Athletics: Medal success for Harlow AC’s Shem and Beth

THERE was great success for two Harlow athletes at the weekend.

Shemar Boldizsar won the English Athletics U23 Championships 200m Gold on Sunday.. His time was 20.65s, fifth fastest by a Briton at any age group this year.

This was a significant breakthrough for the Harlow AC athlete who is now knowing on the door of the top sprinters in the country. You get the feeling there is a lot more to come.

Whilst representing Hertfordshire Schools in the Senior competition, Harlow AC club member, Beth Harryman, had an excellent weekend as she came third in the English Schools’ South Eastern Counties Combined Events Championships. This now qualifies her to compete at the national finals in Exeter in September.

She achieved 4312 points, which is a new PB total. Windy conditions meant that quick times were difficult on the Basingstoke track. Nevertheless, 16.1s in the 100m hurdles represented a decent start. High Jump was next and Harryman scaled a height of 1.61m, only a fraction down from her 1.65m best. She went into the Shot competition in confident mood and 10.48m was again close to her best. Day One ended with a 28.0s 200m, to lie second at the conclusion.

Day Two began with a PB in the Javelin with a throw of 29.45m. In the penultimate event, the long jump, she managed a best on the day of 5.36m. This again was a very good performance only marginally down on her best. The final event was the energy-sapping 800m and her time of 2.41.0minutes saw her agonisingly lose a position in the overall standings.

Meanwhile, at Chelmsford, Grace Iyinbor was representing Essex in the Eastern Counties event in the Intermediate competition. She finished tenth overall which represents an excellent debut for Heptathlon, but does not see her qualify for the Nationals in September.

Iyinbor began with 80m hurdles and ran the distance in 13.1s, which was a solid enough start for her. Her high jump of 1.41m was, like Harryman, just a fraction down on her 1.45m best. Shot was again good at 9.90m and the final event of Day One was a PB at 27.8s.

Day Two began with a 4.20m long jump and then an excellent throw of 30.50m in the javelin. The 800m proved to be as tough as expected and she completed the distance in 3 minutes exactly. Her overall position was tenth and she was the fifth from all Essex athletes, only the top four will be selected for the team event in September.

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