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Norfolk claim third at Anglian Championships as Olaoluwa Folorunsho shines

PUBLISHED: 15:18 19 June 2017 | UPDATED: 15:18 19 June 2017

Lucy Koenigsberger took the hammer title at the Anglian Schools Championship at Cambridge University with a throw of 48.76m. Picture: Sonya Duncan

Lucy Koenigsberger took the hammer title at the Anglian Schools Championship at Cambridge University with a throw of 48.76m. Picture: Sonya Duncan

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The hot and sunny conditions at the Cambridge University track certainly helped the sprinters to perform outstandingly well in the Anglian Schools championships.

Newcomer Olaoluwa Folorunsho won the under 15 boys 100m in a fine 11.6 seconds. He also won the long jump and helped the Norfolk relay team to a very good time of 47.3 secs in the four way inter county match.

Serena Grace won the under 15 girls 200m in the excellent time of 25.7 secs and was second in the 100m in another outstanding run in 12.4 secs.

The fine sprinting continued in the under 17 age group with Simone Ogoba winning the 200m in 26.0 secs. Alfie Leonard broke new ground when winning the under 17 boys 400m in a new best time of 51.2 secs.

In field events Lucy Koenigsberger took the hammer title with a throw of 48.76 metres and Jacquam Moore won the boys hammer with a throw of 50.48 metres.

Denis Asongo Tree took the triple jump in the under 17 age group with a fine personal best of 13m 35. In the under 16 age group Eleanor Brown won the long jump in 4.95 metres.

Athletes in the under 20 age group did well too. Sophie Bishop took the triple jump title with a distance of 10m 89. Raheem Benson won both the long jump and triple jump. Daniel Bainbridge was back in action in the javelin and threw the outstanding distance of 57m 46. One of the middle distance runners to improve was Georgie Bowett when she won the 800m in a personal best of 2 mins 15.6 secs.

Overall the Anglian Schools match was won by the host county Cambridgeshire with Norfolk finishing in third place. Norfolk’s team for the English Schools championships in Birmingham next month will be announced later in the week.

Norfolk athletes also met with success in the South of England championships at the revitalised Crystal Palace in London. Sophie McKinna from Great Yarmouth didn’t achieve the World Champiionships qualifying distance she was looking for but still won with a distance of 15m 96. City of Norwich athlete James Senior won the 3000m steeplechase in 9 mins 23.05 secs and Piers Arnold was second in the 5,000m in 15mins 6.41 secs.

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