Thursday, May 19, 2011

Okoye Storms Onto Senior Stage

Croydon Harrier Lawrence Okoye made an impressive start to his career as a senior with victory in the discus at the Surrey Athletics Championships recently.
The 19-year-old from Waddon, who hopes to represent Great Britain at next year's Olympic Games, was throwing a 2kg discus for the first time in competition and blew the opposition away with a 63.25m effort that smashed the championship record.
It puts him third in the UK senior discus rankings this year, only 1.24m behind current British number one Brett Morse.
He was not the only Croydon Harrier to claim top spot on the podium in the senior events.
Babatunde Amosu equaled his personal best of 15.74m, another championship record, to win the triple jump and move up to fourth in this year's UK rankings.
The club had a third gold medalist in the seniors thanks to Oweka Wanogho, who won the 200m men's final in 21.91 seconds, with club-mate Lee McLaughlin in fourth.
Other gold went to Iyani Obi-Adewole in the U17 women’s shot, Tom Holden in the U15 boys' 1500m and Simi Obi-Adewole in the U15 boys' discus.

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