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Neita blows rivals away in 100m final
3:58pm Tuesday 10th July 2012 in Athletics
CAMBRIDGE Harriers’ Darryl Neita literally blew the rest of the field away to win the U17 English schools’ track & field championship 100m in a new championship record of 11.63s.
As well as breaking the club record in the process, Neita will now go on to compete later this month for England at the schools’ international.
“It was like Usain Bolt running away from the rest of the field at the Beijing games,” said one observer.
Later in the day Neita combined with fellow Cambridge Harrier Renee Ross Gordon and two other girls from London to win the U17 4x100m.
Sabriha Sinha didn’t fare quite so well as a big field of 14 saw her boxed in, then pushed and shoved in a very competitive 1,500m final.
Using extra energy to extricate herself from the box and trying to run round the pack took its toll and a final 10th place left her disappointed but with some good experience of championship running.
Tobi Esan (11.37s) and Shekinah George Lawal (12.87s) both ran well but exited at the 100m semi-final stage.
Esan combined with Frano Vainio Doiseul to run in the 4x100 relay which qualified from the heats but was disqualified in the final Ruth Onyekwe timed 12.14s to take fifth spot in the senior girls’ 100m, while Joe Epps ran a personal best of 58.01s to finish eighth in the U17 boys’ 400m hurdles.
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