NORTH OF ENGLAND CHAMPS
Heptathlete Niamh Emerson impresses by winning a 200m and shot put double in Manchester
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
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