A talented crop of young English athletes played their part in a stunning record medal haul for the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team at the European Athletics U18 Championships in Jerusalem.
The team of up-and-coming track and field athletes representing the home nations secured an overall medal tally of 16, beating the previous GB&NI best performance of 13 medals won in 2016.
Speaking after the Championships, Team Leader Laura Kerr said:
“These young athletes have embraced the opportunity to step onto the international stage. With 16 medals and 22 personal bests, many of them have significantly outperformed their rankings. I have been very impressed with their preparations, behaviours and execution and want to thank their parents and congratulate their personal coaches. It is vital these athletes continue to refine their skills, abilities and behaviours in order to fulfil their potential as senior athletes.”
From everyone at England Athletics, we’d like to offer huge congratulations to all the GB&NI athletes, staff, coaches, clubs and families, for a fantastic Championships. We look forward to seeing the team continuing to develop in the sport and bring, we hope, future success.
The GB&NI medal winners from England were:
- Cleo Agyepong (John Hiller, Blackheath & Bromley) – shot put
- Mia McIntosh (Jake Awe, Harrow) – 100m hurdles
- Nia Wedderburn-Goodison (Andre Williams, Harrow) – 100m
- Charlotte Henrich (Carlo Monticolombi, Invicta East Kent) – 400m
- Faith Akinbileye (John Blackie, Blackheath & Bromley) – 200m
- Annie Mann (James Mann, Southampton) – 1500m
- Ophelia Pye (David Hemery, Marlborough Athletics) – 400m hurdles
- Renee Regis (Tamunonengiye-Ofori Ossai, BFT Track Academy), Faith Akinbileje (John Blackie, Blackheath & Bromley) and Etty Sisson (Grant Barker, Charnwood) – girls medley relay team
- Jess Bailey (Matthew Long, Leven Valley) – 3000m
- Edward Bird (Mark Pauley, Poole AC) – 3000m
- Renee Regis (Tamunonengiye-Ofori Ossai, BFT Track Academy) – 100m
- Stephanie Okoro (Tony Benton, Havering) – 400m hurdles
- Iris Downes (Colin Lancaster, Shrewsbury) – 800m
- Teddy Wilson (Tamunonengiye-Ofori Ossai, BFT Track Academy), Dejaune Lingard (Ryan Freckleton, Cambridge Harriers) and Tom Gaunce (Jake Awe, Dacorum) – boys medley relay team
To read more on the success of the GB&NI team at these Championships, visit British Athletics.
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