With seven golds, the GB & NI squad has created historical past in Espoo, Finland, in current days
British athletes have topped the medals desk on the European Below-23 Championships for the primary time within the occasion’s 26-year historical past.
With seven golds and 14 medals in complete, the squad completed forward of France, Netherlands, Spain and Norway on the 2023 occasion in Espoo, Finland, which drew to a conclusion on Sunday (July 16).
British winners included:
Jeremiah Azu – males’s 100m
Yemi Mary John – girls’s 400m
Charles Hicks – males’s 5000m
Megan Keith – girls’s 5000m
Rory Leonard – males’s 10,000m
Alice Goodall – girls’s 10,000m
Alyson Bell, Cassie-Ann Pemberton, Amy Hunt, Aleeya Sibbons – girls’s 4x100m
Meet up with our earlier protection of the championships right here.
Silver medallists for Britain included Ethan Hussey (800m), Charlotte Payne (hammer) and Serena Vincent (shot put).
Bronze medallists had been Will Barnicoat (5000m), Shannon Flockhart (1500m), Keely Hodgkinson (400m) and the boys’s 4x400m crew.
On the ultimate evening in Espoo, Hussey completed simply three hundredths of a second behind France’s Yanis Meziane over two laps because the Briton clocked 1:45.95. In fifth, Sam Reardon clocked 1:47.06 earlier than returning quickly afterwards to hitch team-mates Ethan Brown, Brodie Younger and Ed Faulds within the 4x400m as they clocked 3:03.12 in third behind Turkey and winners Italy (3:02.49).
Sophie O’Sullivan and Sarah Healy of Eire dominated the ladies’s 1500m as Flockhart fought arduous to earn bronze in a PB of 4:08.37. Healy led a lot of the race however was out-kicked by O’Sullivan within the residence straight because the winner ran 4:07.18.
O’Sullivan is the daughter of three-time European and world 5000m champion Sonia and this was Eire’s first-ever European under-23 title.
The 21-year-old mentioned: “My plan was simply to maintain up with these ladies till just like the final 200m earlier than the end. So, I simply tried to remain as shut as I might. Then I simply needed to get going. I didn’t matter that a lot concerning the time however I felt it was my likelihood.
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“Earlier than the race, my mom simply suggested me to remain as shut as I can. She wished me luck, nothing too loopy, simply to get pleasure from it. She remains to be each for me – an important athlete and a mum.”
Lengthy leap winner Larissa Iapichino can be the daughter of an athletics nice, on this case the two-time world champion and twice Olympic silver medallist Fiona Might. Right here in Espoo, Iapichino jumped an outside PB of 6.93m (1.2) to take gold as Sweden’s double European under-20 champion Maja Åskag jumped 6.73m (0.9) for silver and Tessy Ebosele of Spain took bronze with 6.63m (0.2).
Elsewhere the host nation received a hat-trick of titles through the week with Juho Alasaari within the males’s pole vault, Silja Kosonen within the girls’s hammer and Saga Vanninen within the heptathlon.
The ultimate evening in Espoo additionally noticed Greek javelin thrower Elina Tzengko full a hat-trick of European titles as she threw 60.73m to win under-23 gold to go along with the senior title she received in Munich final yr and the under-20 gold she took in Tallinn in 2021.
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