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Double Gold for Baptiste at Manchester

Crawley’s Kim Baptiste achieved a double gold medal in the English Championships, which incorporated the Inter-county Championships, at a wet and windy Manchester over the weekend.

The Crawley sprinter is certainly enjoying a purple patch at the moment and were it not for excessive winds she would have again improved the Sussex 100m record.

Baptiste eased through her 100 and 200 metres heats before cruising to impressive wins clocking a windy 11.35s for the 100 metres title and 23.40s for the 200 metre crown.

Rodger fastest in 400m hurdles heats.

Seb Rodger from Eastbourne will go in to the final of the 400m hurdles at the UK championships a Trials at Birmingham as the fastest qualifier.

Both his main rivals for the title also won their heats in fast times with Jack Green (Kent) clocking 50.68s and Dai Green (Swansea) 51.14s compared to Rodger’s 50.56s. All three will be hoping to crack the 50sec barrier in what could be a very close battle for the title and a place in the UK team for the European Championships in August.

A Clutch of Medals for Sussex at Bedford

Sussex athletes collected a clutch of medals at the South of England championships at Bedford over the weekend including a quartet of golds in the U20 age group.

Pride of place went to Worthing’s Ben Hawkes, who already holds the U17 Sussex Hammer record. Hawkes smashed Mick Jones thirty eight year old U20 record by some four metres with a magnificent throw of 71.55m his Gold.

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