10 British throwers set for Halle

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Sophie McKinna in the shot put at the 2018 Birmingham Diamond League. Photo: MV4R Photography.

British Athletics has today confirmed that ten athletes will compete at the Halle Throws International in Germany from June 1-2.

Commonwealth champion Nick Miller (club: Border; coach: Tore Gustafsson), who opened his season with victory at the IAAF Hammer Throw Challenge in Brazil last month, is one of five Brits chosen to return to Halle for the second year running having finished third in 2018.

British indoor champion Sophie McKinna (Great Yarmouth; Mike Winch) will once again take to the shot put circle in Germany after a great start to 2019 that has seen her hit the qualification standard for the IAAF World Championships in Doha later this year. She has fond memories of Halle, setting a still-standing British junior record in 2013.

Taylor Campbell (Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow; John Pearson) makes the step up to the senior competition following on from a third himself as an under-23 last year while Welsh pair James Tomlinson (Pembrokeshire; Paul Jensen) in the discus and Sarah Omoregie (Cardiff; Gareth Lease) in the shot put both return for the under-20 competition. Omoregie’s selection follows swiftly on from her achieving the qualifying standard for the European Under-20 Championships with a personal best 15.37m at the Loughborough International.

Javelin thrower Harry Hughes (Newham & Essex Beagles; Mark Roberson) was also in career best form at the Loughborough International, becoming the first Brit to throw over 80m in seven years with his 80.32m personal best and earns selection for the under-23 event for Halle.

Reigning indoor and outdoor British shot put champion Scott Lincoln (City of York; Paul Wilson) and discus thrower George Armstrong (Newham & Essex Beagles; Zane Duquemin), who broke the 60m barrier for the first time in his career last month, will compete as a senior and under-23 respectively and complete a quartet of British men.

Charlotte Payne (Newbury) and Charlotte Williams (Blackburn; Michael Hitchon) have both been chosen for the under-20 hammer having both achieved the European Under-20 Championship qualifying standard this year. Payne will make her British debut in Halle and helps bring the number of athletes set to compete to ten.

Peter Stanley, Head of Field & Combined Events at British Athletics, said: “It is a pleasure that each and every year we are able to take a team to such a highly-rated and world-renowned event in Halle. We have once again selected a strong team of British throwers, many of whom have started the season in career best perform. Halle is a perfect opportunity for both senior and age-group athletes to test themselves against the best in the world as an important year for all involved continues. It is also very positive that each athlete has their own coaching network, which can be seen as a very encouraging illustration of the quality of our developing throws coaches.”

The British team selected for the Halle Throws International 2019:

Senior Men:

Taylor Campbell (Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow; John Pearson) – Hammer

Scott Lincoln (City of York; Paul Wilson) – Shot Put

Nick Miller (Border; Tore Gustafsson) – Hammer

Under-23 Men:

George Armstrong (Newham & Essex Beagles; Zane Duquemin) – Discus

Harry Hughes (Newham & Essex Beagles; Mark Roberson) – Javelin

Under-20 Men:

James Tomlinson (Pembrokeshire; Paul Jensen) – Discus

Senior Women:

Sophie McKinna (Great Yarmouth; Mike Winch) – Shot Put

Under-20 Women:

Sarah Omoregie (Cardiff; Gareth Lease) – Shot Put

Charlotte Payne (Newbury) – Hammer

Charlotte Williams (Blackburn; Michael Hitchon) – Hammer

 

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First published on: 23 May, 2019 6:34 pm

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