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Medal delight for West Suffolk four

Thursday, 31st May 2001.

FOUR of West Suffolk's seven athletes at the championships returned with medals as the club enjoyed unprecedented success.
Jo Chapman and Andrew Harland gave the club a flying start with gold and silver respectively in the javelin.
Chapman continued her progress with a personal best and club record throw of 42.37m, while Harland notched 49.71 -- excellent results for them and coach Ray Radley.
The other gold went to Jemma Thake, from Clare, as she continues to take the 300m event by storm.
In the heats she broke the club record with a time of 40.9 sec, before lowering again in the final as she clocked 40.16.
Tania Spurling was the club's fourth medallist, the under-15 athlete collecting bronze in the high jump with a best of 1.55m.
Lakenheath's Louisa Wells just missed out on bronze in the 200m, although she was given the same time of 25.4 sec as the third-placed athlete.
Her consolation was a half-second improvement on her personal best. She started the weekend with a best of 25.9 set a week earlier when she dipped under 26 seconds for the first time, lowered it to 25.5 in the hears and then took another 0.1 sec off it in the final.
She also reached the final of the 100m with a personal best-equalling time of 12.40. She was fifth in the final in 12.44.
Anna Clayton, preparing for heptathlon, contested three events, clocking 12.69 for the 80m hurdles, setting a personal best of 13.04 in the 100m, then losing bronze in the long jump when her best of 5.26m was bettered in the penultimate round.
Josh Parkington clocked 51.9 sec in his heat of the 400 m and did not qualify for the final.

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