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Three athletes shine in Welsh Junior OpenJanuary 6th, 2020
Three Monmouth students have clinched medals at the second day of the Welsh Athletics Indoor Junior Open in Cardiff.
Aharon had a memorable day, winning a gold and two silver medals, while Henry also scooped a gold, and Harry picked up a silver.
All three athletes are pupils at Monmouth School for Boys and it follows on from Aharon’s success, in which he won gold, silver and bronze medals, during the first day of the junior open last year.
Last weekend’s event at the National Indoor Athletics Centre included the Regional Championships for East Wales, South Wales, West Wales and South West England.
Aharon continued his excellent form with a gold medal for East Wales in the Under-15 Boys’ pole vault with a new personal best clearance of 2.62m.
He also won the overall competition on a countback after the second-placed athlete had cleared the same height.
Aharon added a regional silver medal to his tally after finishing second for East Wales in the Under-15 Boys’ 60m Hurdles in 10.35, and he won a regional silver for the Under-15 Boys’ 60m in a personal best of 8.14s.
Henry, now running as a senior under-15 athlete, achieved a splendid gold for East Wales in the 1500m in a new personal best time of 4:46.09. Henry was also the second Welsh runner home.
Harry has moved up an age category and is now a junior under-15 athlete.
Harry stuck to his race plan in the 800m and did not start too quickly as he managed to reel in one of the older runners in the final lap.
Finishing just 0.5 of a second adrift of the third place finisher overall, Harry bagged a silver for East Wales in 2:13.79 – a new personal best – and behind fellow Newport Harrier, Leo Stark.
Harry achieved the qualification time for the Under-15 Boys’ 800m at the England Athletics Open Indoor Championships in Sheffield but unfortunately it clashes with the Welsh Cross Country Championships.
Aharon’s 60m time also qualifies him for the Sheffield event, a leading junior indoor athletics competition in the UK, and it is a great achievement for both Monmouth boys.
Year 10 student Rhys ran a respectable 1500m as a junior under-17 athlete.
Rhys raced home in 4:51.66 and narrowly missed out on an East Wales medal after finishing fourth in the region.