Another four superb championship record performances were produced as the country’s best youth athletes gathered in Bedford for the second day of the England Athletics Under-17 and Under-15 Championships.
Breaking the 30-year-old championship record held by Olympic medallist Katharine Merry, the appropriately named Success Eduan (Sale Harriers Manchester, Anita Richardson) clocked an amazing 23.71 with the wind just over the legal limit.
Meanwhile, U17 200m winner Joel Pascall-Menzies set his second championship mark of the weekend and Nandy Kihuyu also set new figures in the U15 300m. Then in the last final of the day, Joseph Harding (Basildon AC, Tony Jarrett) smashed a 20-year championship best in the U17 100m hurdles.
As well as beating Merry’s meeting best time of 23.74, Eduan’s clocking in the 200m was also one hundredth faster than the Birchfield Harriers legend’s UK U17 best.
However, with the wind gauge showing +2.3m/sec, that mark will remain on the books a little longer at least.
Nevertheless, it was a great performance by Eduan – who ran a PB of 24.31 in the semi-final to climb into the UK all-time top 10 for the age group, collecting more silverware after her English Schools’ title in July.
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