European Youth Olympic Festival, Charlety Stadium, Paris, France, 28-31 July 2003
a=28th, b=29th, c=30th, d=31st.
It's been a remarkable few days for Wade Bennett-Jackson who only turned 16 last February. He had already set some remarkable personal records this season and competed with distinction in the AAA Under 20 Championships. But surely not even he could have dreamed of what he would achieve in the 7th edition of the European Youth Olympics Festival, held at the Charlety Stadium, Paris.
the opening day Wade stormed to an amazing 10.49 in the 100 metres to
win his heat by a street and move to 5th on the UK all-time list as an
Under 17. Now marked out as
the favourite, he progressed through the semi-finals with another win,
in 10.54, and duly went on to claim the gold medal.
Our club record before this onslaught had stood to James
Ellington with 10.69.
But Wade’s “purple patch” was far from over. A championship best of 21.51 came in his opening run in the 200 metres (11th best all-time) and later in the day he reduced this to 21.46 in the semi-finals (=10th). On the last day of the Games, yet another championship best fell to our young Belgravian as he clocked 21.38 for his second gold medal and became the 7th fastest ever Briton for his age. Of course it was another Belgrave record.
As Wade later said: “This has been my best ever week in athletics. I am chuffed to have come to an event like this and finished the 200 in that time. I have been preparing well all week and am really pleased to come away with two Gold medals and a Games record.”
And while Wade was grabbing the headlines, let's not forget two great runs from Amala Onuora - a previous "Young Belgravian of the Year" and fine supporter of our women's teams as she reached the semi-final stage of the women's 200 metres and ran second stage in the sprint relay.
100m: b (-0.4) 1 Wade Bennett-Jackson 10.70 (1s2 a 10.54/-0.3, 1h2 10.49/-0.4); 2 B.Sunier (SUI) 10.82; 3 P.Strandquist (SWE) 10.89.
200m: d (1.1) 1 Wade Bennett-Jackson 21.38 (1s1 c 21.46/0.6, 1h3 21.51/1.2); 2 D.Gunev (BUL) 21.64; 3 J.Lopez (ESP) 21.84.
200m: c 6s2 Amala Onuora 25.46/0.2 (4h1 25.20/-1.5).
2h1 GBR (Holdsworth, Amala Onuora, Garavand, MacDermott) 47.71.