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GALLERY: City of Plymouth and Tavistock athletes win South West Inter-Counties titles

CITY of Plymouth and Tavistock athletes were among the title winners at the South West Inter-Counties Championship at Exeter on Sunday.

There were many eye-catching performances but probably the race of the day came in the under-17 boys’ 100m hurdles where City of Plymouth’s Adam Dingley and his Devon team-mate Joshua Taylor finished with exactly the same time – 13.14 seconds.

That was a legal PB for both athletes and puts them joint second in the UK rankings. It also beat the previous championships record.

English Schools’ medallist Toby Wright, also in the UK’s top six, had to settle for third place in 13.32 seconds behind Taylor and Dingley, who had also run at Lee Valley the day before where he had clocked 13.22 and 13.26 seconds in two races.

There was plenty of hurdles success for City of Plymouth on Sunday.

Henry Curtis, representing Cornwall, won the under-20 men’s title in 14.33 seconds, while Devon athlete Leonie Dyer secured the under-15 girls’ gold medal in 12.19 seconds and Toby Clayden was second in the senior men’s race in 15.87 seconds.

English Schools’ medallist Nicolas Maczugowski won the under-17 boys’ 400m hurdles crown for Devon in 56.49 seconds and then later enjoyed a good 400m flat battle with Tavistock’s Rory Summers. In windy conditions, Summers took the title in 50.56 seconds, with runner-up Maczugowski coming home in 51.16.

Tavistock once again impressed in the throwing events.

There was a new PB for English Schools’ champion Tegan Brown, who won the under-15 girls’ hammer event with 45.67m.

Club colleague and fellow English Schools’ medallist Phoebe Milburn took the under-17 girls’ hammer gold with 50.43m.

Owen Fileman claimed a throwing double. The Tavistock athlete triumphed in the under-17 boys’ hammer with a PB throw of 43.98m and won the discus with 37.53m.

Club colleague Charlotte Doney won the under-15 girls’ discus for Cornwall with 30.21m and she was also second in the 300m in PB time of 43.81 seconds.

Another Tavistock athlete Josh Tyler won the senior men’s discus with 40.67m and he was also second to British medallist Patrick Swan in the shot with 14.39m.

City of Plymouth’s Chloe Edwards took victory in the senior women’s shot with 10.63m and she also picked up a bronze in the discus.

Tavistock’s Thomas Hennessey continued his impressive season with victory for Devon in the under-13 boys’ 1,500m in a time of 4:44.04 minutes, while team-mate Emma Ryder was first senior woman in the 800m in 2:16.53 and she came second in the 1,500m in 4:45.41.

Tavistock’s Caleb Gifford-Groves set a new PB of 2:05.80 to claim silver in the uner-15 boys’ 800, while Plymouth’s Gregor Norster was second in the under-20 men’s 800m in 2:01.06.

In the 400m, Tavistock’s Joe Wheeler was second in the under-20 men’s race in 51.29 seconds, while Plymouth’s Jacob Lamboll was third in the men’s race in 49.75.

Lamboll also won a bronze in the 200m in 22.62 seconds, while team-mate Henry Curtis took second in the under-20 200m in a PB time of 22.53.

Fellow City of Plymouth athlete Kinga Kudzia was third in the under-20 women’s 100m in 12.50 seconds.

Full results can be found HERE (Picture gallery below).

Meanwhile, City of Plymouth’s British steeplechase champion Poppy Tank continued her season by taking third in a 2,000m SC event at the BMC Grand Prix – World Athletics Challenge meeting in Birmingham.

She was only beaten by American Madie Boreman and Denmark’s Juliane Hvid. Tank clocked 6:28.40 which ranks her top of the UK rankings for the shorter-than-normal distance and puts her in the top eight of all-time.

Also at the meeting, Tamar Trotters’ Mike Wilsmore clocked a season’s best in a BMC 1,500m race with a 3:53.34 run, while City of Plymouth’s Molly Shorey ran 4:49.25 in a women’s heat of the 1,500m.

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