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It’s silver service for Soloman at Schools’

PUBLISHED: 10:30 16 July 2015

Woodford Green's Canaan Soloman won silver in Gateshead (pic: WGEL)

Woodford Green's Canaan Soloman won silver in Gateshead (pic: WGEL)

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Youngster picks up silver medal at national event in Gateshead

The future appears bright for Woodford Green & Essex Ladies as several young club members took part in the English Schools’ Championships.

Canaan Soloman’s stock continues to rise and the youngster was in fine form against his national rivals in Gateshead.

Soloman earned a superb silver medal in the under-17 800m event, finishing in a time of 1.54.40 on Tyneside.

The middle-distance athlete may have been Green’s only medalist at the meet, but there were plenty of other positives.

Shayne Dewar ran his fastest 200m to qualify for the under-17 final, but his time of 21.87secs was not a new personal best as it was over the legal wind limit.

In the final, Dewar finished just outside the medals in fourth, clocking a still impressive time of 22.23 in less blustery conditions.

Nikko Hunt was fourth in the under-17 pole vault with a height of 4.60m, while Stephanie Howe threw a season’s best of 53.84 to finish sixth in the under-17

A much improved performance saw the Woodford Green women’s team finish fifth in their second UK Premiership fixture of the season in Birmingham.

Gemma Rous was busy at the meeting, winning the A 400m hurdles in 59.31, before finishing sixth on the flat over the same distance, clocking 56.05.

Portugal international Silvia Cruz was another who doubled up, winning the javelin with 51.49m, before coming fifth in the shot after throwing 12.77m.

Lucy Marshall placed second in the hammer with a personal best of 58.74, despite suffering an illness all week, with Myra Perkins (55.99) winning the B string.

Kitty Eleyae was leaping for glory as the club’s only other winner, recording a distance of 5.57m in the B long jump.

The overall results from the day’s competition saw Woodford Green finish just 4.5 points behind Enfield in fourth.

They now lie seventh in the standings, but will be hopeful of a strong showing in the final fixture of the season to preserve their Premiership status.

The men are also in a battle to ensure they stay in the top flight of their competition following the latest round of the British League, which was held in Glasgow.

The Green squad headed north of the border knowing a strong display was needed, with little separating them from local rivals Newham & Essex Beagles in the final relegation spot.

Andy Frost continued his good recent form to win the hammer with a season’s best throw of 69.49, while Anthony Oshodi threw 38.84m to finish third in the B string event.

Youcef Zatat won the B shot put with a distance of 16.21, just shy of Oshodi’s throw of 16.24 in the A string where he finished fourth.

Tosin Oke was another Green winner, claiming the A triple jump honours with 15.86 as Thalasong Tshireletso won the B string after jumping 14.85.

Woodford Green finished fifth overall at the Scotstoun Stadium thanks to their impressive results on Scottish soil.

Sadly, though, Beagles won the competition and with it pushed Green into the drop zone at the foot of the Premiership.

With just one fixture remaining in the season, at Lee Valley next month, the men know they have a fight on their hands if they are to stay in the top flight next year.


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