Mo­han gets onto the podium at the Olympic Sta­dium

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Classifieds - By BOB FRANK @Et­bobfrank

BOURNE thrower Robert Mo­han con­tin­ued his fine record of mak­ing the podium at na­tional cham­pi­onships but in­sisted tak­ing bronze at the Bri­tish Uni­ver­si­ties Col­lege Sport (BUCS) Cham­pi­onships at the Olympic Sta­dium was ‘not a pleas­ant ex­pe­ri­ence’.

It was more the frus­tra­tion of in­jury nig­gles af­fect­ing his per­for­mance than the very cold and wet weather mak­ing his first out­ing at the Olympic Sta­dium a mis­ery but there were plenty of pos­i­tives to come out of the meet­ing.

The 21 year-old eased through qual­i­fy­ing in the shot with 15.43m and then took a first round lead in the final with 16.07m.

The Lough­bor­ough Univer­sity stu­dent was sur­passed in round two by pre­vi­ous win­ners Zane Duquemin (St Mary’s) and Ri­man­tas Mar­ti­sauskas (Leeds Met Carnegie) but Mo­han held on to third although the weather de­te­ri­o­rated and he was un­able to im­prove his dis­tance.

He said: “My body has been fall­ing apart re­cently and tech­ni­cally I was so bad so the fact I can get within 20 cen­time­tres of my per­sonal bad when throw­ing like that is pos­i­tive.

“I in­jured my right shoul­der re­cently and that af­fected my train­ing for two weeks while I also have a prob­lem with my left el­bow but they’re just nig­gles, it’s noth­ing se­ri­ous.

“Be­fore I in­jured my el­bow I felt I was throw­ing bet­ter than ever in train­ing. I’m throw­ing 15.50-16m with a stand­ing throw so I should be able to add a me­tre­and-a-half to that in com­pe­ti­tion.

“That was the worst 16-me­tre throw I’ve had tech­ni­cally and I know I’m in 17me­tre shape.

“It was nice to make the podium at the Olympic Sta­dium but I know what I’m ca­pa­ble of so on the whole the meet­ing wasn’t a pleas­ant ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Hope­fully I’ll throw much bet­ter at the Olympic Tri­als. I want to throw at least 17 me­tres, hope­fully 17.50m, this year and ide­ally I’d like to do it be­fore the tri­als.”

The event was be­ing held as a test event for the Olympics and although Mo­han won’t be com­pet­ing against the world’s best there in Au­gust (he’s cur­rently ranked 10th in the coun­try) he does have an in­volve­ment ahead of the Games.

Mo­han, whose brother Adam, sis­ter Jenna and mum Jackie all hold club records at Nene Val­ley Har­ri­ers, will have the hon­our of car­ry­ing the Olympic torch in Sleaford on June 27.

DOGSTHORPE young­ster Chris Wright took 10 sec­onds off his per­sonal best (PB) to break the 15-minute bar­rier for the first time in the 5000m.

The Peter­bor­ough 5k Se­ries cham­pion, rep­re­sent­ing Leeds Met Carnegie, was sev­enth in heat one in 14.59.55 and then 16th in the final two days later in 15.31.82.

Train­ing part­ner James Ver­nau of Brunel Univer­sity took 12 sec­onds off his PB when fin­ish­ing one place be­hind Wright in the heats, the Nene Val­ley Har­rier clock­ing 15.36.80.

An­other lo­cal dis­tance run­ner in fine form was Wer­ring­ton Jog­ger Chris Dunn who de­fied in­jury to set a PB of 35.54.78 for 16th place in the 10,000m B final. Dunn was skip­per­ing the Sun­der­land Univer­sity team.

NENE Val­ley Har­ri­ers 400m record­holder Ge­orgie Ivens pro­duced her best run for al­most a year as she broke 59 sec­onds for the first time since last sum­mer.

The 19 year-old Lan­cashire Univer­sity stu­dent missed the sec­ond half of 2011 with a foot in­jury she picked up in the final of the English Schools but blasted to third place in heat five in 58.59 and was then sev­enth in the semi-fi­nals in 62.69.

Peter­bor­ough Ath­letic Club’s Ni­chola Gib­son (St Mary’s) ran in the same heat, fin­ish­ing sixth in a sea­son’s best of 60.95.

Also com­pet­ing over 400m, al­beit over the hur­dles, was PAC’S Emily Craven who was eighth in her heat in 73.16 and also sixth in the qual­i­fy­ing stages of the 100m hur­dles in 17.29 when rep­re­sent­ing Cam­bridge Univer­sity.

Club­mate Devon Spencer of Leeds Univer­sity pro­duced a per­sonal best of 4.71m for 15th place in her qual­i­fy­ing pool in the long jump and was ninth in her group in the triple jump with 10.18m.

Nene Val­ley’s Ben Jones missed the 400m hur­dles due to ill­ness.

HUNTS Ath­letic Club had three mem­bers in ac­tion. Sis­ters Sam­mie and Siob­han Skin­ner com­peted in the 800m, the lat­ter fin­ish­ing ninth for Bed­ford in heat three in 2.47.16 with Sam­mie go­ing two heats later and clock­ing 2.39.82 for eighth po­si­tion.

Chris­tian Roberts of Cam­bridge Univer­sity was fourth in his heat of the 400m hur­dles in 50.61.

AS well as the BUCS Cham­pi­onships events, UK Ath­let­ics held some other races with Olympic hopeful Julz Adeni­ran of Deep­ing fin­ish­ing sev­enth in the 110m hur­dles.

Although his time of 14.07 was a sea­son’s best, Adeni­ran would have been hop­ing to go quicker and fin­ish higher as he looks to make his mark in Olympic year.

He said: “It didn’t quite go to plan but a set­back only paves the way for a come­back.”

Spald­ing sprinter Chris Craig was fifth in the 200m in 21.64 run­ning into a head­wind.

SET­BACK: Julz Adeni­ran.

FINE LEAP: Devon Spencer.

SUB-15: Chris Wright.

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