Judun stars in School Games
PUBLISHED: 12:20 17 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:27 05 October 2010
By PHIL RAVITZ TUNDE Judun was the star of the local contingent in the London team for the annual English Schools Athletics Championships at Gateshead last weekend. Judun stormed to victory in the blue ribbon junior boys 100m final by setting a new Victo
By PHIL RAVITZ
TUNDE Judun was the star of the local contingent in the London team for the annual English Schools Athletics Championships at Gateshead last weekend.
Judun stormed to victory in the blue ribbon junior boys' 100m final by setting a new Victoria Park and Tower Hamlets athletics Under-15 club record for the distance.
Judun certainly saved his best for last, coming only third in his semi-final, but he raced home in the final in a wind-assisted time of 11.10secs to beat London teammate David Bolarinwa, from Greenwich.
The Bishop Challoner pupil, who came third in the final of the London Youth Games last week, had run 11.32secs to win his qualifying heat.
He was one member of a seven-strong group from Victoria Park and Tower Hamlets, who all represented London at the meeting.
Quincie Michael had looked on course to replicate Judun's success in the junior boys' 400m after again breaking the Victoria Park and Tower Hamlets record to qualify from his heat.
Michael, who also goes to Bishop Challoner, posted a time of 51.90secs to finish second in his heat behind Kent's Farren Morgan.
But he was unable to take part in the final after suffering an injury in the closing stages of his qualifying race and he was forced to withdraw from the event.
Hurdler Jordan Aromasodu also saw his hopes of glory ended by injury.
Aromasodu tore his hamstring in the opening heat of the senior boys' 400m hurdles and finished a long way down the field.
The hurdler, who won a bronze medal at the South of England Under-20 championships last month, is likely to be out of competitive action for a fortnight, according to his coach Chris Zah.
"He has got a small tear," said Zah. "It was a shame because Jordan would have had a good chance but there will be plenty of other opportunities for him."
Shane Martin finished an impressive seventh in the junior boys shot put event following a throw of 12.56m.
Nathan Hanson, who was one of the youngest members of the London team, came seventh in his heat of the junior boys' 200m in 24.34secs and failed to make the final.
Victor Ade-Davis, a junior boys' winner last time, found it harder in the intermediate boys' 100m, where he made the semi-finals, but finished eighth in 11.58secs.
The only local girl in the London team was Stephanie Steele-Boyce, who took part in the junior girls' 200m.
Running against a number of older girls, she finished seventh in her heat and was eliminated early on.