Some fantastic sprinting which reaped a couple of championship records – along with another meeting best in the triple jump – headlined the opening day of the England Athletics Under-17/Under-15 Championships in Bedford.
Joel Pascall-Menzie set a championship record in the under-17 men’s 100m soon after Nia Wedderburn-Goodison had done likewise in the under-15 girls’ 100m. Earlier, Halle Ferguson had entered the record books on the triple jump runway.
In the men’s 100m, something special seemed on the cards after the heats, when English Schools champion Pascall-Menzie shut down at least 10 metres before the line and won in a legal 10.78 (1.2). He was pushed to run a little harder in his semi-final when the clock flashed up up the sensational 10.39, although the wind speed was to be revealed as 4.7m/sec, thus above the legal limit. Though the wind gauge denied the Newham & Essex Beagles athlete second place on the UK all-time rankings, it was a new championship best by three hundredths.
The brief storm passed in time for the final when he ran flat-out for the first time. His time of 10.46 with a legal following wind of 1.4m/sec took two hundredths off his best. Only three other British athletes in the age group have ever run quicker...
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