Athletics

Plymouth discus star Evans-Shields produces historic throw in Cornwall

CITY of Plymouth’s national discus champion Nubia Evans-Shields created another piece of history at the weekend.

The Plymouth College pupil became the first English female athlete ever at under-15 level to throw more than 43-metres.

She smashed her PB guesting at the Cornwall Championships in Par with a throw of 43.42m.

That has moved her up to second on the UK all-time list behind Welsh Olympian Philippa Roles, who is the only other person to throw more than her at under-15 level, but that was nearly 30 years ago.

Nobody else in the UK, apart from Roles and Evans-Shields, has ever thrown further than 42.06m at under-15 level.

Evans-Shields is in a class of her own at the moment in her event. She now leads the 2021 UK rankings by a staggering 13-metres and has won both the English Schools’ Championships and the England Athletics Championships.

The teenager certainly likes throwing at Par as her best three throws this season have come there. Her previous best before this weekend was 41.15m achieved at Par in May, which previously ranked her fifth on the UK all-time list.

Meanwhile, there was double title success at the Cornwall Championships for fellow City of Plymouth athletes Poppy Northcott, Harriet Beardsmore and Lamara Hammoudeh.

Northcott triumphed in the under-15 girls’ 300m and 75m hurdles in PB times. She clocked 42.1 seconds in the 300m, which was just 0.1 of a second off the championship best performance, and 12.0 seconds for the hurdles, which was a new championship record.

Beardsmore won the under-20/senior women’s 200m and 400m. She clocked 26.8 for the 200m and 62.1 for the longer distance. The men’s 400m was won by Joe Bacon in 49.2 seconds.

Hammoudeh set new championship best performances to win the under-11 75m and 150m events in 11.4 and 22.9 seconds, respectively.

Plymouth’s Barnaby Hutchings claimed a new PB of 4:58.7 to win the under-13 boys’ 1,500m, while Jacob Harrison took victory in the under-20/senior 1,500m in 4:19.4.

Fellow Plymouth athlete Gregor Norster came third overall and first under-17 in the 2,000m steeplechase in 7:25.0.

Club colleague Jonathan Edwards, competing as a guest, triumphed in the hammer with a throw of 60.56m.

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