Team Bath athlete Loren Bleaken won her first medal on the world stage at the World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon on Sunday.
Bleaken, coached by Malcolm Arnold, landed a superb silver medal in the 4x400m relay in a strong British quartet that pushed the USA close, but finished second. Their time of 3:32.00 was the second fastest by a British junior women’s team.
In the final event of the championships fellow Bath athlete Elliot Rutter, coached by Dan Cossins, just missed out on a medal in the men’s 4x400m relay with the team finishing fourth in the final in 3:06.42.
The University of Bath based athlete also competed in the 400m earlier on in the week, finishing fourth in the semi-final in a time of 46.93, just missing out on a fastest loser spot for the final.
There was disappointment for University of Bath student Jacob Paul who was unable to make it past the semi-finals of the men’s 400m hurdles. Paul, a Sport and Social Sciences student and Santander scholar, picked up a foot injury during his semi-final race and crossed the line in seventh in 54.36.