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Euro gold for Jake

Sunday 17 July 2016

Athlete of the month in June, Jake Heyward has staked his claim for the award again in July by taking the gold medal at the European under 18 championships in Tbilisi, Georgia yesterday, 16th July.

After winning his heat, despite being tripped, Jake went into the final as the fastest European on display and the clear favourite. Despite slight illness in the days leading up to the final, Jake won a relatively slow, tactical race in 4:00.64 and is European champion.

Commenting after the race, Jake said, "I’m ecstatic - it’s so nice to see the hard work paying off. I got injured in the winter, so it’s been a bit of a slog getting back. I’m just so happy to pull it off on the day. 

“I knew that as long as I was in contention, no one was going to match me in the last 100m. My roommate Jake Norris and I have been a bit under the weather, but when I saw that he got silver, I had no excuse not to come out and deliver.” 

Many congratulations to Jake and to his coach Paul Darney.

You can watch Jake's race on Youtube by clicking here.

 

 



Meanwhile, in the Loghborough open meeting, also on Saturday, David Omoregie raced (literally) to the top of the UK rankings with a brilliant personal best of 13.25 for the 110m hurdles. David ran 13.46 in his heat and both times are inside UK Athletics standard for the Olympic Games. Will David be added to the team at the last minute?