12:03PM, Tuesday 29 June 2021
Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow (WSEH AC) enjoyed their most successful British Championships ever, emerging with three national champions and several other medallists.
Morgan Lake (high jump), Taylor Campbell (hammer) and Tade Ojara (110m hurdles) all won their respective events.
Lake produced a dominant performance at the Manchester Regional Arena, clearing 1.93m to defend her title and book her spot on the Olympic team.
Four WSEH athletes made the final of the men’s hammer, with Campbell dominating to take first place with a stadium record 75.10m. Jake Norris was seventh with 65.01m, Bayley Campbell, the younger brother of Taylor, was eighth with 64.87m and Reuben Banks travelled from his US University to finish 12th with 55.14m.
Campbell secured the first gold medal of the day with his throw of 75.10m in the final round.
Reflecting on the achievement, Campbell said: “To be an Olympian for me is the be all and end all, but obviously you want to go and get medals. You’re a competitor and want to do that, but to become an Olympian, I’ve done athletics all my life. My older brother went to the European Youth Olympics back in 2009 and I remember sitting their wearing his uniform and that really inspired me to go and get my time.
“Through every stage, every age group champs, the focus was on 2020 being the one where I’m going to be 24 years of age. For it to not happen last year was disappointing but, having that extra year, I knew I was going to put myself on that plane, there was no way we were going to let it slip. We were very diligent with our training, very focused and we’re reaping the rewards now so I can’t complain.”
Tade Ojora set a new personal best of 13.38 seconds as he won the 110m hurdles, while his younger sister Temi also smashed her best effort in the triple jump, leaping out to 13.25m to grab second place.
A lot was expected from the club in the 400m hurdles, with Jacob Paul clocking 51.48 seconds to finish in bronze medal position and Jessie Knight doing likewise in the ladies’ race with 55.91seconds. Just out of the medal hunt for WSEH was Amy Herrington, fourth in the ladies’ hammer with a new personal best of 63.89m.
Knight was later selected to compete for Team GB in the 400m hurdles and 4x400m relay in Tokyo, and said it was an ‘absolute dream come true’.
U20s athlete Toby Makoya set a new best to come sixth in the 200m in 21.17seconds, and Amy Holder was also sixth in the discus with 51.26m. Another of the club’s younger representatives, u20s athlete, Lionel Owona, finished eighth in the high jump with 2.08m.
Also finishing eighth were Hannah Johnson in the ladies’ javelin with 41.09m and Megan Marrs in the 100m hurdles in 13.49.
This weekend’s smart motorway closures on the M4 will be shorter than usual due to separate bridge works taking place in West Berkshire (Junctions 13-14)