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22 May 2006 10:09

Despite appalling weather, teenagers Ashley Bryant and Gemma Weetman turned in a string of brilliant performances at the annual Woodford Green Combined Events Meet on 20 and 21 May.

First-year Under 17 Bryant (Windsor, Slough, Eton and Hounslow AC), the reigning AAA Under 15 javelin Champion, achieved personal bests in all four of his first day events: 13.61 seconds in the 100m hurdles (wind: +1.5m/s), 12.30m shot, 6.37m long jump (wind: +2.7) and 53.08 seconds in the 400m. And despite persistent rain on the second day, he high jumped 1.67m (only 1cm short of his PB), threw the discus 35.54m, reached 49.78m with the javelin and finished with his fifth PB of the weekend, 5:02.25 in the 1500m.

His PB total of 5043 points placed him 25th in the UK all-time list – a position that is certain to improve as he grows into the age group and the weather improves.

He won a quality competition. Jack Bolton (Winchester) was second with 4794, Lawrence Fitch (Corby) third with 4693 and James Sleigh (Leeds City) fourth with 4444.

Weetman (Oswestry Olympians) added an incredible 253 points to her previous best to win the Under 20 Women’s heptathlon with 4850 points. She clocked 14.70 seconds in the 100m hurdles (wind: +1.4), high jumped 1.55m, put the shot 9.55m and sprinted 200m (wind: +2.8) in 25.80 on the first day. On day two, by which time one of the wind gauges had been blown over and broken by the fierce wind, she equalled her long jump PB of 6.00m (no wind speed recorded), threw the javelin 23.94m and ran 800m in 2:24.56.

Senior Men’s decathlon: 1 Sam Bishop (City of Stoke) 6486 (11.22 / wind 1.3 in 100m, 6.92 / wind +3.1 long jump, 12.87m shot, 1.91m high jump, 53.06 400m, 16.73 / +3.4 110m hurdles, 34.71 discus, 3.96m pole vault, 42.02m javelin, 5:05.2 1500m); 2 Dean Showler-Davis (Winchester) 6446 PB (10.74 / +2.7, 6.47 / +2.6, 10.80, 1.82, 50.08, 15.56 / +1.5, 30.19, 3.26, 41.40, 4:34.9); 3 John Stacey (Gateshead) 6176 PB (11.55 / +1.3, 6.83 / +4.8, 10.97, 1.94, 52.28, 16.54 / +2.6, 32.75, 3.66, 36.24, 5:01.9).

Under 20 Men’s decathlon (with Senior implements): 1 Adam Akehurst (Portsmouth) 6146 (11.49 / +3.1, 6.66 / +3.2, 12.36, 1.79, 54.12, 15.88 / +2.6, 34.72, 3.36, 50.61, 5:24.9).

Senior Women’s heptathlon: 1 Jodie Favell (Boston) 4391 (15.23 / +1.4 100m hurdles, 1.49m high jump, 9.71m shot, 26.20 / +2.8 200m, 5.00 long jump, 31.04m javelin, 2:35.57 800m).

Under 17 Women’s hepathlon: 1 Jessica Tappin (Chelmsford) 3816 (12.58 / +1.5 80m hurdles, 1.58m high jump, 8.61m shot, 27.01 200m, 4.59m long jump, 20.46m javelin, 2:48.38 800m).

Younger competitors were the major stars at the Scottish Combined Events Championships at Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow.

Emma Dawson (Perth Strathtay Harriers) went to fourth on the UK Under 13 Girls’ all-time list by winning the pentathlon with 2624 points (1.44m high jump, 12.12 70m hurdles, 4.72m long jump, 8.19m shot, 2:36.29 800m).

Jill Brooks (Falkirk Victoria Harriers) moved into the UK Under 15 Girls’ all-time top 25 by winning her pentathlon with 3142 points (5.26, 12.08, 8.60, 1.64, 2:35.65).

UK Challenge Champion Shirley Webb (Trafford) was the only UK athlete at the renowned Halle International Throws Meet in Germany. She finished ninth in the hammer with 60.70m. Yipsi Moreno (Cuba) won with 72.38m. Meanwhile, the North Wales Champs at Connah’s Quay featured a victory for Lesley Brannan (Birchfield) with 59.96m ahead of Laura Douglas (Sale Harriers Manchester), who reached 59.18m.

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