Norwich athletics duo in with a shot at Great Britain selection
City of Norwich AC hammer throwers Callum Brown and Michael Painter are looking to build on outstanding performances that saw them ranked among the best juniors in the country.
The duo have already competed in a number of pre-season warm-ups and are currently sixth and eighth respectively in the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) top 10 youth (under-18) listings. Brown has achieved the 70-metre world youth qualifying distance with a personal best at Bury St Edmunds of 71.94m and Painter is just short at 69.69m thrown in Norwich this month.
Both need to show selectors they can consistently throw 70m over the next six weeks to be picked for the World Youths.
UK Athletics have notified them they are on a top 20 list under consideration for Great Britain selection this summer.
The City of Norwich duo are also ranked in the UK all-time top 10 for the hammer and are now focused on the next five months of competition, where they are aiming for a top three throw.
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Painter has also recently achieved a UK under-16 best in the heavy short hammer with 23.49m and a new county record of 50.72m in the discus to rank second in the UK at under-17 level.
Both are excited at the prospect of Great Britain selection and know they have a good chance of competing at either the World Youths in Lille, France in early July, or the European Olympic Youth Festival in Turkey, later that month.
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They have already achieved the Commonwealth Youth Games selection standard for the hammer, so may have also booked a ticket to the Isle of Man in September with England's Under-18 team.
Both throwers receive funding from the Norfolk Sports and Cultural Foundation, while Painter is backed by Broadland District Council.