Athletics: Harlow athletes back on the track

Athletics / Mon 19th Apr 2021 am30 07:53am

FOLLOWING the enforced hiatus at the height of the Covid pandemic, athletics has returned. Two Harlow athletes took part at the Worthing Early Season Opener. The event was a mix of traditional and innovative distances and drew a large – socially distanced – field of athletes all eager to get their seasons underway. Shemar Boldizsar ran in both the 100m and the 150m, whilst Marley Sarling ran in the 150m only.

The format saw athletes compete in a series of graded finals and Boldizsar’s final heat was a quality field: Ciaran McGuire, a top 100 ranked senior, had travelled all the way from Gateshead to compete; Anton Bachorski, the Polish U23 champion was making his first start as a Tonbridge athlete; Bailey Wright was ranked sixth as an U23 last year and Bryn Smith was ranked ninth in the same age group. Both represent Eastbourne. Boldizsar emerged victorious with a time of 10.71s in to a headwind.

In the 150m Sarling was in the sixth of eight heats. This was his first outing as an U20 and he was up against three senior athletes and an U23 athlete that he last encountered at the East of England Championships in 2019. He was placed in equal third in an extraordinary finish that even the photo finish photograph failed to find a discernible point of difference between the two athletes. His time of 17.09s bodes well for a strong showing at 200m, his favoured event.

Boldizsar was in the final heat and again the field was high quality. The field contained Kesi Oludoyi, ranked U23 fourth in 2019, Dominic Ashwell who was world junior champion, and the UK’s national age group champion, also in 2019. Zanson Plummer and Anton Bachorski made up the rest of the race. Boldizsar powered through the field to record the victory in 15.84s. Once again the wind was legal and ensured that he left the venue satisfied by his day’s work.  

Full results are available at the following link: bit.ly/3aj0ufw

Away from competition, Harlow AC has enjoyed more good news recently with the selection of Boldizsar to the British Athletics Future’s Programme. Sarling has been selected for the Youth Talent Programme and James Petty is now part of the Hub Programme. Bebe Jackson’s performances brought her to the attention of the UK’s para programme and she is now on the pathway for ambulant athletes and Ggo Mizuma gained selection for wheelchair athletes. All of these programmes provide opportunities for those selected to hone their skills and develop under the guidance of national mentors. To have five selected from such a small club is testament to the hard work of athletes and coaches alike.  

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