Dearne ace stars in Oregon

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In the World Junior Championship which finished in Eugene, Oregon USA yesterday, Adam Hague (Dearne ALC) was eighth in the pole vault.

Hague cleared 5.35 to equal his personal best set in Germany earlier in the season. Not 17 until next month, Hague was the youngest athlete in the event by some margin.

Hague came in at 5.00, clearing that height, 5.10 and 5.20 first time. He got over 5.30 and 5.35 at the second attempt before failing narrowly at 5.40 .

Great Britiain’s Shona Richards was delighted after she broke the national record and claimed silver in the 400 metres hurdles.

The 18-year-old came home second in a time of 56.16 seconds, close behind winner Shamier Little, who clocked 55.66secs, while her American compatriot Jade Miller was third with a PB of 56.22.

Richards said: “It means a lot. I’ve been training for this all year. In my head I was thinking ‘come on fight for that place’ and I completely forgot about the national record. I think as soon as you forget about things like that it’s when you get them.

“The whole week I’ve been looking for a medal and I wanted second because that’s where I should be from the rankings, so to get that is brilliant and I can’t really ask for much more.

“Iwas a bit worried about being from lane six because I knew I couldn’t see my main competition on the inside of me. I was a bit nervous about that but I just went out nearly as fast as I could and tried to stick with it.”