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Sussex champs 2021

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Eastbourne Rovers Athletes came home with a haul of medals from the Sussex Championships in Brighton.

Molly Swingler got the day off to a great start as she took gold in the 400m hurdles for U20 women recording a time of 65.8 secs which was good preparation and qualification for the English schools’ championships the following weekend. She also added a gold in the high jump with 1m50. Another gold came from Eleanor Strevens who took the lead in the U17 800m with another impressive time of 2m15.76. Finley Hobbs competed in the 100m for the first time and was thrilled to win his heat and qualifying for the final. Here he surprised everyone with his time of 12.4secs to clinch the gold medal. In the U23 men Liam Hennessey made his comeback to the field events with a 36.55m javelin throw, which although not nearer the 40m line as he had hoped for it still secured the gold medal.

Sprinters Shania Martlew and Daisy Barrow were also in fine form. Shania soared across the line in the 100m in second place in 12.82 then kept with the leaders in the 200m to take the bronze in 26.81. Daisy reversed these positions with a 3rd in the 100m (13.09) and 2nd in the 200m (27.27), a new personal best. Cara Maker (V40) had the chance to concentrate on the long jump and it paid off as she leapt a fantastic 5m12 for a new personal best and the silver medal.

Isabelle Chappell ran a new personal best in the U15 800m in 2m26.71 and brought home the bronze medal. Bryan Brett (V35) is continuing his good from in the 1500m running 4m07.85 for another bronze for Eastbourne.

U15 Caitlyn spencer put all her energy into her heats winning in personal best times of 44.8secs in the 300m and 27.9 in the 200m and so qualifying for both finals. She was then unlucky to miss out on the medals. 

Eastbourne athletes did well in the 1500m races. Ellie Mclean(U17) ran a superb personal best of 4m56.52 and was unlucky to miss out on the medals in 4th place. Kaleb Berhane ran a well-paced race keeping with the pack and sprinting for home in the final 200m. He was pleased with his first placing in the ‘B’ race. Ben Brown (U17) had to work hard in a strong field crossing the line in 4th with 4m 35.97. In the U15’s Ilya Korchev clocked 4m44.43 for 6th fastest.

James Stephen first tackled the 800m where he came 3rd in the ‘B’ race with 2m14.25 and then sprinted to a personal best in the 200m with 26.11. Dermot O’Rourke came 5th in the U15 800m in another new personal best of 2m31,92.

The U13’s are ready for action in their Sussex Championships next week.