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Girl Power in British Athletics!

23rd June 2013
This weekend the European Athletics Team Competition was held in Gateshead and, admittedly in very British summer weather, Great Britain and Northern Ireland finished a very creditable 3rd behind hot favourites Russia and a powerful German outfit.

Our 3rd place was cemented by some unbelievably good performances from the British women and I’ve chosen to laud the super 6 who stood out in some very competitive events.

• 18 year old Jessica Judd, fresh from completing her A levels, produced a magnificent 800 metre victory holding on to beat the fast finishing Russian Sharmina.
• Elidh Child deputising in the 400 hurdles for the redoubtable Perri Shakes-Drayton was supreme in recording a personal best time of 54.42.
• Perri, who was made team captain for the weekend, chose the 400 flat and obliterated the opposition, recording 50.50 the fastest time this year from a European athlete.
• Onto day two, and in apocalyptic weather conditions, Tiffany Porter produced the fastest time outside of America in the 100 hurdles.
• The delightful Sophie Hitchon finished an amazing 3rd in the Hammer throw (yes a British girl in the Hammer!), Sophie was a little disappointed with her overall performance in the Olympics, but to finish 3rd in this was magnificent.
• 19 year old Emelia Gorecka produced a truly gutsy effort to finish 2nd in the 5000 metres when it looked as if she would be engulfed on a final lap sprint.

Add to those individual performances a terrific victory in the 4x400 relay and it was a brilliant weekend for the British girls. The future could be very bright indeed for many of these young athletes.
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