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Sunday 19 June 2016

The England Athletics Under 23 and Under 20 championships, held in Bedford yesterday and today, are effectively the British championships and it was excellent to see so many Cardiff athletes taking on the best in the UK and not only taking them on but returning with medals.

Jake Heyward (17) continued his run of form to win a tactical under 20 men's 1500m in 3:55.63 while Owen Smith (47.22 - pictured) and Joe Reid (48.06 after 47.91 in his heat) took first and third places in the under 23 men's 400m. In the Under 23 men's 100m, Sam Gordon won the silver medal and David Omoregie ran a season's best 13.65 to take the silver medal in the 110m hurdles.

Near misses in fourth places were Ciaran Lewis (Under 20 men's 3000m steeplechase - 9:31.44)) and Amelia Reynolds in the under 20 women's 200m (24.62) while Anax da Silva followed up a personal best of 10.59 in his heat to come fourth in the final of the under 23 men's 100m.

Other Cardiff peformances were:

Under 23: John Cove (1500m - 12th after 3:51.03 in his heat); Mark Prentice (100m - 7th in heat 2 in 11.10); Lizzie Harris (400m - 6th in heat 1 in a personal best 57.82); Jonathon Bailey (high jump - 5th with 2.03m); Jake Dawkins (200m - 4th in heat 1 in 22.33); Anax da Silva (200m 5th in semi final in 21.94); Simeon Clarence (long jump - 9th with 6.68m); Jac Palmer (hammer - 6th with 59.66m); Lucy Griffiths (shot put - 5th with 13.24m); Tasia Stephens (javelin - 5th with 40.27m).   

Under 20: Kristian Jones (100m - 8th in final with 10.83 after 10.58w in s/f & 200m - 7th in final with 22.16 after 21.58 in s/f); Amelia Reynolds (400m 4th in heat 1 in 56.97); Melissa Roberts (400m - 7th in final with 55.84 after 55.78 in heat 3).

Hidden away amongst the results was an outstanding performance by Sarah Omoregie. Competing in an under 18 competition, Sarah improved her personal best and club record for the under 17 shot put by more than a metre to record 15.83m; which places her at No.1 on the latest UK rankings with a lead of almost a metre over the No.2 ranked.

The full results from day one can be seen here.

The full results from day two can be seen here.