Sprinters Joel Fearon, Sophie Kamlish and Polly Maton race into record books at English Champs

02 August 2016

Joel Fearon, an athlete with the University of Bath-based Great Britain Bobsleigh squad, ran the joint third-fastest 100m ever by a Briton at the English Athletics Championships. 

And fellow sprinters Sophie Kamlish and Polly Maton celebrated their ParalympicsGB selections for Rio 2016 by smashing their personal bests in Bedford.

Fearon, part of the four-man bobsleigh team that finished fifth at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, ran 9.96 for victory on Saturday – the fastest time this year by a British athlete and only bettered by Linford Christie and James Dasaolu on the all-time rankings list.

Andy Robertson, part of Dan Cossins’ training group at the Sports Training Village, was runner-up in 10.15, his fastest time of the season.

Kamlish, coached by Rob Ellchuk, continued to impress in the build-up to next month’s Paralympic Games as she reduced her T44 100m national record to 13.26 – nine-hundredths of a second faster than she went at the Muller Anniversary Games in London a week earlier.

The same multi-classification race saw T46 sprinter Maton, coached by Colin Baross, reduce her 100m personal best to 12.77 and move up to third-fastest in the world this year. She will make her Paralympic Games debut next month.

Jack Houghton and Jacob Paul, who both graduated from the University of Bath this summer, were second and third respectively in the men’s 400m hurdles behind Richard Yates. They are coached by Colin Bovell.

Four University of Bath-based athletes have flown out to Team GB’s training camp in Belo Horizonte as they make their final preparations for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Emily Diamond (400m), Eilidh Doyle (400m hurdles), Andrew Pozzi (110m hurdles) and Jazmin Sawyers (long jump) are all British Champions in their respective events. The athletics competition runs from August 12-21.

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