.54. The race was won by Serbia’s Elzan Bibic in 8:09.06 and the next morning he returned to the track to win his 800m heat. Britain’s George Mills and Markhim Lonsdale were also among the 800m heat winners.

Further results can be found here.

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