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Pieces of Eight!
There were some outstanding performances at the England Athletics Under 20, 17 and 15 Indoor Championships at Birmingham with Blackheath & Bromley’s athletes bringing home eight gold medals.
Dina Asher Smith dominated the under 20 womens sprints winning both the 60 and 200 metre titles. Her fastest time in the 60 was actually in the heats where she ran 7.34 to win easily. This was a new Championship Best Performance and 4th fastest of all time. It was a similar story in her semi as she crossed the line in 7.42. She took the title clocking 7.36 in the final.
In the 200 she comfortably won her heat in 24.09 before setting a new best of 23.44 to win the Final, well inside the Championship Best Performance.
Shannon Hylton replicated Dina’s title winning exploits in the under 17 womens age group. She also remained unbeaten the whole weekend winning her heat of the 60 metres in 7.59 and then her semi final in 7.60. She returned for the final to set a new best of 7.50 and this was a new Championship Best Performance. On to the 200 and she won her heat in 24.82, her semi final in 24.28 and then set a new best of 24.08 in the final.
Not to be outdone her twin sister Cheriece won the 300 metres title in 38.69, the fastest time in the country this year.
More gold medals came in the field as Jahisha Thomas won the under 20 womens long jump with a leap of 5.87. Stefan Amokwandoh annexed the triple jump crown with a leap of 14.34. Kerri Davidson won the under 17 womens triple jump title with a leap of 11.80.
There were plenty of other fine efforts with Rachel Dickens setting new best of 55.76 to win silver in the under 20 womens 400 metres. Isabella Hilditch won a hard earned bronze medal in the under 15 girls long jump with a leap of 5.20. She was also 4th in the final of the 60 metre hurdles.
Another to just miss out on a medal was Maya Bruney who finished in 4th place in the under 17 womens 60 metres in a time of 7.75.
Javari Cameron was 8th in the under 20 mens long jump final with a leap of 6.22 and he also ran 7.27 in the heats of the 60 metres. Jahisha Thomas ran 8.75 in the heats of the 60 metre hurdles but was unfortunately disqualified in the final. Kertis Beswick ran 8.39 in his heat of the under 20 mens 60 metre hurdles.
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