King makes it safely to Japan as young club colleagues impress at SW Championships

PLYMOUTH’S international hurdler David King has made it safely to Japan ahead of making his Olympic debut at the start of next month.

King flew out with the Team GB athletics team on Monday and is now at a holding camp in Yokohama, where he will stay until a few days before he competes in Tokyo on August 3.

Before he left he enjoyed one final training session at Brickfields alongside some of City of Plymouth’s up-and-coming athletes.

Among those training alongside him on Saturday were Nicolas Maczugowski and Adam Dingley, who both went and smashed their PBs the following day at the South West Inter-Counties Championships at Exeter.

The young pair, representing Devon, finished first and second in the under-15 boys’ 80m hurdles.

Maczugowski took victory in 11.60 seconds, which was not only a PB but also a new City of Plymouth record. Dingley claimed silver in 11.70 seconds. Both are in the UK’s top 10.

Maczugowski also won the discus in 34.27m, while Dingley set a new PB of 5.38m to take silver in the long jump.

City of Plymouth team-mate Emily Bee was another sprint hurdles winner for Devon at Exeter. She triumphed in the under-20 women’s 100m hurdles event in 14.35 seconds.

Tavistock’s Josh Allott triumphed in the under-13 boys’ 75m hurdles with a 13.64 second run. He also won a silver medal in the long jump with 4.34m and a bronze in the 200m in 28.52 seconds.

Henry Curtis, who had been City of Plymouth’s under-15 hurdles record holder, was second in the under-20 110m hurdles event at Exeter with a 14.54 second run for Cornwall. He also equalled his 100m flat PB of 11.35 seconds to take bronze in that event.

Dan Pearce, also representing Cornwall, claimed the senior men’s 110m hurdles title in 16.95 seconds, while Erme Valley’s Isabella Trowell, competing for Devon, claimed bronze in the 70m hurdles in 13.23.

In the longer hurdles events, there was a new PB and a gold medal for Plymouth and Cornwall’s Kate Gray. She triumphed in the under-17 300m hurdles event in 46.34 seconds, which ranks her 11th in the country.

English Schools’ pole vault medallist Noah Jones ran a PB of 64.05 seconds to take silver in the under-17 400m hurdles, while also winning his specialist event.

English Schools’ discus champion Nubia Evans-Shields continued her long unbeaten run by winning the under-15 girls’ event with 36.59m, while Devon team-mate Ella Patterson (Tavistock) was third in 22.00m.

Patterson also picked up a bronze in the under-15 hammer, which was won by Tavistock’s Phoebe Milburn, another English Schools’ medallist, in 43.52m. Team-mate Louisa Hess was second with 39.30m. Milburn also medalled in the shot.

City of Plymouth and Devon’s Hannah Gellatly claimed gold in the under-20 women’s hammer with a throw of 44.75m, while Tavistock’s Hannah Walker was a bronze medallist in the under-17 event with 34.16m.

Erme Valley Harriers and Devon’s Angus Harris claimed victory in the under-15 javelin with 38.28m.

Tavistock’s Harry Tomlin, wearing Cornwall colours, triumphed in the under-20 javelin with a new PB of 47.43m.

Club colleague and English Schools’ medallist Edward Fileman secured the under-20 discus title with 46.31m. Team-mate Josh Tyler was third in that event with 38.82m and also won the shot with 15.82m.

There was a silver medal for Tavistock’s Charlotte Walker in the under-17 discus with 26.01m.

Plymouth’s Matthew Newton topped the podium in the under-17 shot with 9.83m. He was also second in the triple jump with 12.31m.

Tavistock and Devon’s Tegan Brown claimed a silver in the under-13 girls’ shot, while Katelyn Milburn picked up the same colour in the same age group triple jump event with a new PB of 9.24m.

There was a gold medal for Devon’s Ella Isaias in the under-17 girls’ high jump with 1.60m, while Tavistock and Cornwall’s Josh Cavey leaped a new PB of 1.80m to pick up silver in the under-17 boys’ event.

Plymouth’s Jed Hutchings tops the UK under-15 3,000m rankings and he eased to victory in that event for Cornwall on Sunday in 9:27.55. In the corresponding girls’ event, Erme Valley’s Bella May took silver in 11:27.36.

Tavistock’s Emma Ryder was first senior woman in the 800m in a time of 2:16.09, while Plymouth’s Holly Reid was third in the under-15 girls’ 800m.

Plymouth’s Dan Newman ran under two minutes for the first time over two laps to finish third overall and second under-20 in 1:59.85, while club colleague Barnaby Hutchings was second in the under-13 boys’ 1,500m in 5:00.50.

There was a gold medal and a PB for Thomas Elliott in the under-17 boys’ 400m. The English Schools’ finalist took the title in 50.78 seconds, while Harriet Beardsmore, representing Cornwall, claimed silver in the under-20 woman’s 400m in 59.93.

Plymouth’s Brook Adnitt and Lili Fern both won 100m titles at Exeter.

Adnitt triumphed in the senior men’s event in 11.40 seconds, while Fern took victory in the under-17 final in 12.48 seconds, with team-mate Kinga Kudzia picked up bronze in 12.69. Kudzia went one better in the 200 by winning silver in 26.13 seconds.

Plymouth’s Connell McCarthy, who has made big progress this season, picked up a silver in the under-17 200m in a new PB of 22.91 seconds and a bronze in the 100m with a 11.42 run.

Tavistock’s Rory Summers claimed a silver sprint double in the under-15 age group. He clocked 11.97 in the 100m and 24.24 in the 200m.

Full results can be found HERE.

Meanwhile, Nikki Kelly finished first overall as the Tavy 5k returned on Saturday.

The Tavistock AC under-23 athlete showed everyone a clean pair of heels to win in 19.21 minutes.

Second place and first male was Matt Jeffery in 19.31, with James Armstrong third in 19.40 minutes.

Caroline Stevens was second woman in 22.44 minutes.

Full results can be found HERE.

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