Mohan unhappy despite a medal
NENE Valley Harrier Robert Mohan picked up a national silver medal but left Bedford far from happy on Sunday.
Mohan, the club record-holder at Nene Valley, was second in the shot at the England Under 20 Championships but insisted: “It was the wrong colour medal.”
The British junior international saw any hopes of being selected for the World Junior Championship dashed as Woodford Green’s Anthony Oshodi beat him by 13 centimetres. But given that his rival has a best of 18.68m, more than a metre better than Mohan’s 17.56m set when winning the national indoor title during the winter, defeat was no disgrace.
Mohan said: “I can accept being beaten but I can’t be happy with a performance like that. It was a shocking performance. It just didn’t come together for me.”
Despite his disappointment, Mohan has enjoyed an excellent year with an international debut and a national title indoors, and the fact many competitors were well below their best at Bedford suggests Mo- han is being harsh on himself.
The 19 year-old has been balancing competing with the 6kg junior shot and the heavier senior implement and believes he is more suited to the 7.26kg senior shot.
He will get further opportunities to use that heavier shot as he has joined Enfield and Haringey under the higher competition rule.
He plans to compete for them in the British League, although Nene Valley would no doubt be delighted if he was to line up for them as they bid for the Southern Men’s League Division One title.
Nene Valley are currently top with three wins out of three going into Saturday’s meeting at Harrow.
Not that they’re struggling in the throws with Ken Baker, teenager Harry Wells and Simon Achurch - who took silver in the Over 35 age group at the British Masters Weight Pentathlon Championships at Milton Keynes at the weekend - all in good form.
Georgie Ivens smashed her own Nene Valley Under 20 women’s club record in the heats of the 400m at Bedford, clocking 58.26.
Spalding sprinter Chris Craig won his heat in 21.30, a time that would have earned the bronze medal in the final, where he finished eighth.
PETERBOROUGH Athletic Club’s Nichola Gibson returned to the scene of her 400m personal best and recorded her second fastest ever time.
The 20 year-old finished third in the 400m C race at the Watford Open Graded Meeting in 60.77. She set her personal best of 60.20 in a similar meeting in April.