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Warm weather training is key to success for high-flying Beagles athlete

PUBLISHED: 18:30 08 June 2018

Michael Puplampu of Newham & Essex Beagles

Michael Puplampu of Newham & Essex Beagles

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Puplampu leaps to success but Newham finish back in fifth

Ben Snaith of Newham & Essex BeaglesBen Snaith of Newham & Essex Beagles

Newham & Essex Beagles jumper Michael Puplampu was the star of the show at the second British League match of the season, but they could still only finish fifth.

The Beagle has just returned from warm-weather training in the States and it looks to have done him a world of good.

“He was excellent,” said a delighted team manager Rowan Griffiths. “He has not been back long, but he jumped to within 19 centimetres of a European qualifying place in the long jump.

“He was second in that and he won his best event in the triple jump, so it was an excellent day.”

It was certainly a good day in the field for the Beagles, but they were missing a few on the track which cost them points, much to the frustration of Griffiths.

“In the first match we had a terrible time with missing athletes in the field, this time we won the field events,” he said.

“But we were missing a few on the track this time and if we can get both sides working together, we can get right up there.”

Beagles had a good hammer with Hassan Abrelgawad throwing 67.49 metres for second in the A, while Thomas Head won the B event in Cardiff.

Puplampu’s second place and PB in the long jump was backed up by Jack Roach, who won the B string, while George Armstrong was second in the discus, while Matthew Baptiste won the B.

“We had a lot of athletes back who were at the British University Championships for the first match, so it was good to see them return,” added Griffiths.

“We also had 15-year-old Jerome Henry who was a superb third in the high jump with 1.88m which looked like two metres.

“Archie McNeillis was an excellent third in his first match in the British League in the pole vault, while Robert Kingman is now in his 26th year in the event and I think he is held together by Blutack and super glue!”

Things did not go so well on the track as the Beagles were missing a few, including Rabah Yousif who had just run four races in nine days across Europe, clocking sub-46 seconds for all of them.

There were no wins, although both Sam Farah and Dara Chesser managed second places in the steeplechase, while Ben Snaith was second in the 400m.

Dale Clutterbuck returned to the team in the 1,500m and felt positive afterwards as he came home in fourth.

Jake Lindacher was third in the sprint hurdles and was also part of the sprint relay team which included Michael Warner, David Bolarinwa and Snaith who also finished third.

It was still only fifth place, but Griffiths was more pleased than last time, adding: “I am very positive and I think we are going in the right direction. If we can get our track stars out next time then we can go very close.”

The next meeting will be in Bedford on July 7.

Match score: Birchfield 337; Shaftesbury Barnet 308; Woodford Green 299; Sheffield 273.5; BEAGLES 272.5; Cardiff 264.5; Thames Valley Harriers 226.5; Swansea 213.

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