Competing in the high jump at the Welsh Senior Open inc the SW Championships at Cardiff Exeter Harrier Jamie Anderson unexpectedly found himself in the mix of athletes attempting Olympic standard qualification. Anderson, in his first indoor competition, cleared 1.85, just 2cm off his lifetime best, for silver in the SW Champs and 7th overall, and with the top two jumpers clearing 2.26 (European qualification) and spurred on to go for Olympic qualification of 2.29 the atmosphere was electric. Both were close to achieving the height, and all credit to Anderson’s performance in a field full of experience.
Day 2 of the Junior SW Indoor Championships in Cardiff saw Katie Chapman add another two medals to the two golds she won on Day 1 in December, with gold and a new lifetime best in the U13 shot putt with 9.69, and bronze in the hurdles in 10.35. Abbie Freeman claimed silver in the shot putt behind Chapman with 6.41 and Rebecca Squires put everything into her 60m sprint to win gold in 8.64, fractionally in front of Lydia Smith from Taunton who clocked 8.66. Theodore Jackson Clist earned a bronze in the U13 long jump with 5.09, Lynne Robertson ran well for silver in the U15 60 hurdles in 10.14 and Runa Manby claimed bronze in the U15 1500m with 5:16.72.