Youngsters bring nine medals home from Tallinn Euros
Athletics

Youngsters bring nine medals home from Tallinn Euros

13 July 2015 / 09:52

David Omoregie and Nick Miller were the stand-out performers as Great Britain’s young guns brought nine medals home from the European under-23 Championships in Tallinn.

Miller – a silver medallist from Glasgow 2014 – won Britain’s first gold of the competition in the hammer throw as he produced 74.46m in round two.

That was enough to hold off the challenge of Russia’s Valeriy Pronkin who threw 74.29m for second and Hungary’s Bence Pasztor who finished third with 74.06.

And while the margins were fine Miller insists he did exactly what he wanted and now has his sights set on a clinching a new British record.

“I'm very happy to win as that's all that matters and that's what I came here to do,” said Miller.

“At a championship it doesn't matter whether you win by a centimetre or ten metres so that's all I wanted.

“I always want to do well for Great Britain and for myself, so there's always pressure. The goal now is the British record!”

Omoregie meanwhile produced a scintillating 110m hurdles performance as he stormed to victory in 13.63 – 0.1 seconds ahead of Spain’s Javier Colomo.

There was disappointment for teammate David King who narrowly missed out on a medal but the day belonged to Omoregie who believes the competition could be a turning point in his career.

“It feels amazing,” he said. “This is so big – it's the first time I've won! I hope I can look back on this in a few years and say that was the point when I became a great competitor.”

There was also a strong showing from Jazmin Sawyers in the long jump as she produced a personal best leap of 6.49m to take silver.

It has been a long wait for Sawyers who last jumped a PB at the World Junior Championships three years ago and she admitted the distance had left her almost speechless.

“I'm so chuffed! I feel like that's the kind of jump I've been waiting to show I can do for ages and it's been so frustrating that it hasn't come out,” she said.

“When it came up on the board I could barely believe it - I'm so so happy! It's my first PB in almost three years – I've got no more words.”

The third and final gold for Great Britain came in the women’s 4x400m as Seren Bundy-Davies ran a brilliant first leg before Zoey Clark, Victoria Ohuruogu and Kirsten McAslan made sure of the medal.

In the men’s 200m Leon Reid took silver while Neil Gourley and Chris Kandu took bronze in the 1500m and high jump respectively.

And in the women’s 10,000m there were two Brits on the podium as Rhona Auckland and Alice Wright finished second and third behind Jip Vastenburg of the Netherlands. 

© Sportsbeat 2015