Eloise Walker and Megan Keith on way to a Scottish 1-2 in the U23 Women’s 5000m at Chelmsford (photo via England Athletics)
Promoting a ‘feelgood factor’ in our sport is a common theme across our channels and it is natural to expect the governing body to ‘accentuate the positive’ in reporting our sport.
When the medal tally reaches 20 for Scots at the England Athletics U23 and U20 Champs, however, the evidence is not in dispute!
That’s what happened over a couple of days in Chelmsford as Scottish athletes beat a regular path to the podium to the delight and pride of their families, coaches and clubs.
We celebrate, too, because the success reflects well on the current pathway in Scotland and international selections will follow this week for GB and NI in European events – which will further develop these talented and dedicated young athletes.
We make it automatic selections as follows:
European Juniors: Natasha Phillips, Tendai Nyabadza
European U23 Champs: Sarah Calvert, Sarah Tait, Brodie Young, Eloise Walker (and Alice Goodall, previously)
Eight gold medals amid that overall haul of 20 is another powerful statement and should be source of excitement for all across our #SALtogether community.
And while we list the athletes who made the podium below there were strong performances amid PBs and places in finals by many others (we made it at least half a dozen fourth places).
So to have close to 30 athletes in these two age groups in the ‘medal zone’ is excellent and only adds to the aforementioned, and bona fide, feelgood factor.
Sarah Tait savours steeplechase gold joy (photo by James Rhodes)
Here’s the medal list . . .
U20 Women’s 5000m – Gold for Natasha Phillips 16:80.50
U23 Men’s Long Jump – Gold for Stephen Mackenzie 7.38m; Silver for Adam Hoole 7.22 (third in comp with Australian in second place)
U20 Men’s 5000m – Silver for Conan Harper 14:38.05; Bronze for Fraser Gilmour 14:42.02
U20 Women’s Hammer – Silver for Angela McAuslan-Kelly 54.82m
U23 Women’s 100m – Bronze for Alyson Bell at 11.49 seconds
Natasha Phillips on her way to U20 Women’s 5000m title (photo by Eddie Phillips)
U23 Men’s Triple Jump – Silver for Bera Ajala at 15.69m
U23 Women’s 5000m – Gold for Eloise Walker; Silver for Megan Keith
U23 Men’s Pole Vault – Joint Gold for Reuben Nairne at 4.70m
U23 Women’s Steeplechase – Gold for Sarah Tait at 10.11
U23 Men’s 400m – Gold for Brodie Young at 46.60 seconds
U23 Women’s 1500m – Gold for Sarah Calvert at 4:20.99
U20 Men’s 1500m – Gold for Tendai Nyabadza at 3:50.87
U23 Women’s Shot – Silver for Teddy Tchoudja with 14.66m
U20 Men’s 200m – Bronze for Dean Patterson at 21.52 (-3.1 wind)
U23 Men’s 1500m – Silver for Joe Ewing at 3:44.94; Bronze for Jack Patton 3:45.04
U23 Women’s Javelin – Bronze for Erin Waters with 45.38m
Tendai Nyabadza and Sarah Calvert made it a Scottish double with their 1500m title wins (photos via England Athletics)