Middlesex Senior/ Under 20/ Under 17 County Championships – the Interviews

Many thanks to Alastair Aitken for the report below.

In the meeting at Lee Valley on Bank Holiday Monday was definitely on the cool side for sprinting with the light winds too.

Jude Bright-Davies won the triple jump with a wind-assisted 16.02m improving on his best this year of 15.89m, which he equalled with a legal mark in this competition.
“I am a lot better this year but slightly caught my foot and it made me a bit off balance. It is a hard event but I like the challenge,” said the under-23 who is coached by 1978 Commonwealth Games and European Indoor triple jump finalist David Johnson.

In the combined women’s 1500m Nicole McGovern, a fifteen year old, who was second in the English Schools 800m went well clear of the opposition in the home straight. She is coached by Idris Hamud, whose son Abdirahim Hamud went away from the field with 200m remaining in his Under 17 800m race in 2:00.31. just outside of his PB of 2:00.22. In the seniors Elias Ahmed coached by Steve Mann ran 1:58.52 put in an excellent finish.

English Schools 200m champion Joel Houslin ran his first ever competitive 400m as an Under 17 to win in 51.05. He showed talent back as a 12 year old running 25.83 for 200m.

Cian O’Donnell who had a legal 100m best of 10.74, won the senior final in a wind-assisted 10.69/2.7 and the 200m in a wind-assisted 21.65/2.5 and said
“I was pleased in coming third in the 100m in the Scottish Championships as well as winning here in the Middlesex.”

Michelvi Wamba won the under-17 300m in a PB 40.52 while in the 400m hurdles Gus Carter running from lane four won the 400 hurdles in 58.98 but has a best of 57.43. He hopes with more endurance training to run faster next year and will run indoors.

Elise Modeste, who studies Sports Science at the Middlesex University, won the women’s senior 100m in a wind-assisted 12.19 compared to a best of 12.13.

The pole vaulters had to go indoors to compete for the pole vault and M40 Stanislav Vilga won the senior event with a 3.30m vault.

There was an Under 20 Championships Best by Ella Fryer with 2:14.81 in the 800m.Taking Lucy Webb’s time of 2:15.2 from 2000 off the books. Fryer also took the title in the 400m with 58.80.