Athletics

Bee earns chance to represent England at SIAB International Combined Events Champs

CITY of Plymouth’s Emily Bee will represent England for a second time this year in November.

Bee has earned the chance to compete at the SIAB International Combined Events Championships in Glasgow after finishing fourth in a high-class under-17 girls’ heptathlon at the English Schools’ Championships in Bedford at the weekend.

The top five in the championships all claimed personal best scores of more than 5,000 points, which puts them all in the top 13 in the UK all-time rankings.

Bee ran 11.35 seconds for the 80m hurdles, equalled her high jump PB of 1.68m, threw 10.46m in the shot, ran 25.84 seconds for the 200m, leaped 5.43m in the long jump, threw 33.67m in the javelin and finished with a 2:25.82 minute 800m.

Her total score was 5,065, which was one point better than she had achieved on her way to victory at the South West Championships in June.

Chelmsford’s Jessica Hopkins won gold with 5,127, Stockport’s Abigail Pawlett came second with 5,109 and Windsor’s Jodie Smith was third with 5,103 points.

Last month Bee represent England at the SIAB Track & Field Championships in Scotland where she took gold in the 80m hurdles. She will be hoping for more success when she represents her country again in November.

Bee’s achievement this year has been recognised with her winning the South West junior women’s athlete of the year award. She will be presented with that prize at the end of this month at Exeter Golf & Country Club.

Meanwhile, another young international athlete, Will Battershill enjoyed success in America over the weekend.

The Erme Valley Harrier finished second in the men’s 6k Harvard-Yale-Princeton Cross Country.

He finished in 18.38 minutes, with fellow Brit and Harvard team-mate Hugo Milner winning in 18.32. The pair helped Harvard University win the team event.

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