|David Bolarinwa (centre) wins his third consecutive |
England Under-20 100 metres title
David Bolarinwa (18) became under-20 100m champion for the third successive year - a feat achieved in the pst only by the likes of Dwain Chambers - and Kieran Daly (19) ripped up his personal best as he switched to overdrive in the under-23 championship.
It was never going to be an easy job for David with a number of highly capable juniors gathering pace behind his dominance of the event in recent years, but they were held off in the final as David clocked 10.40s to strike gold again.
Meanwhile, training partner Kieran Daly had designs on reaching his first ever national final at any level. The heat saw him clock a lifetime best of 10.78s into a slight headwind - four hundredths faster than ever before. But then came two sensational sprints.
In the semi-final, despite being drawn in the outside lane, he shot up the straight to finish fourth in 10.58s, marking an improvement on the day of almost two-and-a-half tenths of a second - a phenomenal achievement at that sort of level.
Drawn in a slightly better lane 2 for his first ever national championship final, Kieran proved his new mark was no fluke by clocking 10.62s in fifth place.
"Kieran is the most unassuming, quiet lad, you will meet," said coach John Powell. "He beavers away in training and his hard work is now paying him dividends, and that's great to see."
Trackspeed1 enter day two of the championships today (Sunday 17th) with David Bolarinwa going head to head with new 100m wonder kid Adam Gemilli in the 200m, while Edmond Amaning will be looking to break into his first national final and make an impression in the same event.
|David Bolarinwa is interviewed by Sky Sports News after his 100m victory|