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Wednesday 20 June 2018

In the IAAF Diamond League, Bislett Games 1500m on 7th June. Jake Heyward finished 9th in the senior men's race, running 3.39.84. Jakes time is the third ranked of all time on the UK U20M 1500m list. A new Welsh U20M record, and broke his existing club record by 3secs.

The IAAF World U20 Championships take place in Tampere Finland 10th July to 15th July 20 days to go. Competition will be extremely tough in 1500m, from African runners, and others including from Jakes European 1500m rival Jakob Ingebrickson Norway who was 3rd in same race in Oslo finishing 3rd in 3.36.06 a 3secs improvement, and stays No1 ranked U20M 1500m in Europe. 

Looking at the current IAAF U20M 1500m ranking list. Leader Ethopian 3.31.63 2nd/3rd 3.34, 4th 3.35 are Kenyans and Ethopians. Jakob has 5th best time. Watching Jakes race on TV could see he can easily run fastest than in Oslo. Championship races are totally different to races, where time is the important thing, like BMC meeting in UK. Tactics are important especially in heat races.

Jake has a great record in Championship racing, will be interesting to see how he gets on, good luck Jake.