Athletics: Lane on track for next year’s Glasgow Games

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Sheffield’s John Lane put in a brilliant performance at the Woerden decathlon in the Netherlands to secure an A standard qualifying score for next year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Lane, aged 24, who is coached by Toni Minichiello, was in fine form all weekend to reach 7,916 points.

The Sheffield Athletics Club decathlete had a strong day one with 10.84 seconds for the 100 metres, 7.20 metres in the long jump, a 13.97m shot put, 1.99m high jump and 48.17s for the 400m. And he followed it with 14.57s in the 110m hurdles, 39.45m discus, 5.13m pole vault, 50.39m javelin and 4:47.17 minutes in the 1,500m on day two.

Nicola Squires (Hallamshire) and Amanda Shaw (Barnsley AC) contributed to Yorkshire women finishing runners up in the Inter Counties Championship at Bedford over the weekend. Squires just missed an individual medal finishing fourth in the 3000 metres steeplechase in a time of 11:13.37, her best for the event.

Shaw reached the final of the 200 metres where she finished sixth in 24.95.

The Yorkshire men’s team were outside the top three. Rotherham’s Jordan Small, a 16-year-old throwing against seniors, had a fine javelin, his best effort of 60.21 getting him a bronze medal. Although he did not get to the final, Aiden Davies (Doncaster AC) ran a personal best of 54.44 in his heat of the 400 hurdles.