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UK Athletics

Another javelin record for Campbell

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The Norwich Union GB team carried on the PB-fest with a strong qualifying performance from James Campbell on Wednesday morning at the World Junior championships.



James Campbell (Cheltenham Harriers) qualified for the final with a new Scottish Record and personal best in the last round of the last heat of javelin qualifying. However he would have had the nerves of his coach Carolyn Franks and team coach Mick Hill jangling as before that point he was languishing in 13th spot – one place away from a final berth, and short of the 69.20m holding 12th position.

His first round throw of 69.06m was followed by a second round 68.48m before finally getting it right in the third with a superb throw reaching 73.18m. It must have felt good because he was celebrating almost as soon as the spear left his hand. With the final taking place later this week and Campbell third in qualifying he will have high hopes of securing his desired top six position.



Amir Williamson (Blackheath & Bromley) took part in the first pool of qualifying for the men’s hammer. Despite improving with every throw with a series of 65.63m, 66.45, and 66.77 he placed seventh in his group with only 3 automatic qualifiers having reached the 70.80 mark.

Group B was a more successful story for the GB team with Alex Smith (Hull Achilles) finishing 5th but more importantly securing the automatic qualification with his second round throw of 72.03 seeing him safely through to Fridays final.



Daniel Awde (Woodford Green & Essex Ladies) had a good start to his two-day decathlon campaign when he clocked the 6th fastest time over 100m in the opening event. His 11.02 was good enough to give him second in his heat and begin the day with a strong points boost as he sought another increase on his PB. Points: 856  Total: 856 Position: 6


Next up was the long jump – and having managed a recent PB of 7.21m he was keen to prove there were still improvements to be made. However, he did not manage to capitalise on his promising early start and dropped in position with 6.76m. Points: 757 Total: 1613 Position: 12


The shot was an event that presented a downturn of fortune for Awde. Finishing last out of all the competitors with 10.55m, meant he ended the first session off the pace at the Chaoyang Stadium.

Points: 519  Total: 2132 Position: 23