Double silver for Norfolk at AAA’s

Two City of Norwich athletes won silver medals when Alexander Stadium, Birmingham hosted the AAA's under-15 and under-17 Championships.Sam Coe, a top-flight junior rugby player, produced a superb hammer throw of 64.

Two City of Norwich athletes won silver medals when Alexander Stadium, Birmingham hosted the AAA's under-15 and under-17 Championships.

Sam Coe, a top-flight junior rugby player, produced a superb hammer throw of 64.81m to take under-17 silver behind the UK No 1 Peter Smith from Hull.

James Senior also won silver in the under-15 1500m.

With elder sister Ruth in Macau preparing for next week's world junior championships, James cruised into the final, where he came up against Ireland's best in Shane Quinn -who 'did a Senior' by leading from the front to take gold. Senior's time of 4min 09.77secs was a new personal best.


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Connor Darby also easily qualified for the final, where he was disappointed to finish in seventh place.

Having finished fourth in the AAA's Indoor and the English Schools 800m Championships, Rachel Stringer was hoping to make it third time lucky.

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But, despite her best efforts, she again had to settle for just outside the medals in the final of the under-17 800m in 2min 11secs.

Harriet Lucas, a first year under-17, contested both sprints with great credit. Competing six times over the weekend in the 100m and 200m. she battled her way to both finals, and in each case finished sixth. In the 100m she was rewarded with a time 12.3secs while in the 200m she clocked 24.89secs.

Daryl Martin produced a personal best 57.50secs in the under-17 400m hurdles to make his first final in a national championship. He finished seventh in a time of 58.51secs.

Scott Hawes, who continues to improve in the pole vault, upped his personal best to 3.90m in the under-17 division, just failing to reach the mental barrier of 4m.

Michael Fraser reached the semi-finals of the under-17 400m but produced a time of 51.53secs.

Chris Baker was bitterly disappointed after failing in the earlier stages of an under-17 high jump which was won in 1.94m - a height he is well capable of clearing.

Dani Nimmock marked her first experience of the AAAs, with a personal best time of 10min 29.79secs in the under-17 3000m. Gilly Savage did linewise in the under-15 800m with 2min 22.2secs.

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