Nachshen go­ing great guns

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY BRIAN SACKS

ATH­LET­ICS GI­LAD Nachshen, 13, set a new 800m best of 2:04.44 at the Wat­ford Open Graded Meet­ing to reaf­firm his stand­ing as the sec­ond fastest run­ner of his age in the coun­try.

His per­for­mance came three days af­ter chas­ing home Jamie Rash­brook, one of the fastest 14-year-olds in the coun­try, in a close race at the East­ern Young Ath­letes League fi­nal in Bed­ford.

Nachshen com­mented: “I sur­prised my­self in both races, in that I had only done one train­ing ses­sion in the pre­vi­ous fort­night.

“In the EYAL race, Jamie and I broke away from the field early on and ran vir­tu­ally to­gether.

“I pulled ahead with 150 me­tres re­main­ing but on re­flec­tion, per­haps I surged too soon be­cause he over­took me in the fi­nal few me­tres.

“At Wat­ford, I ran at my usual tempo to pass 400m in 62 sec­onds and was pleased to main­tain that speed to the end.”

Nachshen added: “The sea­son has gone re­ally well for me in terms of im­prov­ing both my speed and my tech­nique.

“In par­tic­u­lar, run­ning 1,500m events has taught me to con­serve my energy up to the end of the race.”

Con­test­ing the high jump in his first com­pe­ti­tion of the year at the same Wat­ford Open Meet­ing, Wil­liam Levy, 17, cleared the bar at 1.60m.

Adam Fir­sht, 14, placed fifth at the South­ern Coun­ties U15 800m Cham­pi­onships in Ox­ford.

He recorded 2:09.45, hav­ing run slightly faster in the heats ear­lier in the af­ter­noon.

Rachel Ayr­ton, 18, im­proved her 400m PB to 65.64 at Wat­ford.

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