Euro Mukhtar happy to finish in medals

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City of Sheffield middle distance star Mukhtar Mohammed won a bronze medal in the 800 metres at the European Under-23 Championships in Czechoslovakia.

Mohammed tracked European indoor champion Adam Kszczot (Poland), going through the halfway mark in 55.4 seconds

“I had planned to keep my eye on him (Kszczot),” said Mohammed. “I was looking to finish top two, but I’m happy; it’s my first international and I won a medal.”

Kszczot, defending the title he won two years ago, took the win in 1:46.71 with Mohammed clocking 1:48.01.

Meanwhile, City of Sheffield’s Tesni Ward won the javelin at the England Senior Championships at Bedford. Ward, aged 20, who won the junior title last year, edged a close contest with Hayley Thomas (Leigh), clinching the title with a throw of 49.51 metres.

There was a bronze medal for former Barnsley athlete Adele Lassu (Sale) in the high jump with a 1.69m clearance.

Matt Hudson (City of Sheffield) just missed out on a medal, finishing fourth in the 110m hurdles (14.16 secs) and former Rotherham athlete Louise Bloor (Trafford) was fourth in the 100m (11.51)

n English Schools Champion Natalia Hackett was again in winning form running for England in the Schools International at Cardiff. Hackett, who runs for Hallamshire, always looked the likely winner and came home by four seconds in 9:57.13 mins.

n A good run by Philip Hoole (Rotherham) gave him fifth place in the BUPA Great North Run at Gateshead yesterday in a time of 32:02 mins for the 10k course