Sally Peake was delighted to be crowned British pole vault champion at the weekend as she looks to build on her Commonwealth silver medal from last summer.

Peake, from Hawarden in Flintshire, won the women’s pole vault at the British Indoor Championships in Sheffield on Saturday, improving on her bronze medal from last year.

And on a successful weekend for Welsh athletes, Rachel Johncock was also on the podium after claiming an excellent silver in the 60 metres with the best performance of her young career so far.

Action Images / Steven PastonGreat Britain's Rachel Johncock during the Women's 60m semi-final.
Great Britain’s Rachel Johncock during the Women’s 60m semi-final.

Peake vaulted a season’s best 4.25 metres to finish well clear of second-placed Abigail Roberts on day one of the championships at Sheffield’s English Institute of Sport.

The 29-year-old, a former pupil at Hawarden High School, said: “It feels really good to become the British champion.

“I’ve been working on a few things in training since the Commonwealths and trying to build them up during competition and it was a bit better, so we are getting there.”

Johncock, from Dolwyddelan in the Conwy Valley, clocked a new Welsh 60m record and a personal best time of 7.33 seconds to take second in the final behind the favourite Dina Asher-Smith.

The 21-year-old, a former member of Colwyn Bay Athletic Club, posted on social networking site Facebook: “Very happy to have won my first senior medal at the British Championships today! Silver with a new PB and a Welsh Record! A good days work.”

Adele Nicoll, from Welshpool, set a new Welsh under-20 record of 14.87 metres when she finished fifth in the women’s shot put in her first senior championships.

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The 18-year-old had targeted a place in the top eight prior to the event.

Deeside’s Shannon Malone was first U20 in the 60m in 7.60, also a PB.

Owen Smith, from Sychdyn near Mold, qualified from his 400m heat in a time of 47.83 seconds, but had to withdraw from the semi-finals as a precaution after suffering a pain down the back of his leg.

The 20-year-old former Deeside AC athlete withdrew on the advice of his coach and the Welsh Athletics physio, and is due to have a scan on the leg.

Cardiff’s David Omoregie claimed silver in the men’s 60m hurdles final behindLondon 2012 Olympian Lawrence Clarke, who took the win in 7.69s.

 

From: http://www.dailypost.co.uk/sport/other-sport/athletics/flintshires-sally-peake-crowned-british-8661270

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