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Beesley is second fastest 400mh Junior ever

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10 July 2008


Day Three- Morning Session


Full timetables and results can be found at the World Junior championships website



As the World Junior Championships continue Meghan Beesley (Birchfield Harriers) hits the standard left by 100m silver medallist Ashlee Nelson yesterday, as she stormed through to the final of the women's 400m hurdles with a run incredibly different to her shaky heat yesterday.


The Midlands athlete's time was second fastest on the all time UK Junior rankings and places her third on the senior age group rankings for this year.



Other performances include:



In the first event of the morning Daniel Gardiner(Leeds) continued his decathlon campaign, finishing fourth in the first heat of the men’s 110m hurdles. His time of 15.65 (-0.9m/s) left him in eighth place overall in the rankings.


In the men’s pole vault Scott Huggins (Blackheath & Bromley) bowed out of the competition at 4.90m having failed to reach 5.00m three times. This will be a disappointment to Huggins who cleared 5.10m earlier this season at the Loughborough International.


The second of the two Brit pole vaulters, Andrew Marsh (City of Stoke), qualified for the final on his third and final attempt at 5.10. He will compete again on Saturday 12 July.


A strong run from sixteen year old Shaunna Thompson (Sale) took her across the line first in the women’s 200m. Her winning run of 23.85 (-1.5m/s) will give her confidence going into the semi-final this afternoon.


The second event of the decathlon on day two saw Daniel Gardiner(Leeds) finish sixth in the first of two qualification rounds in the discus. He started with 39.76m, then found extra to throw 40.95, before a failed last attempt.






Richard Kilty
Kilty through to 200m semi-final

GB & NI team captain Richard Kilty (Gateshead Harriers) bagged himself a place in the semi-final of the 200m after a great performance. He crossed the line in second place with his 21.27 (-0.7m/s) effort and will race again this afternoon with a hope of making the final.


“I felt like I got a bit tired by the end but I qualified so Im happy with that and I have to look towards the semi now. I felt a little rusty because I haven’t raced for about three weeks but apart from that I felt good.


“It’s a great honour to be competing for Great Britain and to be team captain of the World Junior team, it’s a dream really.”


Finishing in second place in the 200m heats, crossing the line in 21.70 (-1.8m/s), Chris Clarke (Marshall Milton Keynes) pulled up with a slight hamstring injury. He has since withdrawn from the 200m to seek attention from the UK Athletics medical team and hopes to recover in time for the 4 x 400m relay. 


Following her tough heat in the women’s 400m hurdles yesterday, Meghan Beesley (Birchfield Harriers) ran an incredible race in today’s semi-final winning in 57.24, a new personal best. The time was second in the all time UK Junior rankings and places her third on the senior age group rankings for this year.


“I went out in more of a casual pace than yesterday and kicked hard in the home straight rather than bursting out and nearly falling over.  I know I’m strong in the home stretch and this race gave me the opportunity to do that. I feel a lot better, I’m back on track and I feel strong.”


Peter Smith (Kingston Upon Hull) withdrew himself from the hammer competition due to personal reasons.


The men’s decathlon pole vault event ran into the lunch break here in Bydgoszcz, Daniel Gardiner(Leeds) cleared 4.20m but failed to continue on to the 4.30m mark, leaving him in second place in that event.