Bedford International Stadium, 19 June 2016.
Just 6 competitors took part in the U23 Women’s Triple Jump contest in the England Athletics Championships at Bedford last weekend, but the competition still produced a National U23 Record for Ireland’s Saragh Buggy as she dominated proceedings.
Entering the contest with a Personal Best and Irish U23 Record of 12.88m, Saragh was in the mood for business from round 1 as she registered 12.87m with her opening leap. She followed this with a new record, breaking the 13 metre barrier, with 13.03m in round 2. A long foul, around the 13.50m mark, in round 3 showed there was still more to come and, after 12.96m in round 4 and a No Jump in round 5, the big one came in round 6. Saragh bounded out to 13.25m to add 37cm to her best and the Irish U23 Women’s Triple Jump record on the day.
Behind Saragh, the winner of last week’s Senior South of England Championships, Lia Stephenson, took silver thanks to her 4th round leap of 12.20m. Lia’s day ended badly, however, as she suffered a torn ankle ligament on her 6th round jump to probably end her season. Hopefully she’ll be back for the indoor season in the kind of form that took her to the BUCS Indoor title earlier this year.
Gateshead’s Hannah Pringle took the bronze courtesy of her 2nd round 11.61m, edging out Basildon’s Victoria Oshunremi who was just shy of her PB with her opening leap of 11.51m. Rachel Dinsdale recorded 11.23m twice during the competition for 5th ahead of Carolyn Harvey’s 3rd round jump of 10.92m.
1. Saragh Buggy (St Abbans) 13.25m (+0.8m/s) (PB) (U23 National Record)
2. Lia Stephenson (Thames Valley Harriers) 12.20m (+0.9m/s)
3. Hannah Pringle (Gateshead Harriers) 11.61m (+1.4m/s)
4. Victoria Oshunremi (Basildon) 11.51m (+1.5m/s)
5. Rachel Dinsdale (Edinburgh) 11.23m (+1.0m/s)
6. Carolyn Harvey (Ayr Seaforth) 10.92m (+0.9m/s)