Just a short post this week regarding an outstanding performance by Pippa at the English Schools Champs last weekend, plus some comments about age and performance...
After winning the u15 School's girls title over 75mH last year Pippa won the 80m event in her first year at the distance. Ranked fourth on time going into the event she clocked 11.49 seconds into a minus 3.6 wind in the final (in the heats she ran 11.42 into a minus 1.4). Both heat and final runs were Pbs. Obviously with a plus wind or even no wind a faster time is on the cards. Pippa for those of you that follow her is a multi-eventer.
I managed to watch quite a bit of the European Champs from Amsterdam on Eurosport and enjoyed the coverage and the performances. It was a shame that hidden behind the European Football Champs and Wimbledon and the Tour de France this event seems to have gone very much unnoticed. There were some very good performances by Europeans across most events and GB topped the medal tables.
Greg Rutherford jumped 8.25m to reclaim his LJ title and looks good for Rio and the men's 4x100m time, got the baton round very quickly (just over 38-sec) and if they can do that in Rio... who knows, although they'll need to go quicker, but with three, possibly four sub-10 guys in the team, they have the fire power.
Jonathan Edwards commented on the winer of the triple jump Germany's Max Hess. The 19-year-old jumped 17.20m, At the same age Jonathan said he had only jumped 15m odd, yet as you know, he went onto win numerous titles and still holds the WR. So being a star at a young age does not necessarily make for success at an older age. Numerous athletes get disappointed by performances at the English Schools, but what matters more is that they learn from their performances and go onto improve and who knows win an Olympic title many years later as Jonathan did - and enjoy their athletics! And those that do well need to keep perspective and realise that being a senior is a whole different world and that success is harder to find and that medals win but the ones that really matter.