Fab five tak­ing on the world

Hilling­don ath­letes fly­ing the flag

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Matt Lewis matt.lewis@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

UXBRIDGE-trained track stars are gear­ing up for the races of their lives at the Rio Olympics this week.

Five run­ners who have been work­ing with Bri­tish sprint­ing leg­end Lin­ford Christie at Brunel Univer­sity are fly­ing the flag for Hilling­don on the big­gest stage of all.

They will fol­low their Brunel train­ing pal James Elling­ton in tak­ing to the Olympic Sta­dium in Brazil after he took on Usain Bolt at the week­end in the 100m heats.

Elling­ton, though, was no match for the fastest man on earth, clock­ing 10.29 sec­onds for the dis­tance, which was only good enough for 40th place over­all and saw him miss out on the fi­nal.

Bolt, 29, ran 9.81 sec­onds in Sun­day night’s main event to beat Justin Gatlin to gold and fol­low up his ti­tles at Bei­jing 2008 and Lon­don 2012.

Elling­ton will now turn his at­ten­tion to the men’s 4x100m re­lay event as he has a crack at redemp­tion later this week.

Be­fore that comes the turn of 26-year-old for­mer Brunel sports science scholar She­layna OskanClarke as she be­gins her quest for gold in the women’s 800m heats to­day (Wed­nes­day) in Rio.

Oskan-Clarke’s train­ing part­ner Mor­gan Lake does not have to wait long for her mo­ment in the spot­light ei­ther as she goes in the women’s high jump a day later.

Two more Brunel stars, Mar­garet Adeoye and grad­u­ate Nigel Levine, must wait un­til Satur­day as they take part in their re­spec­tive 4x400m re­lay quar­tets in a bid to add more medals to Team GB’s im­pres­sive tally. HARE­FIELD SHARKS took third place in the Lon­don Re­gional Ca­noe Re­gatta with some ex­cel­lent per­sonal re­sults.

The eight-pad­dler team took to the wa­ter at Lon­don Re­gatta Cen­tre for the com­pe­ti­tion, which saw var­i­ous podium fin­ishes in the in­di­vid­ual events.

It was also many of the team’s first re­gional events after they started train­ing ses­sions with the Sharks at Oster­ley Park and at Hilling­don Leisure Cen­tre last year, un­der spe­cial­ist sprint coach, Beata Fabri­aska.

Team man­ager Neal Un­der­wood said: “Third place at the Lon­don Re­gional Sprint Re­gatta is amaz­ing.

“These young­sters raced very well and gained valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence to take for­ward.

“Our aim is to be­come the top sprint club and to achieve this we need more peo­ple to get in­volved.

“We have great kit, great coaches and great pad­dlers – all we need is more of them.”

The youngest com­peti­tors were nine-year-old twins Maja and Mar­cel Krukowska who were pad­dling in their first ever com­pe­ti­tion and against 12-year-olds.

Mar­cel took third place in the 500m and Maja came third in the 200m race.

In the Light­ning class, Kiara She­han, 12, and Jo­han Kukko­hovi, 11, took first place for the girls and boys re­spec­tively.

Light­nings are ju­nior sprint boats ideal for young­sters just start­ing out in sprint rac­ing.

In The Boys D race, Joel Gun­nery and Conor She­han, rep­re­sent­ing the Sharks in their first re­gional sprint event, fin­ished sev­enth and eighth re­spec­tively in the 200m and 500m.

Adam Ste­wart pow­ered to vic­tory in the Men’s D 500m by five sec­onds in a time of 2:21:9 and in the 200m race with a four sec­ond mar­gin, fin­ish­ing on 53.5 sec­onds. Grant Un­der­wood came sec­ond in the Men’s C 500m event with a time of 2:18.8 but was vic­to­ri­ous in the 200m in a time of 48.7 sec­onds.

The team also en­tered a K2 race for the first time with Un­der­wood and Ste­wart tak­ing vic­tory in the 500m race in 2:14:9, an im­pres­sive 16 sec­onds faster than sec­ond place.

How­ever, a close 200m race left the pair in sec­ond place by 0.75 of a sec­ond in a time of 44.8 sec­onds.

For more in­for­ma­tion on join­ing the Sharks, visit www.the­sharks.org.uk or email ca­noe­ing@the­sharks.org.uk.

n FEEL­ING THE HEATS: (Main pic­ture) James Elling­ton be­fore his 100m heat; (be­low) tak­ing on Usain Bolt; (clock­wise from right) She­layna Oskan-Clarke; Nigel Levine; Mor­gan Lake; and Mar­garet Adeoye Photo by Ac­tion Images

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