Bedford International Stadium, 18 June 2016.

Victory in the Women’s U20 Triple Jump competition at the England Athetics Championships & World Junior Trials in Bedford at the weekend went to Trafford AC’s Naomi Ogbeta courtesy of her opening leap of 12.92m.

Chasing the World Junior Championships qualifying standard of 13.20m for British athletes (notably higher than the IAAF standard of 13.00m), Naomi didn’t even hit the board on her winning jump, demonstraing that she is certainly capable of achieving what she needs to reach Bydgoszcz. With little challenge to her lead, however, she was unable to improve on her strong early leap at Bedford. This weekend Naomi will once again attempt to prove her talent to the selectors at the Mannheim Junior International in Germany.

Behind Naomi, Emily Gargan took silver thanks to a strong series of jumps topped with a new PB of 12.36 in the 4th round. Opening with a marginal foul around 12.50m, Emily hit 12.18m in round 2 before setting a new outdoor best of 12.28m in round 3 and then her new lifetime best. She finished off with 2 further 12 metre jumps (12.17m and 12.07m) to demonstrate her progress over the last 12 months to consistent 12 metre jumping.

Laura Zialor took bronze with her 5th round 12.21m leap but may have hoped for more following her recent PB of 12.96m at the BIGish Jumps & Throws Festival. Abbie Chaundy was just 6cm below her PB with her opening leap of 11.76m to take 4th place. Despite suffering a bad spike cut on her leg on that first jump, she still recorded 3 more 11.50m+ jumps with her next 3 jumps to indicate that she is on the right road to 12 metres soon.

Anastasia Davies was another athlete with a strong opening jump, 11.69m. That sealed 5th spot ahead of Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers’ Kayanna Reid who improved her PB by 19 cm with her 5th round 11.41m. Beth Mortiboy (11.36m) and Zoe Hughes (11.32m) both sealed 3 extra jumps with their 3rd round efforts, but neither could improve further to appproach their early season form and finished in 7th and 8th respectively.

1. Naomi Ogbeta (Trafford) 12.92m
2. Emily Gargan (Gateshead Harriers) 12.36m (PB)
3. Laura Zialor (Marshall Milton Keynes) 12.21m
4. Abbie Chaundy (Swindon Harriers) 11.76m
5. Anastasia Davies (Blackheath & Bromley Harriers) 11.69m
6. Kayanna Reid (Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers) 11.41m (PB)
7. Beth Mortiboy (Notts) 11.36m
8. Zoe Hughes (Wigan & District) 11.32m
9. Grace Sullivan (Ashford) 11.12m
10. Katie Rowe (Amber Valley & Erewash) 11.09m
11. Kamile Bykovaite (Ealing Southall & Middlesex) 11.08m
12. Angel Kerin (Bournemouth) 10.92m
13. Sophie Decker (Stockport Harriers) 10.79m
14. Mary Adeniji (Blackheath & Bromley Harriers) 10.50m
15. Kara Dobbie (Glasgow School of Sport) 10.26m

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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