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UK Athletics

Nelson Takes Bronze At World Juniors

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There were smiles all round as the Norwich Union GB and NI team reached its medal target of three with two days of play remaining at the Chaoyang stadium. Alex Nelson who had all but written off his own medal chances this week won bronze – although he was made to wait as a couple of protests were considered by officials.


Nelson (City of Stoke) competed in the 200m final crossing the line in 4th position in 21.14 and was accepting of his place immediately: “It’s not a problem. It was always going to be tough. The main aim was to get to the final. “I’ve had a good week but I knew from the heats and the semi that I was lacking over the last 40m so I tried to old something back on the bend so I could be stronger n the home straight but those guys were just faster than me on the day.  “You can go on about injuries and preparations for weeks but the fact is the championship is now and you have to race it. Fourth was about all I could expect.”


That is, until 10 minutes after the race had finished and the official results system still had not posted an official result. Rumours spread that a protest had been made immediately after the race and when the official screens showed result for the men’s 200m, Ukrainian Dmytro Ostrovsky’s name was missing from the top three, and Alex Nelson had been promoted to Bronze. A counter protest which took a further 20 minutes was to no avail, and although initially unimpressed by his elevation, Nelson started to allow the feeling of being a world medallist sink in. “I was resigned to fourth position and I wouldn’t say I was happy but I accepted it. But now I have to say I’m happy because you always want to come away with a medal from a championship– and the rules are there. “Now I’ve got this I want to get another – and I want to make sure we bring home gold in the relay!”



With one medal secured, eyes turned to Alex Smith to see if he could manage a top eight finish in a highly competitive hammer field. Yet things did not click for Smith on the night, and he missed the cut off for the remainder of the throws with a best of 70.77, finishing 10th in the final. “I’ve not had the best time in terms of the last couple of months coming into this – things just haven’t been clicking as I would want them to and I should have done a lot better but it just wasn’t there,” he said “The whole experience has been amazing though and it has taught me so much about how on the button you need to be coming into these things. I felt great in qualifying, but tonight I tried too hard on my first two throws and by the third I was thinking about what I needed to get through.”




Zara Hohn managed to follow through on her promise to “shock people” with her performances in Bejing by reaching the final and setting a new personal best. The Wakefield Harrier came third in the third of three semi finals but by far the fastest of the “fastest losers” with 13.71. Lining up for the final, it was always going to be tough for her to improve on gaining a PB – but her fifth place and a clocking of 13.62 only just managed to put a smile on her face: “I felt alright on the run but when I saw the replay on the big screen I saw loads of things I should have done better. “Don’t get me wrong, I’m pleased with a PB and a place in the final because that is exactly what I came here to do – but I wanted more, perhaps 13.50. But I have to be pleased with what I have done.”


High Jump

Vikki Hubbard (Grantham & District) and Jessica Leach (Dudley and Stourbridge) suffered mixed fortunes in qualifying for Sunday evening’s final. Leach crashed out and could only clear 1.78m for 8th in qualifying group A, however Hubbard cleared 1.81 and finished 5th in group B in 11th position out of the 12 qualifiers.



Dominique Blaize and Jade Surman continued in the manner of the first morning with more strong performances over the shot and 200m to both maintain a top ten position in a high quality field.

Blaize rose to sixth in the leader board with a 12.23m shot put (676 points and 2506) whilst Surman dropped a couple of places with 11.50m (628 points for 2462) to go to tenth.


In the final event of the day however, both scored well within the 200m – both third in their heats, but Blaize clocking 25.01, whilst Surman was timed at 25.39. With an additional 886 points for Blaize and 851 points for Surman, the two hold strong overnight positions.


Scores – Dominique Blaize – 3392 – 6th , Jade Surman 3313 – 9th.