Hercules Wimbledon AC: Cowan helps GB qualify for World Championships – Ryan Facey wins first Surrey title

BY TOM POLLAK

Dwayne Cowan helping the British 4x400m relay team qualify for the IAAF World Championships in September.

Cowan, Britain’s second-fastest 400m runner in 2019, ran the second leg for the team which finished fifth in the IAAF World Relay Championships in Yokohama, Japan, to clinch an automatic place in the Doha line-up.

Sprinter Ryan Facey, 20, lifted his first Surrey title when he stormed to victory in the senior men’s 100m at the Surrey County Championships.

Just 16 months after making his sprinting debut with the club, he stormed to victory in the 100m final in a lifetime best of 10.78.

It improved on his 10.84, set at the England U20 championships in Bedford last July.

He bounced back after suffering heartbreak on Saturday – losing out in the 200m by nothing more than a hairsbreadth. He was second-fastest of the eight qualifiers from the heats (22.51) to take half-a-second off his PB for the distance.

In the final he was just pipped to the line, although the photo-finish team could not split their times and they were both given 22.05.

All-rounder Mark Andrews picked up two gold medals, winning the senior high jump and triple jump and silver in the 400m hurdles, He was also fourth in the 110m hurdles and fifth in the discus.

Mabel-Rose Scales, 12, retained her girls U13 high jump title with a leap of 1.50m, 15 centimetres ahead of the silver medallist.

Sean Hall, the 2017 champion, having his first race for two seasons following injury, just missed out on a medal in the 800m final where he was fourth. Fred Slemeck took silver in the 5,000m to upgrade the bronze medal he won when he last ran in the track championships in 2017. Jonny Earl was fourth.

Tom Drayton took the silver medal in the U20 men’s 3,000m on his Surrey championships debut. Ellen Weir raced to the silver medal in the women’s U17 3000m.

Ross Franks, making his Surrey debut, took the 1,500m bronze medal. Jenny Steinitz was third in the senior women’s long jump and fourth in the 100m hurdles.

Teenage sprinter Emmanuel Adetu edged out club-mate Efe Peters to take the bronze medal in the boys U15 100m final after only just qualifying for the final as the eighth fastest in the heats. Peters, who was the second fastest qualifier winning his heat in 12.24, finished fourth in the final in 12.08. They reversed their finishing positions in Sunday’s 200m, where Peters took bronze with Adetu in sixth place.

Shawn Bel raced to a bronze medal in the U13 100m final.

Sam Hitchings took fourth place in the hammer as did Jaleel Roper in the U17 200m.

Celeste Jore Minkwe was fourth in the U13 girls long jump while Georgie Clarke was fifth in the U17 women’s 1,500m final. Rebekah Riches and Selma Hegvold were fifth and sixth in the U17 800m final. Dhanisha Banee was fourth in the U17 200m final and sixth in the 100m. Leah Syme was fourth in the U17 women’s high jump.

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