Athletics: Huge weekend for Harlow athletes

Athletics / Mon 21st Jul 2014 at 10:01am

HARLOW AC athletes were involved at several high profile events last weekend: Richard Chiasarro took part in the Coventry Godiva Classic for wheelchair racers; this year, the event doubled as a European team selection meeting. Chiasarro won all five of his T54 events and must surely now be in line for a spot in the GB team at the Europeans later this summer, to be announced on Tuesday.

Naomi Harryman was part of the victorious England team as they won the Schools’ International Athletic Board match in Cardiff. She participated in the Long Jump and took bronze with a leap of 5.72m. Despite this success she was left wondering what might have been as she appeared to have jumped further with a marginal ‘no jump’.

Will Marklew was crowned Southern Counties Combined Event Champion for the U17 Octathlon, held at Bedford. The first day began solidly enough with the 400m in a time of 55.54s and he achieved a new PB in the hurdles, 15.62s. He was close to his best in the Shot, 12.50m, but fell short of his usual standards in the Long Jump, 5.05m. After Day One he was lying in fifth place. Day Two was an excellent day for him as he threw the Javelin close to fifty metres, 49.42m, and was also close to his best in the High Jump at 1.84m. A throw of 32.42m in the Discus meant that a time under 4.50.0m in the 1500m would see him break his existing points record. He duly did so by running the race, in humid conditions, in a time of 4.47.14m. He amassed 4622 points to claim first place by a 75 point margin.

Harlow had three athletes at the Southern Counties U17 Inter County match at Portsmouth; Ellie Williams and Mohamed Tambedou represented Hertfordshire whilst Bryn Thorpe represented Essex. Tambedou was selected for two events. He was second in the B High Jump with a jump of 1.80m and was unfortunately disqualified in the 100m under the ‘one start rule’ that now applies to junior athletics as it does for senior events. Ellie Williams was a fraction away from her PB in the discus and secured fifth place in the B competition with a throw of 21.23m. Thorpe achieved the same time as two other athletes, 14.7 secs., but was placed fourth in a tight finish in the B 100m Hurdles; this represented a massive new PB, knocking half a second from his previous best time. Hertfordshire were second in the match and Essex third.

SIAB, Cardiff: England 494, Ireland 359, Wales 256, Scotland 223
S C Inter County Match, Portsmouth: Kent 687.5, Herts 631, Essex 592, Sussex 576.5, Hampshire 570.6, Middlesex 543, Buckinghamshire 479.5, Surrey 455

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