ATHLETICS: Bleaken bows out in style
9:00am Friday 16th August 2013 in Sport
LOREN Bleaken wrapped up her season with a hat-trick of victories at the South West Track & Field Championships in Exeter on Sunday.
The 17-year-old Hardenhuish School sixth-form student launched her busy afternoon with a comfortable win in her favoured 800m event (2:14.09) and, within the next three hours, the Marshfield starlet added the U20 women’s 200m (25.10secs) and 400m (56.85secs) titles, writes Kevin Fahey.
“I was pretty happy with the afternoon, although it would have been nice to have run quicker in the 800m,” said Bleaken.
“That’s the end of the season for me now and, overall, the summer has gone very well. I have won some major titles again (including the English Schools’ Championships 800m) and I qualified for the European Junior Championships (in July), which was always my main goal.
“I didn’t have the best race in Italy, which was disappointing, but Adrian (Clover, coach) and I learned a lot from that so hopefully it will stand me in good stead for the future.
“But I can’t complain and after a couple of weeks’ rest it will be back into winter training.”
Meanwhile, Calne’s Yasmin Watling, of St Mary’s School, won the U15 girls’ 1500m, with sister Ariana winning the 800m.
There was also success for Dauntsey’s School’s Will Christofi, who won the U20 men’s 1500m.
Those successes helped Wiltshire finished third of the seven counties, their best result at the championships.
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