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UK Athletics

Super sixth for Surman in World Junior debut

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Saturday evening at the Chaoyang Stadium and the Norwich Union GB team had more to celebrate, with qualification for the 4 x 400m final and two massive personal best performances.



Gianni Frankis (Basildon AC) stormed in to the final of the 110m hurdles, but made life difficult for himself on the way. The fastest start was followed swiftly by slamming the first and fifth hurdles with his lead leg. Despite this he powered through the field to take second in his semi final in a time of 13.81 – qualifying 5th fastest for tomorrow night’s final, and promising that there was far more to come. Julian Adeniran (Charnwood AC) was disappointed not to make the final following his fifth place in the second semi final – his time of 14.01 short of his 13.93 best this year.


Pole Vault

Luke Cutts (Dearnside) made heavy work of his progression up the heights in the pole vault. Failing twice before clearing 4.90m, he then had one failure at 5.00 and 5.10 before popping over 5.20 at first attempt to add 5 cm to his lifetime best. Yet there was more to come as the bar went to 5.30 and he found himself in completely new territory clearing that on his second attempt to make it a 15cm improvement on his best. Despite failing at 5.36 Cutts knew he had acquitted himself well in the championship arena. “I wasn’t too frustrated with my early failures – it’s just something that happens – I knew that an improvement was coming but it was still great to do it.

“It was awesome to go over 5.20m and I nearly cried when I went over 5.30 – that was unbelievable – I’ve really reached my peak at the right time of the season. The competition was won by Argentina’s German Chiaraviglio with a clearance of 5.71m - a championship record.



James Campbell (Cheltenham Harriers) was massively disappointed with his 8th place in the javelin final with his very first throw of 71.07m– despite entering the championships with top eight as a target. His new Scottish record in qualifying had raised the bar of expectation and Campbell was annoyed not to have repeated his earlier performance. “In qualifying I outdid myself – but in the final it wasn’t to be. “I have to take something from this. Last year at the World Youth I didn’t make the final, this year I made the final but performed poorly, next year I will do much better at the European Championships. “The 71.07 was a solid start – but I thought it would be something to build on – not my best for the day – I tried hard to relax but couldn’t improve.” John Robert Oosthuizen (RSA) won the competition with a championship record of 83.07.



The team qualified comfortably for Sunday’s final despite resting Martyn Rooney for the qualifying stage. The combination of Chris Clarke (Milton Keynes), Kris Robertson (Kirkintilloch), Louis Sellers (Winchester) and Grant Baker (Leicester Coritanians) was good enough to take the team safely through in 3.07.02 despite a late challenge by the Australian quartet who were later disqualified.

Clarke started sensibly before turning on the heat at the final bend and Robertson tool the baton equal to the USA outgoing runner. Robertson and Sellers held 2nd for GB and although the Australian challenge was present on the final leg – Baker was almost casual in his ability to control the pace and ensure GB finished in a safe second – almost catching the USA in the process.





Dominique Blaize (Kingston & Poly) Jade Surman (Birchfield Harriers) completed their Heptathlon tales here tonight with vastly different stories to tell. Blaize, who had battled hamstring and ankle problems for much of the day almost pulled out of the 800m, but determined not to DNF in her first championship, painfully ran the 2 laps detached from the main group finishing in 2.53.34. Her final points total of 5064 for 18th position way down on her best but proof she can battle through the pain when it counts. “It was my first ever champs and I didn’t want to look back on it and the memory to be one of regret. It’s a packed stadium and every step of the way I could hear my name being shouted which really got me round. “So many people have come out to support me and I didn’t want them to have come all this way for me not to finish and now I’m glad I have. If I had been left to my own devices I might have decided not to run but I’ve had loads of support and people encouraging me so I simply had to.”


Meanwhile, from one extreme to another a delighted Jade Surman ran a fine 800m in 2.23.34 to hold on the 6th position in her first world Juniors and add a whopping 225 points to her PB (now 5538) an event she can come back to contend in two years time -such is the youthful nature of her talent.

“I’m just so pleased – I didn’t really have a winter because a lot of it was taken up with rehab from my heel operation last autumn so it wasn’t really training properly. I had a bit of a knee niggle out here but it didn’t effect me on any of my events so I was pleased. “The high jump and my breakthrough was the best part – I’ve not stopped smiling since then, the shot put wasn’t good but overall I’m pleased. “Having said that I wish I’d done this PB earlier this season – I should have done it much earlier – but its one now and I’ve done it here!”