Con­fi­dent Good­man on­theup

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport - BY BRIAN SACKS

Richard Good­man, 18, trimmed his 1,500m PB to 3:45.66 in the qual­i­fy­ing round at the Aviva Se­nior World Tri­als in Birm­ing­ham.

His per­for­mance demon­strated his re­newed con­fi­dence and raised him to fourth in the UK Un­der 20 rank­ings for the dis­tance.

Good­man said: “Al­though, as the fastest non-qual­i­fier, I just missed out on the fi­nal, I wasn’t dis­ap­pointed at all in my per­for­mance. My pre­vi­ous fast races have been time tri­als, but this one was tac­ti­cal.

“No-one wanted to make the early pace and I went through two laps in a slow 2:04. The race hot­ted up con­sid­er­ably and my last 800 was timed at 1:56.

“The con­di­tions were per­fect and the at­mos­phere in the packed sta­dium gave me a real boost. It was ex­cel­lent prepa­ra­tion for my 3,000m at this week­end’s Di­a­mond League at Crys­tal Palace.”

Jessica Hur­ley of Pot­ters Bar sliced 11 sec­onds from her 800 me­tres PB, record­ing 2:40.94 in the Young Ath­letes League at Hendon.

Eleven-year-old Hur­ley, who takes up a sports schol­ar­ship at Queenswood School in Septem­ber, is fol­low­ing in fam­ily foot­steps. Her mother Co­lette (nee Kauf­man) had a best time of 2:08.6 and com­peted in the tri­als for the Barcelona Olympics.

Nathaniel Lane al­lowed him­self just two­days’re­cov­eryfromhissec­ond-place fin­ish in the Welsh 10,000m Cham­pi­onships be­fore record­ing 8:50.42 for 3,000m in a Bri­tish Mil­ers Club race at Ex­eter.

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