Berlin World Championships

Sarah Claxton this evening qualified for the semi-finals of the women's 100m Hurdles,placing 4th in her heat with a season's best of 12.86 secs (+0.1). Olympic finalist Sarah was the 10th fastest qualifier, and this was her 3rd fastest time ever. On Sunday, Tosin Oke, representing NIgeria, aquitted himself very well in the triple jump qualification, as the former European junior champion  improved his personal best and WGwEL Club record by 1cm with a leap of 16.87m (+0.5). In the heats of the 3000m s/ch,Youcef Abdi, the Olympic 6th placer, representing Australia, went out after clocking 8m49.88 secs.

National Junior League

A strong all-round team performance ensured a good result for the WGwEL Under 20 team in the final Natioanl Junior League fixture of the season. Woodford were 2nd in the fixture on 493 points, behind League champions Blackheath and Bromley  on 504. Woodford finished 5th overall in the League. Amongst the many fine individual performances from both the men and women, the breaking of two 26 year old Club records in the men's relays stood out. The 4x100 team of Ben Peacock, Eugene Ayanful, Sam Watts and Junior Ejehu recorded 42.0 secs for their victory. Tthe 4x400m team of Paul Scanlan (50.5), Nnamdi Umeh (49.4), Ben Peaccock (51.1), and Vincent Ogendengbe, anchoring with a superb 46.5 secs leg won with 3m17.5 secs. 

Full results here

UK Challenge Final and BMC Grand Prix

Whilst the UK’s very best athletes were in Berlin for the opening day of the World Championships, many of the best of the rest were in action in Cardiff at the final of the UK Challenge series, which also featured the final of the BMC Grand Prix series. In the UK Challenge there were victories for four  WGwEL athletes, Tim Abeyie, Graham Hedman, Callum Priestley on the track, and from Emeka Udechuku in the field.

Further weekend action

Over the weekend, in addition to the Cup Final, WGWEL athletes were in action around the country at the England Athletics U/15 and U/17 Championships at Bedford; the Scottish U/23 Championships at Grangemouth, and the Southern Inter Counties at Chelmsford.

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