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    Who are people who you think will have particularly big 2020s from a GB perspective? Names who will be a lot more well-known in December than in January/February.

    Obviously Jemma Reekie is already one with here 2 World Class races, and I will add Tom Gale to that list - 2.28m, 2.30m and 2.33m so far this year for a joint World Lead and looking properly quality while doing it. He served notice of his talent in 2017 with 2.30m as an U20, and after a couple of down years is back with a bang. I predict, injury permitting, that he will be right at the sharp end come Tokyo.

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    Originally posted by MysteryBrick View Post
    Who are people who you think will have particularly big 2020s from a GB perspective? Names who will be a lot more well-known in December than in January/February.

    Obviously Jemma Reekie is already one with here 2 World Class races, and I will add Tom Gale to that list - 2.28m, 2.30m and 2.33m so far this year for a joint World Lead and looking properly quality while doing it. He served notice of his talent in 2017 with 2.30m as an U20, and after a couple of down years is back with a bang. I predict, injury permitting, that he will be right at the sharp end come Tokyo.


    the ones that have stood out this year so are gale who seems to be fulfilling his promise of a couple of years ago, likewise added 3 cm onto her 1.90 pb from couple of years ago, 1.93 this year in the high jump, obviously reekie seems to have jumped up a couple of levels to being our best 800 metres runner and near the level of muir in the 1500, we will see if she mantains it through the season, coppell in the pole vault , jumping 5.80 in the pole vault

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    • #3
      Hoping Harry Hughes will build on last year and go well over 80.

      Hitchon will be an interesting watch. Morgan Lake will be another.

      Gale’s obviously a big talent but I’m not going to start hanging medals round his neck just yet.

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      • #4
        Any news on Toby Harries? His 400 last year was encouraging. Possibly one to watch adding some speed to the 4x4.

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        • #5
          Charlie Dodson looks like one to watch this year, 6.64 from a 200 specialist is pretty good. I’d like to see Efoloko get back to his best form after an injury disrupted 2019

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          • #6
            In first with Jessie Knight!

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            • #7
              Andrew Morgan-Harrison 20.66 200m at the BUCS indoors.

              Also worth keeping an eye out for Cheyanne Evans-Gray who has this year improved her 60m PB from 7.59 to 7.28. Her 100m PB of 11.85 looks set for massive improvement.
              Last edited by trickstat; 16-02-20, 19:27.

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              • #8
                U-20s: Joel Pascall-Menzie. Looking like a good prospect in the 100m. Ended last year with the 2nd fastest time in Europe over 100m and 200m as an U-18, only behind multi-event teenage sensation Sasha Zhoya. He's still just 17 years old, but won't be eligible for the Euro U-18s due to having his 18th birthday this November. He *will* be eligible for the World Juniors though and having already lowered his 60m PB by 3 tenths of a second this winter season, its likely that Pascall-Menzie will lower his outdoor bests by quite a margin.

                Toby Makoyawo. A year older that Pascall-Menzie and this season has gone even quicker than him over 60m, entering the UK U-20 all time list over the distance in =9th with his 6.68 in Linz last weekend. Another 100m/200m combo sprinter, he's set to improve his times outdoors too and will be hoping to be on the British team heading to Nairobi for the World U-20s.

                Jeremiah Azu: Coming back after suffering a hamstring pull just 50m from winning gold at the Euro U-20s last year which ended his season, Azu hasn't run anywhere close to the 6.63 he ran last winter season, with his best time so far this indoor season "just" 6.81. If he can recover his form and fitness by the summer though, he would be one of the favourites to make the British team for the World U-20s.

                Thomas Keen. European U-18 champion over 3000m in Gyor in 2018, messed up in Boras as one of the contenders for gold, getting caught up in a slow run heat and taking a fall. Has opened 2020 strongly, setting an outright PB over 1500m of 3:41.44i at the Vienna meeting when coming 3rd as well as winning a cross country race too. Keen will be a expecting to make the team for Nairobi.

                Sam Bennett. Another European U-18 champion, this time over 110m hurdles, where he ran a British U18 record 13.19 (2nd on the European U18 all time and 5th on the world U18 all time list). Had run a windy 13.59 over the U20 hurdles last year as an 18 year old before an injury in May ended his season. (That time would have won Bennett a bronze medal at the European U20s, behind Josh Zeller.) This year he's now a student athlete at Harvard University and is running quick indoor times over the senior hurdles (juniors in America use the senior barriers), which bodes very well for Bennett when he goes back to the U20 hurdle height later in the year. Obviously the caveat has to be made of what sort of form he'll be in come summer after a busy NCAA season (plus all his studying), but if he's in good shape, Bennett could be a big factor in Nairobi.

                Joseph Harding. I've been banging on about this kid for the last couple years as he's been ripping up the domestic 80m and 100m hurdles scene in the youth ranks in Britain, being virtually unbeatable at the English Schools and looking super smooth over the hurdles each time. Still just 17, Harding will be making his first serious tilt over 110m hurdles this year and judging by his results so far indoors over the U20 hurdles, he could be a star of the future.... Of course, it helps that Harding is being trained by Britain's 2nd fastest man ever over the 110m hurdles, Tony Jarrett.

                I'll post more names later....
                Last edited by RunUnlimited; 18-02-20, 23:43.

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                • #9
                  Surprised no one has mentioned Amber Anning yet!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Afrothletics View Post
                    Surprised no one has mentioned Amber Anning yet!
                    I was getting to her!

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                    • #11
                      The men's TJ rankings are being led by first year junior Daniel Falode. It's an event crying out for new talent.
                      Dominic Ogbechie will be an interesting watch. Should he have kept going with multi events. Hope that 2.22m at 15 hasn't become a burden.

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                      • #12
                        Dont forget Maya Bruney over 400....my what shirt memories you have! 😀

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Sprintfan View Post
                          Dont forget Maya Bruney over 400....my what shirt memories you have! 😀
                          I ain't forgotten her either! I just hope that she has recovered from the injury she picked up in 2018 that hampered her throughout 2019.

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                          • #14
                            Who would you rather be or rather what trajectory would you wish for .... Amy Hunt (who no one has mentioned yet hahaha) with all the heaps of hype on her very young shoulders, or Jessie Knight - a heart warming story, who has persevered for season after season, has a teaching job, and frankly no one would have mentioned in any such names-to-watch list but has been, arguably, the surprise of the indoor season so far ... I am looking forward to watching how both perform...

                            As for Dominic Ogbechie - another undoubted talent - but I agree with CAML, and hope he does not end up not quite reaching world class in the two events he seems to be pursuing... I think I suggested a serious go at TJ might be an idea for him...

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                            • #15
                              Temi Ojora. A first year u20 and as a u17 last year a 1.80m high jumper and 13.08m (w) Triple jumper in about her third competition!
                              She is definitely one to watch maybe even more talented than her big brother.

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