27.Feb.12 Records fall in Birmingham as Johnson-Thompson adds to gold medal tally
Katarina Johnson-Thompson added two gold medals to take her tally of national indoor titles to 13, including a World Junior qualifying mark in the high jump, while records fell on the track at the Aviva England Age Group Indoor Championships.
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The multi-events athlete sailed to a new Championship Best of 6.30m in the junior women's long jump, her third successive CBP in that event, on day one, before clearing 1.85m – a qualifying standard for the IAAF World Junior Championships – in the high jump on day two at the NIA, Birmingham.
Katarina then went head-to-head with the Commonwealth Youth 100m hurdles Champion from last summer Yasmin Miller in the 60m hurdles and finished a close second to Miller who took the win in a fine personal best of 7.45 seconds.
In the junior men’s 60m hurdles, the final track event of the weekend, Warrington’s James Gladman broke Andy Pozzi’s UK Best with 7.65.
The James Hillier-coached athlete knocked over a tenth of a second off his best over the course of the weekend to go one better than the silver he won last year behind Pozzi.
There was a fantastic treble in the under 15 boys’ age group from Charnwood’s Owin Sinclair who won the 60m in 7.19 on day one and followed it on day two with double wins in the long jump with 5.81m and the 200m with 22.30 – his best result of the three and the second fastest ever indoor 200m by an under 15 boy.
Sinclair wasn’t the only sprinter to win multiple titles with Blackheath & Bormley’s Adam Gemili also doubling up in the junior men’s 60m and 200m with 6.68 and 21.20 – both indoor bests and high on the all time list. Liverpool’s Alex Boyce won the junior men’s 400m in an equally impressive 47.82, becoming the first junior to break the 48 second barrier this year.
In the under 17 men’s, Jermaine Hamilton also won 60m and 200m double with 6.94 in the 60m and a lightning quick 21.73 to win the 200m.
Commonwealth Youth 200m Champion from 2011 Dina Asher-Smith was another athlete to win a fine sprint double in personal bests to demonstrate her progression through the ranks.
World and European Junior 100m Champion Jodie Williams tuned up for the IAAF World Indoors in Istanbul next month with victory in the junior women's 60m in a time of 7.47 seconds.
Jodie said: "I was definitely hoping for a faster time with it being my last junior competition, I wanted to go out with a bit more of a kick but I'm happy with the win."
In the distance events there were two standout performances. Skyrac AC’s Jordan Bransberg front-ran his way to a new personal best of 1:50.31 in the junior men’s 800m to go fourth on the UK junior all time list. He was presented with his gold medal by George Bunner – Sportshall founder who won junior 800m outdoors gold in 1950.
Carlisle’s Chelsea Nugent also front-ran her way to victory, with 2:12.71 to win the under 15 girls’ 800m and break Lynsey Sharp’s UK Best in the age group.
Chris Kandu went to third on the UK all time list with a personal best jump of 2.08m to win the under 17 men's high jump and put much his success down to his coach John Herbert and being able to learn from experienced internationals such as Dalton Grant and Martyn Bernard at Lee Valley Athletics Centre.
Shaftesbury Barnet’s Sabrina Bakare ran the fastest time of the year so far in the under 17 women’s 300m, running to a clear victory in 39.16 seconds, while Hannah Brier managed a Welsh Best of 24.85 in the under 15 girls’ 200m on the second day which she added to her 60m gold from day one.
In the under 17 men’s shot, Kai Jones won with a huge 17.46m to show that moving up an age group and using a heavier shot is proving no problem for the Ealing, Southall & Middlesex athlete.
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Photos courtesy of Gwen Harris (www.gwenharrisphotograhy.com and David Griffiths
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