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Brno from the Czech Republic      Hard earned points on                As the afternoon began to
(both of whom had beaten          the track                            draw to a close, the final event
us in Brno in 2013) as well as    The first available points           scheduled before the relays was
Sparta AM from Denmark,           on the track came in a high          the 3000m, where Jess Keene
Playas de Castellon of Spain,     quality 400H, where an under         rounded off a very successful
Pro Sesto Atletica from           the weather Isabella Hilditch        summer with an extremely
Italy and the Slovenian and       nevertheless secured a hard-         gutsy, front-run win, taking
Slovakian teams, AD Kladivar      earned 5th. Niamh Bridson            50m out of the field in the
and SK Sog Nitra. All we could    Hubbard went one better,             first two laps and holding that
now do was our best.              picking up 4th in a tactical         lead all the way to the tape.
                                  800m, before Viv Olatunji, for       Interviewed afterwards – it’s
Opening leaps and throws          so long the understudy to Dina       all out there on You Tube – she
in the field                      Asher-Smith and the Hylton           was asked when she realized
Boosted by the receipt of a       twins, grabbed her chance to         she had the race won. As is
good luck tweet from Jess         demonstrate what a fine sprinter     often the case in life, it was
Ennis, though neither of them     she is and followed in their         only later that she realized that
feature in the heptathlon, we     footsteps with a win in the          what she could have replied
started solidly in the opening    100m. Further wins followed          was: “I knew I had won the
field events, with Victoria       from Cheriece Hylton: in her         race when my team manager
Wiltshire and Helena Coleman      own speciality, the 400m, and        shouted at me to slow down
both mastering the tricky         then, standing in for injured        and save myself for the relay!’
conditions and finishing 4th,     sister, Shannon, in the 200m.        Meanwhile, out in the field,
in the hammer and pole vault,     In the interim, Georgina Taylor      Divine’s jet lag had finally
respectively. Jamiyla Robinson-   made her debut in the 3000m          caught up with her, but she still
Pascal found the going rather     steeplechase, twice the distance     threw the 4kg shot far enough
tougher in the long jump and      that she normally competes at,       to secure 5th, the same placing
a leap not too far from her       and called on all her reserves       as Tabitha Lisciotto in the
season’s best was only good       to make it home in 6th place.        high jump. Things didn’t go
enough for 7th. The track         Niamh also returned to contest       smoothly either for Ali Higgins
programme kicked off with the     the 1500 and fought back             in the javelin. Having brought
‘100m Extra’ (or non-scoring, if  bravely up the home straight
you prefer) and an encouraging    to secure 3rd. Molly Scott was
win for Parris Johnson, with      another venturing outside her
Magda Cienciala taking 4th.       comfort zone: in only her 2nd
Next up, Divine Oladipo, fresh    competitive outing over the
(or perhaps not so fresh!) from   U20 heights, and into what must
her recent trip to Samoa for the  have felt like the teeth of a gale,
Commonwealth Youth Games,         she finished a very creditable
produced a fine 2nd place in the  4th in the sprint hurdles.
discus, despite the wind playing
havoc with her flight, and
Annie Davies wrested 3rd in a
very competitive triple jump,
where the difference between
2nd and 6th was a mere 15cm.
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