NORTH OF ENG­LAND CHAMPS

Hep­tath­lete Ni­amh Emer­son im­presses by win­ning a 200m and shot put dou­ble in Manch­ester

Athletics Weekly - - Contents - RE­PORT: STEPHEN GREEN

AS TAY­LOR SWIFT warmed up for day two of her ‘Rep­u­ta­tion’ tour in the neigh­bour­ing Eti­had Sta­dium, North­ern Ath­let­ics’ finest were busy en­hanc­ing their own stand­ing in the world of track and field.

Ni­amh Emer­son was one such ath­lete who left the arena with her growing rep­u­ta­tion well and truly in­tact.

The Com­mon­wealth Games hep­tathlon bronze medal­list took un­der-20 ti­tles in the 200m and shot put, in fine style.

A 200m of 24.40 was a PB for the Am­ber Val­ley ath­lete, while her shot put of 12.28m was her best throw this year.

Emer­son was de­lighted to take dou­ble gold and she said: “It was a great com­pe­ti­tion and I’m re­ally happy to set PBs in the 200m in the semi and the fi­nal. I felt good in the rounds due to my 800m back­ground.”

She added: “My shot is some­thing I re­ally still need to work on, but to­day’s ef­fort was good at this stage of the sea­son.”

Emer­son’s main aim this year will be the World Un­der-20 Cham­pi­onships, with also a tar­get of qual­i­fy­ing for the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships in Ber­lin.

Natasha Har­ri­son was in record-break­ing 400m form, the Stock­port quar­ter-miler was two sec­onds clear with 55.03.

“I’m re­ally happy with that, I’ve changed my train­ing, with more en­durance-based work, which is re­ally help­ing me im­prove,” she said.

Har­ri­son will head to Bed­ford next week where she hopes to con­sol­i­date her claim for a place in the Euro­pean Un­der-18 Cham­pi­onships squad.

Over one lap Adam Walk­erKhan proved to be the class act, record­ing a de­ci­sive vic­tory in 47.39 ahead of Reece Mid­dle­ton.

The one-lap bar­ri­ers proved to be a pro­ces­sion for Wil­liam Ritchie Moulin, who took the ti­tle with a quick 52.92.

An­other im­pres­sive teenager was Daniel McGif­ford. The Wi­gan ath­lete flew over the short hur­dles into a head­wind to re­turn a su­perb 13.88.

Georgia Yearby ran from gun to tape to win the se­nior women’s 800m in 2:08.41, with Sa­man­tha Coleby and Sinead Bent tak­ing mi­nor medals. Yearby was the 400m cham­pion last year and has made a

PIC­TURES: DAVID HEWITSON

Ni­amh Emer­son: hep­tath­lete in fine form in Manch­ester

Georgia Yearby (383): the 2017 400m cham­pion took the 800m gold in 2018

Wil­liam Ritchie Moulin (554): won the men’s 400m hur­dles ti­tle in 52.92

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