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Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers' Richard Horton wins world under-23 title
10:00am Friday 23rd August 2013 in Sport
Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers have another world champion after Richard Horton won a multisports Under-23 World Championships in Ottawa, Canada.
Horton lead from start to finish with a winning time of 53.55, beating Dane Peter Ostergaard by 51 seconds.
Horton completed the 5km run in 14.35, the 20km bike ride in 29.59 and the 2.5km run in 7.56.
Speaking afterwards, Horton said: “It was an awesome experience with the GB team here in Ottawa. I wanted to make the race hard from the off and it became a real war of attrition played out at super fast speeds.
“I’m so proud to be part of a four medal-winning elite GB team and to be heading home a world champion once more.”
Robbie Lightowler won his second national title in as many weeks, his good form continuing when he won the British Aquathlon Youth National Championship.
The event, held near Tamworth, comprised a 400m open water swim followed by a 2.5km run.
On the swim Lightowler emerged third in a time of 4.55, which put him 12 seconds behind the lead swimmer.
However, a fast transition narrowed the gap to just four seconds and within 150m of the run course he had taken the lead.
With four Great Britain internationals in pursuit, Lightowler had his work cut out to maintain the advantage.
The chasing group worked hard to close the gap but with Lightowler recording the second fastest run time of the day in a time of 8.03, their effort proved futile as the Shaftesbury Barnet competitor took the title with an overall time of 14.06.
Double bronze medals were won by Edwin Yamoah who competed for Great Britain and Northern Ireland in the World Transplant Games in Durban, South Africa.
Yamoah came second in his heat of the 100m with a time of 11.93 and went on to run a personal best in the final, posting a time of 11.91 for his first bronze.
In his 200m heat, Yamoah won in a personal best time of 24.75 and lined up in the final the next day, finishing a close fourth in 24.85.
Yamoah was also selected to run the second leg of the 4x100m relay, which finished fourth in the final, and the second leg of the 4x400m team which collected bronze medals for their third place in the final.
Nick Percy became triple Scottish Champion in the Scottish Athletics Under-16/Under-20 Championships which took place in Aberdeen last weekend.
Percy won the shot put 4kg (16.22m), discus 1.75kg (57.86m) and hammer 1.75kg (65.72m).
In the British Athletics Jumps & Throws Festival in Bedford, there were wins for Gregor MaClean in the Under-23 pole vault, Zane Duquemin in the Under-23 shot put, Neville Thompson in the V55 discus and Jade Lally in the discus.
The South of England Championships also took place in Ashford at the weekend, with Callum Scutt winning bronze in the long jump after leaping to a distance of 6.11m.
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