Battershill smashes his PB and achieves Commonwealth Games standard at Manchester International

ERME Valley Harriers’ Will Battershill produced one of the stand-out performances at the Manchester International Meet on Wednesday evening.

Battershill, making his England senior debut, smashed his personal best and achieved the Commonwealth Games 3,000m steeplechase qualifying standard on his way to victory in the North West.

The Harvard graduate clocked 8:32.91 over the barriers, which was 10 seconds quicker than his previous best mark set when finishing fifth at the British Championships in June.

Battershill, who won the England Championships last month, lead the steeplechase from gun to tape and finished eight seconds ahead of Chris Perry in second, who also smashed his PB.

“It was a great time and I knew I had it in me,” said the former Ivybridge Community College pupil. “I’m super happy with the time as it’s a Commonwealth qualifier. It sets me up for a big next year and I can now go into the winter and build up the mileage.”

Tavistock’s Josh Tyler also made the podium in Manchester. He took second in the junior men’s shot, representing Scotland Under-20s.

Tyler threw 15.98m to finish behind GB Junior international Dafydd Powlett.

The Tavistock athlete also competed in the discus, where he threw a PB of 41.66m to finish fourth.

City of Plymouth’s Hannah Gellatly was also on international duty in Manchester. She represented Wales U20s in the junior women’s hammer, where she came fifth with 46.05m.


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