UK Deaf Athletics pick up bronze in the 200m European Deaf Athletics Final

As well as Glasgow sprinter John’s Bronze medal there was also a lot of personal achievements for the young Brits.

– Mitchell Graham came 6th in 100m heat in a close race.
– John Ruddy also made the final of the 100m after coming second in his heat finishing a credible 6th in final.
– Asnath Losala finished 5th in her 100m heat
– Candy Hawkins finished 6th in 10k final on a very warm day and she did well to keep going despite an injured ankle.
– Jacob Hine unfortunately succumbed to the heat in his 10k and sensibly stopped to save himself for the 5k final

Rod Wilkinson UKDA team manager said “it was a tough day but all have another event and good experience was gained on the first day” he added “things got much better as the championships developed and our athletes competed in their second events with a number of excellent performances on Day 2”:
Jonny Wilkinson came 9th in a very competitive 1500m: and Beth Sewell threw over 40m in the Hammer to claim 5th place behind Trude Raad of Norway who threw a championship record 63.03m

On Day 3
– Candy Hawkins finished 5th in another sweltering 5k final.
– Jacob Hine suffered after his efforts in the 10k to finish 12th in the 5k.
– Jonny Wilkinson had a personal best in same 5k knocking 6 seconds off his previous.
– Asnath Losala also had a personal best in the long jump, jumping 4.80m and finished in 5th place in the Triple Jump final.
– Mitchell Graham qualified for the semi-finals of the 200m but missed out on a place in the final.
But the story has to be John Ruddy and his terrific bronze medal in the 200m final. John won his heat with a time of 22.60 making him the fastest qualifier for the semi-finals.
In the semi John won the heat with an improved time of 22.20 to secure his place in the final and again record the fastest time in the semi-finals.
In the final John had his work cut out as he would face 100m winner Mykola Nosenko of the Ukraine, and indeed the Ukrainian sprinter showed his class to win the 200m but the difference between Silver and Bronze was marginal with John missing out by 0.02 seconds to Russian sprinter Ilia Aksenov.
John is looking in good shape and is looking forward to cementing his place in the Deaflympics in 2017.

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