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  • #16
    Looks like Medwin Odamtten might have thrown his hat into the ring of potential breakthrough candidates after his 6.67 run at the Lee Valley indoor meeting earlier today. That puts him up to =5th on the UK U20 all time list for the 60m. A great start to the season for him!

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    • #17
      Maybe Amy Hunt can consolidate her breakthrough this year?

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      • Occasional Hope
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        The same goes for Max Burgin...

      • jjimbojames
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        Imagine they both stayed injury-free for the next 10 years 😳

      • RunUnlimited
        RunUnlimited commented
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        Well regarding Hunt, she did manage a 23.45 200m run, in her only outdoor appearance last year after the winter injury that wrecked her season, her 6th fastest 200m she's ever done. So I think she's still got plenty of scope to run very fast like she did in 2019. I'm just hoping that she has much better luck with injuries than she's had the last couple of years.

    • #18
      Another young athlete who impressed in Lee Valley on Sunday was sprint hurdler Daniel Goriola. The 17 year old, now in his first year as an U20 athlete (he turns 18 in March), came through with a win over the 60m hurdles final. His time of 7.90 was just 1/100th off his indoor PB set over the U20 hurdles, aged just 16, last February. To start the 2023 season in this fashion bodes well for the young man, and despite his age, Goriola is already looking like a big unit of an athlete, tall, powerful, but also with good technique over the barriers. He kind of reminds me of Tony Jarrett in terms of style and if he is anywhere close as good as Jarrett was during his career, he'll have been doing something very right!

      Earlier during the heats, Goriola was pipped to the line by fellow 17 year old Jaiden Dean, last year's English Schools champion over the U17 100m hurdles. Dean won that heat in 7.98, an instant PB as this was his first ever race, indoors or out, over the U20 regulation hurdles! However, the UK U17 60m hurdle record holder (7.76 when triumphing at the English Age Group Indoor Champs last winter), couldn't continue the form in the same final after clouting the first hurdle put him off balance and a step behind Goriola, before another hurdle hit took him completely out of contention.

      But despite this, I can see a bright few months for Dean, and especially Goriola, as the season progresses.

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      • CAML
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        Noah Hanson set a pb as well, and like Jaiden Dean is a fine prospect, but I think they will struggle over the senior hurdles. If your well under 6', the transition from 3' to 3'6" hurdles is tough. Whereas Goriola looks far smoother over the junior compared to the youth hurdles.
        Last edited by CAML; 13-01-23, 17:12.

      • CAML
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        Goriola, predictive text and a long day, but I should have checked. Sorry folks.

      • RunUnlimited
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        @CAML
        Yeah, there is a bunch of talented male (and female hurdlers too) coming out from the U17 ranks into the U18/U20s currently. Along with Goriola, Dean and Hanson, there is also Hayden Christian, who along with being a good 100/110m hurdler is also fast over the 400m hurdles AND is a multi-event prospect too.
        But as you say, and as I pointed out in my comment earlier on this thread, Goriola already looks like he's at least got the physical attributes to handle the U20 and senior hurdles, while its yet to be seen if the others can.

        It'll be interesting seeing how they all go in the next few years at least.

    • #19
      So very quick to put both Burgin and Hunt down. Both worked/working hard to come back from injury. Both pretty meteoric but young. Bodies not mature cannot take the stress and strain. Charlie Dobson in the same category for a few years but he gives us great hope after what he achieved last year. So. No need to throw stones. Give them at least a modicum of support while these young athletes work through their injuries

      Now if all three come good.....

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      • Occasional Hope
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        I don't think anyone is 'putting them down' by noting their injury-ridden history. I'm sure we all very much hope they can realise their potential.

      • drobbie
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        burgin seems to be one of the unluckiest athletes around , he wasnt injured last year but missed everything due to getting deep vein thrombosis on his flight

      • jjimbojames
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        I don’t see anyone being critical of them, either! Just hoping they can stay injury-free

    • #20
      Kiah Dubarry-Gay over 200m. She's a three times English Schools' 200m Champion, who is barely ever mentioned despite quietly improving year by year. She has just turned 21 and set PBs in 2022 of 7.33 over 60m and 11.34 over 100m. Her 200m best is 23.29 but she will revise that indoors this season. Kiah was 5th in the 200m in the European U23 in Tallinn in 2021 and is eligible to compete again this year. She is in the USA at college with her twin sister Nayanna, also a national medallist. Nayanna brought her 400m time down by almost 2.5 seconds last year to 53.04s. Both athletes to watch IMO.


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      • RunUnlimited
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        A good pick. KD-G has definitely flown under the radar in recent years, with consistent improvement during that time as you note. I'm sure her target for this year is to break 23 seconds and reach the NCAA finals either indoors, or outdoors. If she hasn't burnt herself out by that point, then making a tilt at the European U23s in Espoo, Finland will also be in her plans too.

