Hercules Wimbledon AC: Cowan selected for European championships

BY TOM POLLAK

Dwayne Cowan, has been selected to compete for Britain in next month’s European championships in Berlin after an impressive 400m victory at the Anniversary Games.

The Peckham man produced his win just 24 hours before selectors met to choose the team.

In addition Cowan is also in the squad for the 4x400m relay.

Running in the difficult sixth lane, Cowan was the fastest of the nine competitors out of the blocks and came powering through in the final straight to clock 45.65 seconds, his fastest time of the year and just shy of his lifetime best of 45.34 set when winning at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Birmingham last August.

He finished just ahead of his British rival and reigning European 400m champion Martyn Rooney, of Croydon, who was second in 46.11.

Cowan, 33, said: “I’ve been injured all season, so hopefully I can finish the year off strongly. I love this stadium – I always run fast here.”

Another Hercules Wimbledon runner in action at the Anniversary Games was teenager Chad Miller. Fresh from competing in the IAAF World Junior Championships in Finland, the England U20 100m champion ran the second leg for the British junior 4x100m relay team which finished sixth in a swift 39.49.

Teenager Harris Mier posted a PB when he led a Hercules Wimbledon clean sweep in the Wimbledon Common 5km parkrun on Saturday. Mier crossed the line in 16:37.

He finished well clear of  club-mates Henry Silverstein (17:05), Matt De Freitas (17:21) and Adam Harwood fifth (17:53). Lisa Thomas finished third in womens.

Robbie Hynes headed home a 392-strong field in Burgess Park in 16:19, winning by 27 seconds. Joe Toomey and Rob Tuer were second and fifth out of 491 runners on Clapham Common in 17:07 and 17:53, respectively.

The next generation of Hercules Wimbledon sprinters showed promising form in their final Youth Development League Lower Age Group meeting at Linford Christie Stadium on Saturday.

Zipporah Golding posted her best 100m time of the season in finishing third in her U15 race in 12.6 and then was second in the 200m in 26.8. Dhanisha Banee and Tara Bartlett won the 100m and 200m B races.

They then linked up with Laeticia Etse to win the sprint relay in a club record time of 51.6. Golding was also second in the shot while Ellen Weir and Alex Baccardax took the 1500m A and B races.

Freddie Arkell was Hercules Wimbledon’s only boys’ U15 individual winner, taking the long jump by 70 centimetres with a winning leap of 5.23 metres.

Mabel-Rose Scales faces the biggest competition of her young life this weekend when she represents Surrey in the high jump in the annual U13 inter-counties match at Kingston on Saturday.

She was selected after winning the Surrey title at the same venue in May. She warmed  up for  Saturday’s match by winning the high jump at the Linford Christie Stadium and finishing second in the 150 metres.


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