Pole vault records fall at English Schools

A total of 93 Olympians at the 2016 Games in Brazil began their road to Rio at the English Schools Championships – in either track and field or cross country – when they were teenagers.

These included athletes such as Mo Farah, Greg Rutherford and Sophie Hitchon, but also triathletes Alistair and Jonny Brownlee, hockey gold medallists Maddie Hinch and Lily Owsley and rowing champion Helen Glover.

Some English Schools gold medallists from yesteryear even went on to compete for other countries at the Olympics last year, such as New Zealand middle-distance runner Nikki Hamblin and Zambian sprinter Gerald Phiri.

Since it was first staged at Crystal Palace back in 1925, the English Schools Championships has been a springboard for future success. But who from the class of 2017 will ultimately make the grade as a senior?

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