December 14, 2017

European U23 Championships

The last week or so has been extremely busy. Every day and evening there seem to have been something else on; with this being the same it has meant that I haven’t been able to find the time to write a post as of late. So, with this being the case, I will dive straight on in with a fairly late report of the U23 European Championships in Tallinn last week.

Getting straight into things, we can say that these championships have been quite successful for the Great British team. Overall as a team GB gained three Gold, three Silver and three Bronze medals over the course of the championships.

Starting with the distance events, it would be the men’s 1500m final where both of the British athletes of Cameron Boyek and Niel Gourney would make the final. both would stay roughly towards the back throughout the race until about 200m to go where both would kick hard. Gourney showed his strength in this slower race grabbing a medal at the very end, finishing in 3rd position in 3:45.04 and Boyek in 7th in 3:45.74. In the women’s 1500m, both Rhianwedd Price and Melissa Courtney would contest the strong final. the race would be won in a CR of 4:04 by the retaining champion, but Price would finish strong grabbing 4th place in 4:10.25.

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There were other notable distance performances coming in men’s 5000m where Jonathan Davies just missed out on the medals in 6th position after the fast last lap. Adelle Tracey would also just miss out not he medals coming in 4th (2:01.66) in the women’s 800m with Katie Snowden also making the final, finishing 6th in 2:03.45.

The fist gold medal for the British team would come from David Omoregie in the 110mh. He would comfortably qualify through both the heats and the semi finals, gaining a good lane for the final. The final would follow a similar pattern where Omoregie would run a brilliant and clean race storming away for victory in 13.63 despite the strong headwind of -1.5 m/s.

David Omoregie wins gold in the 110h
David Omoregie wins gold in the 110h

Probably Britain’s best event in terms of medals came over the women’s 10,000m. Here we would come away with two medals, a bronze and a silver where Rhona Auckland (32:22.79 PB) and Alice Wright (32:46.57) were rewarded for going with the strong pace set throughout the race.

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The other British medals would come over a variety of events. Jasmine Sawyers would win a silver medal in the long jump, jumping a huge distance of 6.71m. The GB 4x400m women’s team would also show their class by beating Poland to win the gold medal in 3:30. Nick Miller was another one of Britain’s gold medalists, throwing a distance of 74.46m in the hammer throw. Leon Reid would also run just outside of his lifetime best, running a time of 20.63 seconds +1.1 m/s in the 200m final which was enough for the silver medal.
Chris Kandu was the final GB medalist jumping a height of 2.21m in the men’s high jump securing the bronze medal.

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Despite the apparent tough selection policy which the GB selectors took, the team which went out to Tallinn showed that they were a certainly strong and able team. Many of the athletes who were out there in Estonia are now back int he UK and still racing to finish off their seasons.

Currently, there is both the Junior (U20) European Championships taking place alongside the World Youth Championships. Britain have sent string teams for both and look to be making a great start with medals already having been won.

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