European Junior Championships Day 1

WGwEL's Eugene Ayanful was in action today in Novi Sad, Serbia on the first day of the European U/20 Championships. Eugene, who improved dramatically to 10.44 secs over 100m at Bedford recently when qualifying for these Championships, but suffered a slight injury to his hamstring in the final of the 200m at those trials, qualified this morning for this evening's semi-final as he placed 3rd in his heat with 10.63 secs into a strong headwind of -1.5 m/s. He then placed 2nd in his semi-final in 10.47 secs (-1.3) to gain automatic qualification for tomorrow's final. Eugene was the 2nd fastest of all the qualifiers and has drawn lane six for the final which will include all three British representatives.

Becky Hewitt in triathlon in Italy

Image Becky Hewitt really enjoyed the whole experience of competing and being with the team in Italy. They finished 5th and she had the fastest run split out of the GB girls (4.54 for 1500 after the swim and bike!)
 Since then she has also taken part in the London Youth Games Aquathlon which she won, again the fastest run split (11.08 for 3k after the swim).
 She now has to move up to racing as an elite junior where the distances are longer, 750m open water swim, 20km bike and 5 km run so has had to increase her training accordingly.
 She has also been invited to take part in a week long training camp with the National talent Squad in Loughorough in August.
 All of this means that WGEL hasn’t really seen much of her this season the track but she should be back in action for cross country as the triathlon competition season will then have finished.

UK Young Athletes League 5

4 x 400m. relay team
There was a huge battle for Woodford's young athletes to remain in the Premier Division of the UK Young Athletes League in their final match at Ashton track on Sunday. By finishing 3rd and beating Cambridge Harriers they will almost certainly have done this when the final scores come in.

In the men under 17 class there were many notable performances, with grade 1 performances from Yousef Zatat in the discus with 42.64m, Tom Richards in the  javelin with 51.60m into a stiff headwind and Peter Kirabo 2nd in the triple jump with 13.39m. Yousef also won the B javelin with 41.59m and Peter also achieved a grade 2 performance in winning the U17 high jump with 1.80m.

There was a fine, unexpected win from Ben Phillips in the 400m hurdles in 59.06 sec.


European U/23 Championships Day 4

There was a gold medal for WGwEL's Elaine O'Neill on the final day of the European U/23 Championships in Kaunas. Elaine anchored the GB&NI women's 4x100m squad to victory ove  Poland by a margin of just 0.01 secs.

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