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Nelson secures 100m Silver

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Day Two- Afternoon Session 

 

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

 

 

Ashlee Neslon (City of Stoke) secured the Norwich Union GB & NI's first medal of the World Junior Championships taking silver in a blistering women's 100m final. Nelson's 11.49 performance ended a day of great action from the young British athletes.

 

Rick Ward (City of Norwich) was unlucky to go out of the men’s 800m competition. His run of 1:51.97 left him in sixth place and was not enough to take him through to the final.

 

He said: “I felt terrible as soon as the gun went off. I think the moment just got to me.”

 

Daniel Gardiner (Leeds) bowed out of the men’s decathlon high jump event at 1.90m having failed three attempts at the height. He finished sixth in his round.

 

Sophie Hitchon (Blackburn Harriers) consolidated her encouraging performance at the World Juniors finishing in seventh place in the final with an 58.45m throw.

 

Hitchon, one of the youngest members of the NU GB & NI team, said: “I’m really pleased, my aim was to get to the final and get top eight and I did that so I’m pleased.”

 

Nigel Levine (Windsor Slough Eton & Hunslow) ran strongly in the second semi-final of the men’s 400m. His time of 47.14 left him in third place, however he narrowly lost out on a fastest loser qualifying place in the final to teammate Jordan McGrath who was in the final heat, a faster race.

 

McGrath (Birchfield Harriers) scraped through to the final of the 400m with 47.13 in a difficult race. The Birmingham born athlete, who finished fourth, said: “It was hard to stick to my race plan being in lane nine, I’ve never even seen a lane nine. The worlds are a different league, it’s very fast over the first two hundred metres, it’s like there’s a bunch of Chris Clarkes out there!" (referring to GB & NI 200m hopeful Clarke who will race tomorrow morning)

 

Lynsey Sharp (Edinburgh AC) struggled at the start of her 800m semi-final. She found herself in last place for the first 400m, then managed to summon some extra strength towards the final 200m but it was just too late. She finished in sixth place with a time of 2:09.00

 

Progressing to the final of the women’s 800m is Alison Leonard (Blackburn Harriers) who ran an incredible race, leading the pack throughout. She crossed the line first, in 2:04.07 and goes through as fastest overall from the semis.

 

In the final decathlon event of the day Daniel Gardiner clocked off in fine form with second place in the 400m. Although not his favourite event, he smashed his personal best by two seconds, clocking 50.09. He goes into the second day in eighth place.

 

 

Ashlee Nelson (City of Stoke) confirmed that she truly is a star in the making as she ran a blistering women's 100m final, crossing the line in second place with 11.49 (-0.6m/s) and claiming team NU GB & NI's first medal of the competition. Nelson, who dominated each of the rounds leading up to this final test, was narrowly beaten by Jeneda Tarmoh (USA).

 

She said: "Wow! Last year the Brazilian girl beat me, but I put in a year of damn hard training and just look what's happened, it's just so good. I've set the standard now so these guys better get on the track and get some medals. Bring on the relay.

 

"When I saw the American girl on my left I panicked slightly but something's that happens, I'll take that on board, learn from it for next year and see what happens there.

 

"Rankings don't mean anything, absolutely nothing. When you get onto the track anything can happen. The American guy got disqualified yesterday in the semi, things like that just make you think 'I don't care, I'll just sit in these block till everyone else is out because I didn't come all this way to get disqualified' "

 

"I had a few niggles at the beginning of the week but UKA have been brilliant looking after me, all the physio's out here. It's just amazing when you've got team managers who are doing everything they can to make sure everyone on the team performs to their best."