Davis and co raise the bar at na­tional schools event

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY BRIAN SACKS

ATH­LET­ICS Eden Davis was one of four Jewish ath­letes to reach the fi­nals of the English Schools Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships in Birm­ing­ham.

Rep­re­sent­ing Hert­ford­shire, Davis, 15, achieved the high­est plac­ing af­ter bat­tling a head­wind to fin­ish sev­enth in the Intermediate 100m in 11.11. His ear­lier two rounds had been faster, in more favourable wind con­di­tions.

Davis said: “It feels good to get to the fi­nal in my first year of com­pe­ti­tion. I still have an­other year i n the age group and hope­fully I can de­velop and do even bet­ter next year.”

El­lie Ed­wards, 17, rep­re­sented Greater Manch­ester in the Se­nior Girls’ 200m, hav­ing con­tested the same event in both the Ju­nior and Intermediate Cham­pi­onships in pre­vi­ous years.

Ed­wards set a near-PB of 25.72 in the semi-fi­nal to win a place in the fi­nal, in which she fin­ished eighth.

“I am so proud of my per­for­mance,” she said. “It made all the hard train­ing worth­while. It’s pretty good for a small Jewish girl from Manch­ester to be mix­ing it

Sophie Dowling

with some of the real pow­er­houses.”

Ge­orge Grant, who is 16 and com­petes for Hert­ford­shire, placed 10th in the Intermediate pole vault.

Grant said: “My main aim this sea­son was to reach the English Schools fi­nals, and I se­cured my place last month by set­ting a PB of 3.95m.

“I was de­ter­mined to thor­oughly en­joy the ex­pe­ri­ence of the Cham­pi­onships, and I cel­e­brated ev­ery clear­ance. I knew it was my big chance for a PB and I gave it ev­ery­thing I had.” Grant achieved a new best of 4.00m, plac­ing him 12th in the UK Un­der 17 rank­ings.

Mid­dle­sex ath­lete Sophie Dow­son cleared 3.10m to place 12th in the Girls’ Intermediate pole vault. She said: “It was very ex­cit­ing com­pet­ing in a big

arena for the first time, but it made me ner­vous. I was slightly dis­ap­pointed with my per­for­mance be­cause I had set a PB of 3.31m the pre­vi­ous week. But I am still in the In­ter­me­di­ates next year, so hope­fully I will be back and jump­ing

higher.”

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