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Sussex Record for Anning, Mullet fourth, YDLg

Competing for the England Schools team in the 15th Jean Humbert Memorial ISF World Schools Athletics Championships at Nancy, France Amber Anning (Brighton & Hove) romped to a convincing victory in the U17 400 metres.

Run as a straight final Anning smashed the Sussex U17 and U20 records with a brilliant 54.23s beating the thirteen year old records set by fellow Brighton & Hove athlete Gaby Howell of 54.7s.

Anning, is believed to be the first ever Sussex winner at these championships, will now turn her attention to the triple jump tomorrow.

Medals Galore at the Palace

Sussex athletes scooped a handful of medals in the Southern Counties Track championships at the Crystal Palace over the weekend including three gold medals and a Sussex record in the U20 events.

The record came in the javelin throw where Lewes’s Scot Staples, the talented County champion pulled out a brilliant effort of 59.68m which added just ten centimetres to Worthing’s Simon Kearney’s fifteen year old County record.

The other two titles went to U17 athletes who were competing up an age group.

Sussex Schools clash with Southern Championships

It is from this event that the bulk of the 60 strong Sussex team for the All England Schools championships at Birmingham in July will be selected. Every one of that team will be expected to have achieved a pretty tough standard and competed well on Saturday.

Unfortunately the untimely clash with the South of England U20 championships at the Crystal Palace this weekend will rob the Sussex event of most of the leading contenders in the Senior (U19) group.

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