Sensational Sosanya comes of age for Beagles with golden day
PUBLISHED: 11:30 18 January 2018
There were plenty of medals for Newham athletes at the South of England Indoor Championships
Newham & Essex Beagles star Emmanuel Sosanya came of age at the weekend as he claimed the senior 400 metres at the South of England Indoor Championships.
Still an under-23 runner, Sosanya was second in the under-20 Championships last season, but stepped up to the mark superbly at Lee Valley over the weekend.
The youngster, coached by Coral Nourrice, won his heat and semi-final, before clocking 49.68 seconds to claim the gold medal in the final with a soarkling run.
There were other exc excellent performances by the Beagles at the Championships with more medals to show for their efforts.
In the triple jump at under-20 level, Newham showed their excellent potential by taking gold and silver medals on the day.
Theo Fadayiro was the golden boy with a personal best of 14 metres and 54cms to win the event with ease, while he was joined on the rostrum by Andrew Adegbite.
His best effort on the day of 12.88m was enough for an excellent silver medal.
Also in the medals was Mobolaji Adeokun who competed in the senior women’s 60m hurdles.
Having finished second in her heat with a personal best of 8.51, she almost matched that in the final where her time of 8.52 was enough for a splendid silver.
Veteran Gintas Degutis started the new indoor season well as his throw of 14.56m in the shot earned him a bronze medal.
There were others who just missed out on medals on the day.
Susanna Banjo clocked 55.71 in her semi-final and though she was not quite as fast in the final, she just missed out on a medal, finishing fourth.
Lennox Thompson joined Sosanya in the 400m event, where he won both his heat and his semi as well, before finishing an unlucky fourth in the final with a time of 50.22.
Victor Nutakor was fifth in his heat of the 400m, while that was matched by T20 athlete Jordan Andrew who clocked 54.39.
In the under-20s Alex Russo ran PBs in the semis and finished fifth in the final.
Kehinde Ademola finished sixth in her semi-final of the senior 60m with a PB of 8.20, while it was a similar story for Jasmine Okoye at under-20 level as she managed a best of 8.12 in finishing seventh.
Ndeye Binta Nam managed a best in the 200m of 28.41 before finishing sixth in the final, while Will Owoye bowed oiuyt in the semis of the 200m.