Athletics

GB Maccabiah Track & Field squad unveiled

April 19, 2013

Maccabi GB has named its Track & Field squads for this summer’s 19th Maccabiah Games in Israel.

The Open and Junior Squads are made up of 10 athletes, competing in events ranging from Javelin and High Jump to 100m sprint and the 3,000m race.

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Encouraging signs from Barnett and Bongart

By Brian Sacks, April 18, 2013

Anna Barnett and James Bongart, the two winners of the 2012 Daniel Sacks Awards for Young Athletes, have opened their seasons with significant personal bests in their principal events.

Barnett, 13, threw 25.50m in the discus at Crystal Palace and 28.71m in the hammer at the Kent Young Athletes meeting in Bromley.

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Young guns impress

By Brian Sacks, April 12, 2013

Natan Bloom placed second in the Middlesex under-17 1,500m Indoor Championships at Lee Valley, recording a personal best of 4:40.38. Hasmonean pupil Bloom, 14, also reduced his 800m best to 2:20.17 in Watford.

Jamie Cohen, of Harrow AC, raised his high jump best to 1.55m at the Brunel Open Jumps Festival, a week before his 14th birthday.

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Ayrton the all-rounder

March 22, 2013

Rachel Ayrton won bronze in the 1,500m under-15 category at the Middlesex County indoor Athletic Championships.

Taking part in her first competitive athletics event, Ayrton, 13, came home in third place in a time of 5:31 at Lee Valley Stadium in Edmonton.

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Bruck shows star quality

By Brian Sacks, March 15, 2013

Barnet athlete Roger Bruck, 73, medalled in three events in the M70 division at the British Masters Indoor Championships at Lee Valley.

Bruck placed third in the long jump, second in the high jump and second in the 200m.

His performances were 3.50m, 1.21m and 32.83s respectively. His 200m time was his fastest over the distance since 2007.

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Peters is so masterful

By Brian Sacks, March 15, 2013

David Peters, 41, reaffirmed his position as one of the country’s outstanding Masters athletes with a commanding victory at the British Masters Indoor Championships at Lee Valley.

Herne Hill Harrier Peters took the M40 800m title in 2:02.51, a clear two seconds ahead of his nearest challenger.

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Israel prepares for star-studded Maccabiah Games

By Simon Griver, March 14, 2013

Amir Peled says this summer’s Maccabiah Games in Israel will be the biggest and best after confirming that a number of Olympic stars will take part.

American gymnast Aly Raisman will be the star performer at what will be the largest-ever gathering of athletes at the Jewish Olympics.

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A world best for Peters

By Brian Sacks, March 1, 2013

David Peters this week reflected on becoming a world-record holder after helping the Central Park Track Club relay team beat the Masters (35+) 4x800m Indoor fastest time in New York.

Peters, who is 41 and from Hampstead, said: “The second runner handed me the baton at exactly four minutes, so

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Bruck keeps on jumping

By Brian Sacks, February 25, 2013

Roger Bruck, 73, porved age need not be a barrier to athletic performance.

Bruck won both the high jump and long jump 70-plus age group events at the Southern Counties Veterans Indoor Championships at Lee Valley.

Bruck’s marks were 1.25 metres and 3.58 metresrespectively, his high jump setting a Championship best.

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Grant sets new PB

By Brian Sacks, January 31, 2013

George Grant, 14, added 41cm to his pole vault best with a 3.04m clearance in the Vault London event in Carshalton.

This performance lifts Shaftesbury Barnet Harrier Grant to ninth in the UK under-15 rankings.

His brother and team-mate, James Grant, 21, cleared 4.05m for his highest vault in five years at the London Games at Lee Valley.

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