Relay success for Bleaken at World Juniors

28 July 2014

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.

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