SOUTHAMPTON AC sprint prospect Oliver Bromby has a second major title in his sights after striking 100 metres gold at the weekend’s Saucony Hampshire Track & Field Championships.
The 16-year-old from Shirley was crowned under-17 200m king at the England Indoor Championships at Sheffield in March having been disqualified for a false start in the semi-finals of his preferred 60m event.
A clash with his summer holiday means Bromby will miss the outdoor nationals later this year, but that won’t stop him pushing for another podium finish at the English Schools’ Championships in Birmingham on July 11/12.
Bromby, who has two weeks left at Upper Shirley High School before heading to nearby Taunton’s College, had mixed feelings about his weekend’s work at Portsmouth’s Mountbatten Centre.
On Saturday he finished second to Basingstoke speed machine Owen Richardson (21.8) in the county 200m final with a manually timed 22.2 seconds.
Twenty-four hours later, he stormed back with a vengeance, equalling his own championship best time of 10.73 in the heats of the 100m before dropping off slightly to win the final in 10.88.
“I was disappointed with the 200m and I tried to make up for it today with a new record in the 100m,” he explained. “I was pleased with the heat, but I ran faster in that than I did in the final when it was less windy. The 10.73 wasn’t legal because I had a tail wind pushing me on.”
Although Bromby went into the weekend ranked second nationally for the 200m (21.8) and third nationally for the 100m (10.8), it’s the shorter distance he wants to concentrate on in the short-term.
He won inter boys’ 100m silver at last year’s English Schools and would love to equal or better that this time round.
“I want to stick with the 100m because I’m not strong enough for the 200m yet. I need to work on my training,” he explained.
“If I can finish top-two at English Schools I can hopefully run for England again (in the Schools’ International) like I did in Dublin last year when I came fourth.” Richardson, son of former Reading and Basingstoke Town footballer Steve, also romped to 400m success in 49.62.
His older brother Myles was equally dominant in the under-20 men’s sprints, pulling off a 100m (11.09)/200m (22.61) double.
It was a memorable weekend for Southampton AC’s Reiss Jarvis in the under-15 boys’ sprints.
Having edged a thrilling battle with Winchester & District’s Daniel Stoller to claim the 200m crown in 24.2, he led a Southampton one-two-three over 300m, clocking 38.61. Teammates Lynden Olowe and Ben Upfold took silver and bronze in 40.07 and 40.09 respectively.
There was an even tighter finish in the under-15 100m final with Winchester’s Stoller denying Southampton’s Samuel Bridges by the thickness of a vest. Both athletes clocked 11.91, with Southampton’s Sam Jones (12.21) pocketing bronze.
The familiar face of Kieran Showler-Davis spearheaded the senior men’s 200m charge in a manually timed 22.3 seconds. It means the Winchester-based sprinter, a member of Basingstoke & Mid-Hants AC, now has a full set of age-group titles to his name. Southampton’s Jonathan Slade won the senior men’s 400m (48.59) and the under-17 men’s 3,000m final produced another victory for the red-and-white stripes with Mahamed Mahamed leading the way in 8.57.76.
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