Comp round-up mid-July ’22

18 Jul 2022

Croydon Harrier and GB record holder for the discus Lawrence Okoye competed in the World Championships in Oregen last weekend, finishing just outside the qualification berths for the final.

He threw 63.57m in the qualifying rounds, his third best effort of the season.

Croydon Harrier Samir Williams reached the England U23 100m final at Bedford. He would finish 8th in the finale, having clocked 10.47s to qualify. Tyvon Innis made the U20 Men’s 100m semi-finals with a 10.99s clocking. Kayden Faria-Brown ran 11.13s in the Heats. On the field Reuben Vaughan was 7th in the U23M discus final.

At the 2nd division third round fixture of the Southern League, Croydon’s men’s and women’s team finished third out of the four competing clubs at Woodford Green. The result should ensure Croydon are upper-mid table overall. 

Highlights included a double victory for Paul Ogun in the long and triple jump, with Lia Bonsu triumphing in the women’s triple jump with an effort in excess of 12m. Klaysen Kafuti took the spoils in the men’s 400m. Both the men’s (Henry Thomas, Amari-Jai Anderson, Ibukun Akintola, Matthew Pepper) and women’s (Inessa-Renee Atta-Fynn, Marie-Louise Abraham, Praise Ogunbiyi, Bonsu) 4x100m teams secured victories, and the men’s 4x400m (James Hodgkinson, Zachary Blair, Pepper, Kafuti) also enjoyed a win to conclude the afternoon’s events.  

At the Newham Open there were standout performances for Derek Kinlock (10.42s) and Cheyanne Evans-Gray (11.52s) who both secured lifetime bests. They moved to 6th and 5th on the Croydon’s all-time rankings lists. Other Croydon competitors included Francesco Calemma (11.19s),Jesaiah Richards (11.48s PB), Tre Poponne (11.55s PB) and Kyle Andrews (11.56s).

In Wimbledon Open action, James Hancock continued his rich vein of form, to clock 8:23 to move to 13th on the men’s all-time club standings. Alex Penfold continued his return to action with a 9:11 clocking. 

On the road, at the Elmore 7 in Chipstead, Phil Symonds would finish 7th in a high class field of 169 finishers. Terry Lapins was 69th, while Keith Brown and Norman Hemming were 19th and 21st M60 respectively.

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