        As for twin sister Nanyanna, could she get into the 51 second range for 400m?

    • #21
      Im gonna throw still young Charlie Carvell into the discussion tbh, still just 18 and targeting the European juniors initially, but along with Training partners working hard to be in contention for senior relay call ups
      (perhaps not the world stage breakthrough)

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      • Runner88
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        Do we know what happened to him last year? Such a shame he was sidelined for a year

      • Stew-Coach
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        Runner88 Unfortunately, the curse of young Talent, had a few bad Hamstring Injuries. Got "scouted" for US colleges and went across August last year, came back to UK October

    • #22
      Originally posted by RunUnlimited View Post
      Another young athlete who impressed in Lee Valley on Sunday was sprint hurdler Daniel Goriola. The 17 year old, now in his first year as an U20 athlete (he turns 18 in March), came through with a win over the 60m hurdles final. His time of 7.90 was just 1/100th off his indoor PB set over the U20 hurdles, aged just 16, last February. To start the 2023 season in this fashion bodes well for the young man, and despite his age, Goriola is already looking like a big unit of an athlete, tall, powerful, but also with good technique over the barriers. He kind of reminds me of Tony Jarrett in terms of style and if he is anywhere close as good as Jarrett was during his career, he'll have been doing something very right!

      Earlier during the heats, Goriola was pipped to the line by fellow 17 year old Jaiden Dean, last year's English Schools champion over the U17 100m hurdles. Dean won that heat in 7.98, an instant PB as this was his first ever race, indoors or out, over the U20 regulation hurdles! However, the UK U17 60m hurdle record holder (7.76 when triumphing at the English Age Group Indoor Champs last winter), couldn't continue the form in the same final after clouting the first hurdle put him off balance and a step behind Goriola, before another hurdle hit took him completely out of contention.

      But despite this, I can see a bright few months for Dean, and especially Goriola, as the season progresses.
      Goriola's transition to the U20 hurdles continues to go smoothly, as he wins the London Games 60m hurdles in a new PB of 7.86 earlier today.

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      • #23
        Hmm, perhaps there is another U20 athlete to keep an eye on. Oreofeoluwa Adepegba. The 18 year old Newham & Essex Beagle long jumper came from a multi event background as an U17 and has a serviceable HJ (PB 1.95m), but since 2021 it appears that Adepegba has turned his full attention to the LJ. Indeed, 2021 was the year he set his long jump PB of 7.30m, while also going on to a silver medal at the English Athletics U20 Championships in Bedford and winning the English Schools title too (7.23m), when still aged 16. Last year, he added the England Athletics Age Group (U15/U17/U20) Indoor Championships long jump title (7.30m) in just his 2nd ever indoor contest. However, 2022 turned out to be quite a frustrating one for him, as he missed large chunks of the summer season and only competed sparingly, probably due to injury.

        This past Sunday though, Adepegba opened this new year with victory at the Cardiff Met Grand Prix, and did so with a outright PB, indoors and out, of 7.39m, beating a field mostly consisting of U23s considerably older than than he was. That distance puts him up in the top 10 U20s in the world so far in this early season, and if he can keep this form up the rest of the winter and onwards to summer, perhaps he has a chance of getting a spot represent GB&NI at the European U20s later in the year. ​

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        • Occasional Hope
          Occasional Hope commented
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          Perhaps also worth note, u17 D'mitri Varlack set a substantial pb of 7.24 the week before. I know there was some thought he might end up competing for another country.

        • RunUnlimited
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          @Occasional Hope

          I was actually going to include Varlack's jump in my comment on Adepegba, but when I saw his World Athletics profile page stating the country he competes for is the British Virgin Islands, I held off. The thing is, last year having won the long jump at the U15/U17 Championships in Bedford, Varlack was interviewed by the English Athletics website, and stated his desire to qualify for nest year's (this year's) European U18 (I believe he meant the Euro U20s). https://www.englandathletics.org/ath...ay-2-report-2/ You can see it on this link.

          If he's saying that, then he's obviously going to be competing for a GB vest.... I guess we'll find out more on his situation of allegiance as the year goes on. He is a talent worth following certainly.

      • #24
        Yusuf Bizimana looks like one to watch out for this year. He's actually already had a very solid career at Texas in the US, making NCAA finals indoor and out in both the past two years, with 4th in the Indoor 800m in 2022 his best result. However, his PB has been stuck in the 1:46s for a while, and it's clear that his coaches have identified a lack of speed as an issue. Cue impressive runs of 48.22i over 400m and 1:15.79 over 600m on the same day this past weekend, the latter putting him second on the UK indoor all time rankings ahead of a number of 1:45 or better guys. I'm expecting something quick over 4 laps indoors soon.

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