ATHLETICS: Akinwumi safely over the first hurdle

Joshua Akinwumi's hopes of winning a medal at the big Engish Schools Championships in Gateshead remain on track.

Friday, 8th July 2016, 12:39 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 7:42 pm
Josh Akinwumi won through to the final.

In this morning’s (July 8) heats of the intermediate boys 100m hurdles, the Nene Valley Harrier finished fourth in 13.40 to secure a place in tomorrow’s final.

Akinwumi, a King’s School pupil running for Cambridgeshire, went into the championships ranked third in the UK with a time of 13.1.

Stanground Academy’s Jamelia Henson, also representing Cambs, finished fifth in her intermediate girls 80m hurdles heat in 11.89 and missed out on a place in the final.

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Lincolnshire’s Hannah Molyneaux, the Geoff Capes-trained shot-putter seeking a third consecutive English Schools title, safely came through qualifying to reach the final of the intermediate girls event.

The Lincoln-based Nene Valley Harrier threw 13.61m to win Pool B and was only topped by Pool A winner Gaia Osborne of Hampshire, who threw 14.06.

Cambs’ three representatives in the event - Tierney Augustine of Sawtry College, Priscilla Dadzia of Stanground Academy and Lydia Church of Sawtry College - all failed to make the 12-strong final. Their respective best throws were 11.79m, 11.88m and 11.09m.