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Club: Connect London Relays & Open Hurdles Races-

Lee Valley Saturday 5th September 2020  

Five club records fell on an impressive day of competition at the London Club: Connect Relays and Hurdles Meeting at Lee Valley on Saturday.

The relays event has been a highlight for club teams in recent years as it has been held as part of the Anniversary Games at the Olympic Stadium and the substitute competition at Lee Valley, although arranged at short notice, did not disappoint.

The Under 17 women were the first to set new clubs marks, and as the squad included three of the quartet who had claimed the Under 15 record two years ago, this was always on the cards.  Shalom Gbadebo’s opener set of Karis Thomas (the addition to the squad since 2018) cruised down the back straight to hand over to Paige Robinson whose fine bend set up Aaliyah Payne to blast home in a time of 48.87s, which took two-tenths of the club mark set 15 years ago, which was also the Under 20 record. The quartet might of gone faster in the final but last leg runner Aaliyah felt a slight muscle pull so had to ease up, but still brought the team home in second.

Record breaking U17 men’s squad, with coach Rachel Kerr (credit: Nicole Blanc)

The Under 17 men also tasted double success in claiming the club Under 17 and Under 20 marks but it looked unlikely after the squad failed to get the baton round in their heat. However, with each team guaranteed two races in this non-championship race they made amends in the final as Sam Sanusi blasted off, handing over to Ridwan Salaam, whose perfect change set off Jacob Blanc round the bend to hand over to Denzel Achi who brought the squad home in third. Their time of 43.60s not only took a second off the mark set in the Olympic Stadium event from July 2019, it was also inside the club Under 20mark dating from 1986.

On a day of many successes the Under 13 boys relay squad of Jack West, Joel Ajayi, Kaesi Okoro and Jude Ogundare impressed in finishing runners up in their A final, and the Under 15 girls also finished second as Cassie Campbell, Paris King, Steph Okoro and Rhys Cole successfully carried the baton round.

The day ended in style as Sam Sanusi earned his second club record of the day. The England Athletics indoor hurdles silver medallist blasted out of the blocks and despite clipping two hurdles and running into a headwind improved on the previous club Under 17 men’s 100m hurdles mark from 2012, to top the UK rankings this year.

The other hurdles highlight saw Al-Ameen Salaam go into the club all time Under 15 boys’ 80m hurdles top 10 with his debut at the event and five other hurdlers set new career marks to mark a highlight of the short summer season so far. 

RESULTS:

Sprint Relays (4 x 100m)

Under 13 Boys (Jack West, Joel Ajayi, Kaesi Okoro, Jude Ogundare): Heat 2nd 53.40s. A Final: 2nd 53.13s

Under 13 Girls (Abigail Rogers, Scarlett Woods, Maggie Smith, Charlotte Casey-Sweeney):Heat 2nd 61.51s. B Final: 2nd 62.25s

Under 15 Boys (Daniel Lammas, Al-Ameen Salaam, Reece Malcolm, Chris Agnimel): Heat 1st 48.02s. A Final: 7th 47.98s

Under 15 Girls (Cassie Campbell, Paris King, Stephanie Okoro, Rhys Cole):Heat 2nd 50.50s. A Final: 2nd 50.81s

Under 17 Men (Sam Sanusi, Ridwan Salaam, Jacob Blanc, Denzel Achi):Heat DNFs. A Final: 3rd 43.50s Club U17 & U20 Record

Under 17 Women (Shalom Gbadebo, Karis Thomas, Paige Robinson, Aaliyah Payne):Heat 1st 48.87s. Club U17 & U20 Record A Final: 2nd 48.94s

Under 20 Men (James With, Ayo Babatunde, Daragh Thomas, Malcolm Oshungbohun): Heat DNF.

Under 20 Women (Uche Okpalauko, Esther Agnimel, Charlie Wright, Jade Kavanagh): Heat 5th 51.20s.

Hurdles

Under 15 Boys Al-Ameen Salaam 11.78s PB (8th fastest by a club U15B)

Under 15 Girls Paris King 11.80s; Stephanie Okoro 11.93s PB; Beth Jarrett 12.15s PB; Ruby Tilson 12.25s PB; Eliza Poulson 12.80s PB; Kayla Wyatt 13.25

Under 17 Men 1st Sam Sanusi 13.04s PB Club U17 & U20 Record; Jacob Blanc 13.85s; James With 14.14s

Under 17 Women Paige Robinson 12.52s PB

Round Up

Shandell Taylor claimed his first senior national medal as he won bronze at the televised British Championships at Manchester on Friday.

Shandell’s third round jump of 7.37m put him in contention for a podium place and after being edged into fourth in round four, he improved to 7.45m in the fifth round which proved to be good enough for national bronze. His leap received compliments from TV commentators Steve Backley and Jess Ennis-Hill’s coach Toni Minichello. 

The podium place confirmed the 20-year-old’s ability to rise to the big occasion as it followed his bronze in last year’s England Athletic Under 23 championships and his break-through victory in the English Schools in a new club record two years ago.

Results from LICC Challenge at Lee Valley Sunday 6th

100m: Olivia Boachie (U17W) 12.85s PB; Uche Okpalauko (U17W) 12.91s; Emma Ramsden (U20W) 13.24s

400m: Nina Brennan (W35) 64.89s

800m: Kieran O’Hara (SM) 2:04.95; Adam McCarthy (SM) 2:11.88; Natalie Sewell (U17W) 2:21.79s; Maddie Barker (U17W) 2:24.04s PB; Ginte Bailey (SW) 2:25.13s

3000m: James Stewart (SM) 9:29.76s

Results from Newham Sprints at Stratford Sunday 6th

100m: Akeem Akintokun 11.14w (11.30 Round 1)

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