Bedford, 28 May 2016.

Highlight of the BIG ish field events meeting at Bedford on Saturday was Julian Reid exceeding the Olympic Qualifying Standard of 16.85m, albeit with a wind-assisted 16.96w on his 6th Round effort. Having already secured the qualifying mark once, last summer, he looked in awesome form with a fine series of 16.36m, 16.15m, 16.53m, 16.57m, 16.54m, 16.96m, and can hopefully seal his place in Rio with a big legal jump at next month’s British Championships. In 2nd place Nonso Okolo continued to show his good recent form from America as he leapt out to a windy lifetime best of 16.28w.

In the opening Pool, Britain’s leading U17 jumper, Emmanuel Odubjanjo, looked impressive as he leapt a windy 14.55w, in excess of his legal outdoor best of 14.40m, with 14.41m on his final attempt for good order.

Chioma Matthews looked a class act in taking victory in the Women’s Pool with 13.34m, whilst behind her 17 year-old Laura Zialor smashed her PB by 39cm with her last round 12.96m.There was bad news, however, for Laura’s Junior rival, Naomi Ogbeta, as she limped away from her first effort and aborted her 2nd attempt on the approach run. Hopefully both girls can be fit next month and push on towards the World Junior Championships in Poland. In 3rd place Derby’s Naomi Reid improved her PB out to 12.84m with her 5th round effort.

Pool A – Men:
1. Emmanuel Odubanjo (Sale) (U17) 14.55w (+2.2m/s)
2. Peter Kirabo (WGEL) 14.31m
3. Mitchel Kirby (Leicester) 14.26m
4. Armani James (Leicester) 14.22m
5. Nav Childs (TVH) (M35) 14.12m
6. Elliott Baines (Seaton) 13.37w (+2.4m/s)
7. Jonathan Feryman (Sale) 13.36m
8. Jackson Cowans (Dacorum) (U17) 13.31w (+2.9m/s)
9. Andrew Wheeler (Oxford University) 13.26m
10. Tobi Adeniji (Halifax) (U17) 13.18m (PB)
11. Dominic Blake (Trafford) 13.08m
12. Luke Smith (Cambridge University) 13.00m
13. Julian Golley (NEB) (M40) 12.84m

Pool B – Women:
1. Chioma Matthews (Blackheath & Bromley) 13.34m
2. Laura Zialor (Marshall Milton Keynes) (U20) 12.96m (PB)
3. Naomi Reid (Derby) 12.84m (PB)
4. Alexandra Russell (Wigan) 12.81m
5. Zainab Ceesay (WGEL) 12.76w (+3.2m/s)
6. Ugne Liuksaityte (TVH) 11.89m
7. Adelaide Omitowoju (Cambridge & Coleridge) (U17) 11.74m
8. Chanel Hemmings (WGEL) 11.47w (+2.8m/s)
9. Angel Kerin (Bournemouth) NM
10. Naomi Ogbeta (Trafford) NM

Pool C – Men:
1. Julian Reid (Birchfield) 16.96w (+3.1m/s)
2. Nonso Okolo (Shaftesbury) 16.28w (+3.1m/s)
3. Nathan Fox (Shaftesbury ) 15.93w (+3.5m/s)
4. Thalosang Tshireletso (WGEL) 15.56m
5. Jonathan Sawyers (WSEH) 15.50w (+2.1m/s)
6. Lawrence Harvey (Trafford) 14.88w (+3/2m/s)
7. Robert Sutherland (Wycombe) 14.66m
8. Lawrence Davis (Enfield) 14.60m
9. Nathan Roach (Sale) 13.51m
10. Alando Alfred (Sale) NM

Written by iTripleJump

A Triple Jumper for over 35 years - from an over-hopping junior to a county-level senior - I still enjoy jumping in national and international Masters competitions in the event that has gripped me since my first hop, step and jump onto a springless PE mat. Waiting for that perfect jump. That one perfect jump ...

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