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Personal best points haul at World Championships for Shaftesbury Barnet Harrier Willem Coertzen
6:07pm Wednesday 14th August 2013 in Sport
Willem Coertzen recorded a new personal best points haul at the World Championships in Moscow, Russia, finishing ninth overall in the decathlon.
On the opening day of the championships Coertzen – who joined Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers in 2006 – began his decathlon quest.
Finishing in an impressing ninth place, these were South African Coertzen’s third World Championships and his total points haul of 8343 comfortably beat his previous record – set in Port Elizabeth in 2012 – by 99 points, setting a new club record in the process.
On the first day, Coertzen won the 400m, setting a personal best of 48.42 in the process, finished second in the 100m, third in the long jump, fourth in the high jump with another personal best of 2.05m and sixth in the shot put.
At the end of the first day, Coertzen lay eighth in the rankings.
Day two saw the South African continue to impress, winning his heat of the hurdles as well as recording second-place finishes in both the javelin and 1500m.
Finishing seventh in his pool of the pole vault competition and fourth in the discuss meant that Coertzen eventually took ninth overall.
Competing in the 400m hurdles was Seb Rodger, who finished fifth in his heat with an identical time as the fourth-place finisher (49.66). With the first four qualifying automatically, Rodger qualified for the semi-final as the fastest of the fastest losers.
In the semi-final, Rodger finished sixth in the first heat with a time of 49.32.
The first two from each of the three heats qualified for the final, along with the two fastest remaining times, but Rodgers fell outside of those times.
Shaftesbury also enjoyed success at the Scottish Championships in Glasgow, winning five gold medals, two silvers and two bronzes.
Nick Percy recorded a new club record in the discus with a distance of 55.84m, just two centimetres behind the British best by an Under-20.
There were also gold medals for Scott Allan (110m hurdles), Allan Smith (high jump), John Carr (long jump) and Nony Mordi (triple jump). Amy Campbell (1500m) and Angus McInroy (discus) both won silver, while Chris Bennett (hammer) and Rachel Hunter (Under-23 hammer) scooped bronze.
Shaftesbury excelled at the South of England Inter County Championships which took place at Allianz Park on Sunday, with gold medals coming from Sabrina Bakare (Under-20 100m), Gregory Thompson (Under-20 discus) and Louisa James (Under-20 hammer). Dean Oamen (Under-20 triple jump) took silver, while Michael Callegari (Under-20 800m) and Yasmin Lakin (Under-20 triple jump) scooped bronze.
At the South West Inter County Championships, held in Exeter on Sunday, there was further success as Adam Carpenter (Under-23 pole vault) and Andrew Elkins (Under-23 hammer) both went home with gold. Elkins also finished fourth in the javelin with a personal best of 53.93m.
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