Burgin astounds with Euro victory
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.