Athletics: Leo grabs bronze in Southern Counties Indoor Championships

Athletics / Fri 20th Dec 2019 pm31 03:39pm

IN a curiosity brought about the Olympic cycle, the Southern Counties Indoor Championships were brought forward to December.

Leo Chashchin was Harlow’s only representative and he was competing in his first senior event, the Senior Men’s Heptathlon.

Day One saw him compete in the first four events. 60m sprint was first up and he ran a new PB time of 7.35s. This was particularly encouraging as he had missed some training due to lower leg soreness. He went into the long jump, a traditionally strong event for him, in good spirits. He jumped close to his best with a best jump of 6.66m to secure good points. Shot was next and this was a new challenge as it was his first competitive throw with the senior weight implement. His best effort was a creditable 9.40m. The day ended with high jump where again he was close to his best, jumping 1.83m with 1.87m being his best.

Day Two saw him in 60m hurdle action first up. He ran 9.05s setting a PB mark with hurdles at adult height. Pole vault was next and this was an event that proved to be a turning point for him.

To this point he had been down the field but some solid vaulting by him, coupled with several athletes recording ‘no height’, saw him catapulted into medal contention. His best attempt, 3.97m, was tantalisingly close to the 4m mark that has been his personal target for some time now. Running the kilometre in under three minutes would see him remain in a medal position. He managed this and 2.54.0 minutes was good enough to hang on to third place.

His final points tally of 4561 was an excellent reward for two days of consistent performances. He has done enough to secure an invite to the National Indoor Championships in Sheffield after Christmas, a fantastic achievement after just one senior performance. Additionally, he has international ambition and will be testing himself at an open event in Estonia early in the new year.

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