5th August 2017
Sensational six medals in Nottwil at Para Juniors
Confidence is high amongst the British team at the World Para Athletics Juniors as six more medals were won and five personal bests were achieved on the penultimate day of action.
After his gold in the 200m yesterday, Portsmouth’s Craig Boardman (coach: Paul Smith) was in astonishing form as he set an unofficial European record in the T34 100m U20 on his way to gold, clocking a best of 15.25 (+0.7).
Later in the day, after two medals already, Jack Agnew (Heather Ardis) finally sealed the gold in the T53/54 800m U20, winning in a time of 1:46.37 for his first time on top of the podium on the world stage. It was a breakthrough moment for the Northern Irish athlete who excelled over the two lap distance.
A terrific third gold came in the guise of Eve Dann (Roger Sexton), earning a fantastic second title of the championships in the T35-38 100m U18, in a remarkable career best time of 15.09 (+0.1). The T36 athlete from North Down athletics club has enjoyed a sensational maiden appearance in a British vest.
In the same race, Daphne Schrager (Alan Richardson / Rob Ellchuk) (T35) also set a personal best of 16.51, another big step forward for the Bath-based sprinter who finished fourth overall.
One of the highlights of the day came with a sensational silver for Jayden Saberton (Lee Walker) in the T35-38 100m U18, his first medal of the championships. The T37 athlete crossed the line in a time of 12.46 – an equal PB – in the mixed classification event, taking the silver via the raza points system.
Amar Aichoun (Jeffrey Lawal-Balogun) was another athlete gaining his second medal of the championships, on this occasion a silver in the T35-38 100m U18, narrowly missing out on gold by one hundredth, but it was a fine effort by Thames Valley man who recorded 11.95 (-0.1).
After two golden moments during the opening two days, Amy Carr (Rick Betts) settled for a brilliant bronze in the T35-38 100m U20 event, and was awarded third place on the raza system after a time of 14.98 (+0.3).
Eden Rainbow-Cooper (Jenny Archer) was fourth in the women’s T53/54 800m U18, posting a time of 2:08.24, pushing well in the closing stages to set a lifetime best by over a second, an impressive achievement after already racing in two races this week.