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Henry’s tremendous act of sportsmanshipFebruary 4th, 2020
A tremendous act of sportsmanship from 13-year-old Henry lit up Welsh Athletics’ Welsh Indoor Junior Championships in Cardiff.
Students at Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools excelled, winning an individual gold medal and two silvers at National Indoor Athletics Centre last weekend.
It was another strong performance after Monmouth School for Boys’ duo Aharon and Harry had previously won a gold and two silvers respectively in junior events at the Welsh Athletics Indoor Senior Track and Field Championships.
And Henry, who ran for Newport Harriers, should be applauded after achieving a new personal best time of 10:08.32 in the Under-15 Boys’ 3000m race.
An error from a track official, who rang the bell one lap too early, however, saw the leading runner, at that stage, from Maldwyn Harriers, finish the race.
Henry, who had kept count of the laps, knew there was still one more remaining and carried on, eventually crossing the line first, 33 seconds quicker than his time in the race last year.
The Monmouth student insisted that the Maldwyn Harriers runner should still be awarded the gold medal and he took the silver.
Aharon, aged 13, maintained his fine form and reached new heights in the Under-15 Boys’ pole vault with a personal best of 2.90m to win the title on countback.
Aharon’s main rival from Swansea Harriers cleared the same height as him but had more failed attempts at lower heights.
Aharon, representing Cardiff Amateur Athletic Club, also ran a new personal best in his Under-15 Boys’ 200m heat in 25.67s and qualified for the semi-finals.
Unfortunately, he missed out on a place in the final by a mere 0.83 of a second.
He also came eighth in the Under-15 Boys’ high Jump with a clearance of 1.38m, just 2cm short of his previous personal best.
Harry, representing Newport Harriers, finished second in the Under-15 Boys’ 1500m, again to his older team mate, Leo Stark.
On this occasion, however, there was less than a second between them with 13-year-old Harry finishing in 4:40.13, eight seconds quicker than his previous personal best from August last year.
Harry’s sister, 15-year-old Antonia, who represented Newport Harriers, had her first outing at 400m in the Under-20 Women’s category.
The Monmouth School for Girls’ pupil was pleased with her time of 62.19s as she came ninth out of 12, beating three under-20s, including two from Millfield School.
Fifteen-year-old Rhys, also representing Newport Harriers, ran a year young in the Under-17 Boys’ 1500m and achieved a new personal best of 4:47.87.