Athletics: Team Edinburgh settle for fifth place in National Junior final at Derby

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Team EDINBURGH, who Scotland’s sole athletics 
representatives, could not quite repeat the heroics of the previous weekend’s National Youth League triumph when they finished fifth overall in a high quality National Junior league final at Derby yesterday.

None faced more daunting opposition than double Scottish senior sprint champion Tom Holligan, who came up against Olympic semi-finalist Adam Gemili (Blackheath & Bromley). Gemili won the 100 metres in 10.21 seconds with Holligan, a fellow World Junior team member, setting a season’s best of 10.80sec in third place.

The 18-year-old Londoner was even more impressive in winning the 200m in 20.32sec, just 0.03 outside Christian Malcolm’s long-standing UK junior record, with Holligan back in fifth place in 21.88sec.

Edinburgh’s Emily Dudgeon, a World Junior 800m finalist, won the 1500m in 4:36.17 while Jake Wightman won the men’s 1500m in 3:55.02 and there were wins for Kirsten 
Peters (2:13.37) in the 800m, with Hannah Cameron taking the B race, and Kimberley Reed in the hammer (55.40m), with Kelly Bobbley winning the B event. Beth Finlayson had personal best times in finishing third in both sprints, the 100m in 12.13, which matches the time the Capital’s 
partially-sighted T12 sprinter Libby Clegg achieved in striking silver in the Paralympics, and the 200m in 24.30, which is the fastest legal time by a Scot this season.

Ben Robbins was also third in a personal best of 49.11 in the 400m.

Final positions: 1 Shaftesbury Barnet 487; 2 Birchfield 444; 3 Blackheath & Bromley 435; 4 Windsor, Slough & Eton 423.5; 5 Team Edinburgh 416; 6 Sale 407; 7 West Wales 304; 8 Gateshead 277.5.

Meanwhile, Lynsey Sharp (EAC) was seventh in the 800m in 2:01.49 in the last Diamond League meet of the season in Brussels. She then opted to call time on her season and did not go on to Rieti, Italy yesterday.