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PUBLISHED: 17:41 25 June 2008 | UPDATED: 12:15 11 August 2010

HAVERING MAYESBROOK S Bonne Buwembo confirmed his status as Britain s top under-20 javelin thrower this year when he added the England athletics javelin title at Bedford to his ever-growing list of successes, including last week s South of England gold.

HAVERING MAYESBROOK'S Bonne Buwembo confirmed his status as Britain's top under-20 javelin thrower this year when he added the England athletics javelin title at Bedford to his ever-growing list of successes, including last week's South of England gold.

He led the competition from the outset and capped the performance with a final round throw of 65.73m - which was five metres further than the opposition's best efforts.

It falls just short of UK Athletics' standard of 69.00m for selection for the World Junior Championships which take place in Poland in two weeks.

Emma Christmas won her first major medal when she claimed under-23 javelin bronze with her second round 41.96m throw - just below her week-old best, and an excellent performance in the gale force winds which did their best to wreck Sunday's events.

Ross Clarke improved his 5000m PB to 14.48.69s when placing a fine sixth in the under-23 championship, a nine-second improvement on his best and the fastest by a club athlete for over 15 years.

Also in Bedford action were Nicola Hill, who shrugged off a bug to qualify for the under-20 400m hurdles final. However, the time of 1.05.79 was well down on her best and she decided not to return for Sunday's final to aid her recovery before the English Schools' Championships on 11-12 July.

Anthony Williams had to cope with Sunday's windy conditions, running a wind-assisted 15.23 in his under-20 100m hurdles heat. Luke Stott also went out in the heats of the under-23 100m and 200m.

At the Veterans' International in Ashford on Saturday Mat Bland proved that waiting pays off on when he won his first Great Britain vest after 24 years in the sport.

He ran for GB Masters B team in the Interland which is a triangular International Match involving France, Belgium and GB, where the hosts field A and B teams.

A tactical race, run in mild but windy conditions, went to form and Bland finished seventh in 4.16.48 behind Hassane Zouhal from France with 4.05.19.

n DAGENHAM 88 runner Alex Mullett completed the 500-strong North Downs 30K recently in impressive fashion. The demanding race has been staged for 25 years and only 378 competitors finished this time round, but Mullett came home in three hours 40 minutes and six seconds in 338th place. The winning time was one hour 57 minutes.

n THE Borough Primary Schools' Athletics event takes place today (Wednesday) at the Mayesbrook Park Arena.

Some 25 schools from the area will take part in the competition which runs from 9.30am until 3pm.


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