- Noel Carmody
Gold for Hannah Hopper & Dante Legister
Updated: Jan 24, 2022
Hannah Hopper (U20) struck gold at the England Athletics Indoor Walks Championships at the E.I.S in Sheffield. Hannah led the women's field from the gun with the rest of the field tracking her. She lost the lead mid-race, but regained the lead a lap later. With three laps to go there were still three walkers in contention for the win. Over the final 400m Hannah was able to pull away to take her first senior title in a new personal best for the 3000m walk of 14:41.65 her first sub-15 minute clocking.
In the men's race the finishing order was settled very early on as the field became strung out from the gun. Luc Legon (2nd claim) and Christian Hopper (U20) took silver and bronze respectively.
Dante Legister lit up the South of England Age Group Indoor Championships at Lee Valley at the weekend with a stunning victory in the Under 17 men’s 60m. He got faster each round, starting with a 7.04s in the heats, then 6.91s in the semis before blasting his way to 6.85s in the final which apart from being a PB was a Championship Best Performance and moves him to 6th on the UK all-time list.
Other medallists across the weekend were Elijah Olaleye, who showed the benefits of winter training to snatch third place in the Under 15 boys 60m hurdles. Emily Cadman (U15G) ran three tough rounds of the 60m on the Saturday and then three tough rounds of the 200m on Sunday and was duly rewarded with bronze medals in each and a PB of 8.07s in the 60m. Nuriah Orhurhu was really unlucky in the Under 15 girls 60m finishing just 3/1000th of a second behind Emily for fourth place and then missing the 200m on Sunday due to train delays on her journey to Lee Valley. Felix Tynan moving to the indoor track for a break from cross country picked up a bronze in the Under 15 boys 800m in 2:26.23.
Dante Legister in the U17 Men's 60m Final
Emily Cadman in the U15 Girls 200m Final
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