World Juniors – Alisha relay bronze, Erin seventh

Sunday 15th July 2018

IAAF World Juniors Results

Alisha Rees and her GB and NI team-mates landed bronze in the Women’s 4 x 100m final at the IAAF World Juniors in Finland.

And Erin Wallace delivered a strong individual performance as she finished seventh in the women’s 1500m final in her second race in three days.

Rees was involved in the 200m on Friday, making it through with a win in her heat early in the day but then missing out on the final with third place in her semi in 23.67. Alisha was only three hundredths away from a final place, as it happened.

But she recovered quickly when brought into the British team for the 4 x 100m final on Saturday.

The team clocked a season’s best 44.05 seconds  to take bronze thanks to the efforts of Kristal Awuah, Georgina Adam, Rees and Ebony Carr.

Alisha said: ‘Yesterday didn’t exactly go to plan but I love doing the relay with the girls because we always perform when it counts. Last year me and Ebony won a medal at the Europeans and now we’ve done it again but on the world stage.’

It was a first Scottish medal at the IAAF World Juniors since 1996.

Well done to Alisha, her family, coach Leon Baptiste and all at Banchory Stonehaven and Edinburgh AC involved in her development.

Unfortunately, the GB Men’s 4 x 100m team didn’t make it through the heat as they were a DNF with Edinburgh AC’s Michael Olsen on the third leg.

It was a happier few days, however, for Giffnock North AC endurance athlete Erin.

On Friday morning she produced a strong run to secure a comfortable third place, inside the top four going through automatically from the heats to Sunday’s final.

Seventh place there was a very good effort with a strong African presence and Erin boldly pushed the race on at one stage as the field started to break up before coming home in 4.17.61

‘It sounds better than I could have expected,’ said Erin.

‘I think my time was eighth fastest going in but you can’t really go off times so I’m really happy with that. I’ve found this really fun. I didn’t think I was racing until I got on the start line and I thought that this was it.

‘I didn’t really think about tactics and it’s the one thing I can take out of this to improve the most.’


Tags: Alisha Rees, Erin Wallace, Finland, IAAF World Juniors, Michael Olsen

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