Capital flyers Cameron Tindle and Alisha Rees both captured silver medals on the second day of the English Under-20 Championships and World Trials at Bedford at the weekend, but were frustrated in their quest for gold and for extra World qualifying marks.
Tindle gave English favourite Ryan Gorman a terrific tussle in the men’s race and appeared to be up coming off the bend, but Gorman edged ahead to clock 20.98 seconds, a qualifying time for the World Under-20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland next month, with Tindle, who has deliberately delayed his season’s preparations, second.
The 18-year-old Edinburgh AC star and Scottish senior champion ran 20.94 last season and would probably have done so again if the conditions had been more helpful.
Now he may go with a small GB team to Mannheim in Germany next Saturday to chase the elusive 21.0 seconds mark he needs to clinch his place.
Rees has the comfort of knowing she already has the women’s qualifying mark this season and was probably more concerned about the race she had to catch the last plane home straight after the final. “She won’t be able to stop, it’s going to be very, very tight for time,” said her coach Willy Russell.
Rees too appeared to lead off the bend, but England’s Finette Agypong powered away from her in the straight to win in 23.74 secs, just missing the World target.
Rees clocked 24.11, compared to her best of 23.64secs, but she had already picked up a bronze medal and a new personal best in the 100 metres on the first day. Her time of 11.63 seconds in her semi-final is a new Scottish under-20 record.
Both Capital sprinters were trumped by little-known EAC team-mate Beth Dobbin, who sped home to win the under-23 200 metres title.
Star of the Scottish contingent was Strathallan schoolboy George Evans who won both under-20 shot and discus with new personal bests of 18.05m and 58.43m, the latter a World qualifying standard.
Steph Pennycook (Fife) took the under-23 women’s 1500m titles in 4:22.76, while former Pitreavie athlete Jack Lawrie took the under-23 400m hurdles title with a strong run in 51.33secs.