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Norwich Union GB Juniors' second day in Mannheim

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Norwich Union GB’s Junior hurdlers, sprinters and relay runners enjoyed a string of victories on the second day of the Junior International meeting in Mannheim, Germany, on Saturday 8 July.

 

Perri Shakes-Drayton won her 400m hurdles in 58.15 seconds, a personal best by a third of a second taking her further inside the qualifying time of 59.20 for the IAAF World Junior Championships to be staged in Beijing next month. She held her form brilliantly against Germany’s Frederike Schonfeld, who was second only four-hundredths of a second adrift.

 

The UK’s current No.2, Ellen Howarth-Brown won her heat in 60.58 seconds, outside her PB of 58.74 at Crystal Palace on 18 June.

 

Gianni Frankis won his 110m hurdles heat in 14.02 seconds into a slight head wind of 0.3 m/s but went on to finish third in 13.91 in the final (wind: -1.1) behind Frenchman Samuel Cocoviloin (13.49) and Egyptian Idriss Ta Abd El-Rahman (13.88) . Julian Adeniran consolidated his position as current UK No.2 by winning the B final in 13.99, only two-hundredths outside his PB despite a head wind of 0.8 metres per second.

 

Norwich Union GB (Ryan Scott, Rion Pierre, Harry Aikines Aryeetey and Luke Fagan) won the Men’s 4x100m in 40.34 seconds,0.36sec ahead of Sweden. And Joselynn Hopeson, Joey Duck, Lucy Sargent and Asha Philip united to win the Women’s 4x100m in 45.25, 0.17sec ahead of Germany.

 

And the sprinters rounded-off their successful venture with successes in the 200m.

Norwich Union GB provided three of the four fastest sprinters in the Men’s 200m. Aikines Aryeetey was fastest of all in winning the quickest heat (wind: +0.4 m/s) in 21.07 seconds, nine-hundredths ahead of Pierre. Fagan won his heat in 21.25 (wind: -0.1 m/s), the fourth fastest time of the series. The Beijing qualifying standard is 21.15.

 

Lucy Sargent – aiming for her second successive IAAF World Junior Championships – sped to the top of the UK Junior Women’s 200m rankings for the season when she won her heat (wind: +1.1 m/s) in 23.94 seconds, a fifth of a second ahead of Julia Sutschet (Germany). Duck was fourth in 24.40. The Beijing standard is 23.95.

 

There were Norwich Union GB successes in the field, too.

 

Amy Harris won the Women’s long jump with 6.38m, adding a centimetre to the PB she established at the UK Challenge Bedford International Games last month and going further beyond the Beijing standard of 6.15m.

 

Luke Cutts pole vaulted 5.15m for the first time outdoors – equalling his indoor PB. The height also happens to be the Beijing qualifying mark.

 

Satisfying though the results were, the Norwich Union GB team flew home knowing the task in Beijing will be much tougher – and also well aware that their next crunch time comes at the Norwich Union AAA Under 20 Championships, incorporating the World Junior Trials, at Bedford a fortnight hence.