Erme Valley’s Trigg wins silver at British Championships in Manchester

ERME Valley Harriers triple jumper Sam Trigg claimed his first senior outdoor British Championship medal by winning silver in Manchester on Saturday.

The former British under-23 champion and NCAA finalist came so close to winning gold in the behind closed-doors event at Sportscity.

He went into the lead with his final jump of the afternoon, leaping 15.59m. That was the same distance as experienced Olympian and former European medallist Nathan Douglas had achieved in the first round. But Trigg’s countback record was better and so Douglas knew he had to pull out a season’s best distance to claim his fifth British title. And the 37-year-old managed to do just that, with a 15.80m final effort to deny Trigg gold.

But the 26-year-old former Oxford University and New Mexico student was delighted to make the podium after three tough years with injury since claiming All-American honours and representing Great Britain at the World University Games in 2017.

Trigg said: “I’m really happy to come away with a silver medal at the British Championships.

“It’s been a rough three years since leaving sunny New Mexico but very glad to be finding form again.”

Trigg’s silver medal followed on from City of Plymouth’s David King winning the 110m hurdles the day before.

Tamar Trotters’ Mike Wilsmore did reach the final of the men’s 1,500m, where he finished seventh in a tactical race won by George Mills in 3:51.39. Wilsmore’s final time was 3:53.39, but he had clocked 3:46.57 in Friday night’s heats in his first 1,500m outing of the year.  He was initially disqualified in the heats for obstruction but was reinstated on appeal.

There was joy for Devon with Phil Norman winning the steeplechase in a stadium record time of 8:32.51.

Meanwhile, at the Newquay & Par Throws Series in Cornwall on Saturday, City of Plymouth’s Nubia Evans-Shields continued her dominance of the under-15 girls’ discus event.

She is well clear at the top of the UK rankings with a distance of 35.46m and she continued her consistency with a 34.26m throw on Saturday. No-one else in her age group has managed to throw over 34 metres this year.

Tavistock’s Lois Fileman won the women’s under-20 discus with 33.97m, while she also won the hammer – an event she is ranked in the UK’s top five – with a throw of 47.95m. City of Plymouth’s Hannah Gellatly came second with a new PB of 46.43m.

Edward Fileman claimed a new PB of 56.80m to win the men’s under-20 hammer. He is ranked sixth nationally in that event.

Fellow Tavistock athlete Phoebe Milburn moved up to fifth in the under-15 girls’ hammer with a new PB of 38.02m. Team-mate Louisa Hess took second with a new best mark of 36.82m, which ranks her ninth in the UK. Milburn also took second in the javelin with 20.19m.

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