Bur­gin as­tounds with Euro vic­tory

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - CRICKET -

ATH­LET­ICS: Hal­i­fax Har­rier Max Bur­gin pro­duced yet an­other amaz­ing run to win the Euro­pean Un­der-18 800m at Gyor, Hun­gary, yes­ter­day.

His win­ning time was a phe­nom­e­nal 1min 47.36secs to set a new cham­pi­onship record, oblit­er­at­ing the mark set by Ge­orge Mills (Har­ro­gate) two years ago.

Bur­gin, a stu­dent at Cross­ley Heath, Hal­i­fax, set a new world age best of 1:47.50 in May be­fore tak­ing time out to con­cen­trate on his GCSE ex­ams.

Go­ing into yes­ter­day’s race as favourite he ex­uded con­fi­dence, lead­ing by some five me­tres at the bell, reached in 52.68. He went fur­ther away from the chas­ing field to fin­ish al­most two se­conds ahead at the fin­ish.

Bur­gin had needed to ne­go­ti­ate a heat and semi­fi­nal and what makes his per­for­mance even more re­mark­able is that he was the youngest run­ner in the field hav­ing only turned 16 in May.

City of Sh­effield and Dearne fin­ished fifth in the third round match of the Bri­tish Ath­let­ics League, Pre­mier divi­sion, at Bed­ford on Sat­ur­day.

The league had an am­bi­tious pro­gramme of run­ning all five di­vi­sions, with A and B strings in all events, at the same venue. The re­sults of­fi­cials were overwhelmed and full de­tails were still not avail­able 24 hours after the end of the meet­ing.

Birch­field, de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons, won the match and ex­tended their lead while Sh­effield dropped to third be­hind Shafts­bury Bar­net. There is one round to go.

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