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Simbi Sikuru and Precious Hamilton have been selected to go to the English Schools T&F Champs this summer. Both athletes, as well as several other throwers at WGEL, are coached by Norman Simmonds. Simbi is currently lying 7th in the UK U17 Hammer ranking, having thrown 51.86m to win the Essex Championships. And Precious, who joined us around the turn of the year from Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets, lies 13th on the U20 Discus ranking as a bottom year, with a throw of 37.66m at the Southern U20 Champs this month. She will be representing London. Congratulations to both athletes.
Woodford’s women were also in action at Copthall on Saturday for their first round of the UKWL Division One. In a close scoring match they finished in 5th place, as just 15 points covered places two to five. Hosts SBH ran out winners with 202 points ahead of Southampton on 181, Wigan 177.5, Harrow 170, Woodford 166, Swansea 149.5, Crawley 116 and Herts Phoenix on 95, which left the League standings as SBH 8, Southampton 7, Wigan 6, Harrow 5, Woodford 4, Swansea 3, Crawley 2 and Herts Phoenix 1. There were several decent performances led by “A” string wins for Lucy Marshall, Moe Sasegbon, Anna Clark and Gabriella Ade-Onojobi but, despite many athletes covering more than their specialist events, gaps in a couple of events proved expensive in the context of overall team scores, whilst on a positive note for the future the team on the day included seven U/20’s.
Big points scorer: Gabriella Ade-Onojobi
Woodford’s men’s team finished a frustrating 5th in the second-round fixture at Allianz Park (Copthall) on Sunday. Newham produced a strong performance to win with 362 points, from first-round winners Birchfield on 312, Shaftesbury 291, Harrow 283, Woodford 274, Sheffield 250, Cardiff 209 and Blackheath 207. That leaves the League tables at the half way stage, with Newham and Birchfield each on 15, Harrow and Shaftesbury on 11, Woodford in 5th on 8, Cardiff on 5, Sheffield 4 and Blackheath on 3. There were a number of fine Woodford performances, which included double wins in the high jump, long jump and javelin, a 400mH win for Jack Lawrie, and personal bests for Ewan Dyer and Youcef Zatat. Frustration came with a technically correct (but seemingly very unjust) disqualification in the steeplechase, without which Woodford would have placed 4th on the day.
Sam Khogali: long jump victor