City of Norwich youngsters dominate hammer event

Hammer throwing is one athletic activity that can only be contested outdoors – and braving the weekend's inclement weather Michael Painter and Callum Brown travelled to Loughborough to compete in the Winter Throws Trials.

The City of Norwich duo certainly made their trip well worthwhile when recording a one-two finish in the Under-20 6kg event.

Painter produced a fine personal best effort when moving the hammer out to 67.05m to take the honours while on this occasion Brown had to settle for second place with an effort of 66.95m.

Brown and Painter head the UK Under-20 ranking list by a huge margin and must be looking to qualify to represent Great Britain in the World Junior Track and Field Championships that will be held in Barcelona in July.

The qualifying mark they are looking to achieve is 71m and this early form indicates that the distance is well within their compass.

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Further afield, in Youngstown, USA, City club athlete James McLachlen, representing Loyola University Chicago, continued to impress indoors when filling the top spot and runners-up position in the long jump and triple jump in which he recorded 7.57m and 15.01m respectively.

In Boston, Hollie Rowland, representing Iona University, competed over 5000m, in which she finished third in 16:29.82, a time a little below her personal best.

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This weekend many of the club's endurance athletes will be making their way to Cofton Park, Birmingham where they will be representing Norfolk in the Inter Counties Cross Country Championships.

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