Record breakers set for England Athletics Age Group Championships

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Dominic Ogbechie after his 2.22 jump at the England Age Group Indoor Championships 2018. MV4R Photography.

After Laura Muir broke the British Indoor mile record last weekend, the younger generation will take to the indoor stage to battle it out to become the champions of England.

After his bronze medal at the Senior British Championships, 17-year-old Jeremiah Azu will look to take the English crown in the U20 Men’s 60m. He clocked an impressive 6.65 at the Müller Grand Prix on Saturday. He’ll be up against English U20 100m champion Chad Miller, who has a 6.85 time under his belt already this season. Azu will also compete in the one lap and facing him will be current UK lead, Fraser Angus, with a time of 21.54.

The U20 Women’s event looks set to be a close one, as both Amy Hunt and Lauren Roy have clocked 7.39, with GB Junior Cassie-Ann Pemberton also in the mix with 7.45.

In the one lap, fresh from her 53.00 time over the 400m and just one week before her British senior debut at the European Championships, British silver medallist Amber Anning (24.01) will look to take the 200m title. However, she’ll be up against the other top three ranked athletes in the UK in this event, Kiah Dubarry-Gay (24.34), Jazmine Moss (24.35) and Georgina Adam (24.43).

King of the jumps, Dominic Ogbechie, is back this year to compete in the U20 Men’s long jump. Last year at these championships, the 17-year-old jumped an age group world record of 2.22m and has recently took the British Senior Indoor silver in the high jump. His best for the horizontal jump is 7.53m, which is a UK and championship record, so he’ll surely put on a show for the crowd in Sheffield again this year.

After taking the British Universities title last weekend, Isabelle Boffey is a favourite in the U20 Women’s 800m. Her time of 2:04.14 this winter is only 0.14 shy of her outdoor PB. But she’ll have to hold off second ranked Emily Thompson, who also goes in the 1500m, if she wants to take the crown.

Over on the field in the U20 Women’s shot put, top of the rankings and fourth place finisher at the British Senior Championships, Sarah Omoregie, will look to impress. Her throw of 14.77 shot her to the top of the UK leader board. But, just 10cm behind her is Serena Vincent, who finished fifth at the British Championships.

In the U17 Men’s 1500m, it looks to be Henry Johnson’s title for the taking, after he set a new PB of 3:57.91 in January, which is a whisker away from the Championship Record.

Over on the field, U17 Women’s UK lead in the long jump, Abigal Pawlett, has a best of 5.90, but the competition is set to be a good one, as Linda Nicholson has a best just 1cm shy of that.

In the younger age groups, stand out performers include Trezeguet Taylor in the U15 Girl’s 60m, who recently ran a record 7.63. In the same age group, it’s Success Eduan who will look to live up to her name in the 200m, with an impressive UK best of 24.38 already set this winter.

The U15 Boy’s 800m could also be a close call, as 1stand 2nd in the rankings, Oscar Logan (2:01.27) and Jake Minshall (2:01.27) will go head to head.

For more information, head to England Athletics website.

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First published on: 21 February, 2019 5:22 pm

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