Mo­han un­happy de­spite a medal

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Classifieds - by BOB FRANK

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.

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