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Lukasz lands coveted Scottish title at Crieff

SHANE FENTON reports from Market  Park

Lukasz Wenta capped an excellent season with victory in the Scottish Heavyweight Championship at Crieff on Sunday. The East Kilbride thrower now holds all three heavy event 'majors' following wins in the World title at Loch Lomond and British title at Bridge of Allan. Lukasz also looks all set to be crowned heavy athlete of the year as he currently holds a commanding lead in the SHGA league. Last years champion Scott Rider,Dartford finished runner up with Craig Sinclair,Banchory in third and Sinclair Patience, Tain fourth. Lukasz won 6 of the seven events with Murdo Masterson's victory in the 22lb hammer thwarting him of the clean sweep.

There was some excellent competition in the running and jumping events. In a well contested 90m final James Parker,Hawick landed the £300 prize edging out Kelso duo Fraser Neil,Kelso and Douglas Young.This is probably the first 90m final this summer that all finalists have started from single figure handicaps.Praise Olatoke,Kilbarchan,Terry Marshall,TLJT and Charlie Carstairs,Lasswade AC filled the minor positions.

Samantha Turnbull,Peebles is currently in a fine vein of form, she followed up her 90m win 7 days earlier at Perth with victory in the 200 metres holding her form all the way to the line to stave off the late challenge of Charlie Carstairs,Lasswade AC with Graeme Armstrong,Edinburgh in third.This win extends Samantha's lead at the head of the SHGA league for female athletes.

Track athlete of the day was the bang in form Edouard Lecrivain,Aberdeen AC who landed the 400m and 800m handicap double. In the 800m he burst clear of the field down the back straight but by the finish he was all out to hold off the late surge from scratch man Luke Traynor,Giffnock North who put in a storming last half lap to finish in second place. Matthew Fleming,Kelso finished in third place. The Frenchman again turned in a strong -performance in the 400m to get the better of Ewen Bradley,Inverness with Matthew Fleming again rewarding each way backers.

The 1600 metres was dominated by a trio of frontmarkers, Andrew Gibson,Boness followed up his Perth win as he led home Angela Bell,Forfar and John Thomson ,Glenrothes.

There was a Borders 1-2-3 in the Youth 90m final with Tommy Beck,TLJT hitting the tape just ahead of Zoe Baker Jed AC and Ben Lyall,Kelso, the latter occupied the same position in the 200 metres which was won by Rhys Nuttall,Anstruther who just prevailed from Jason White,TLJT.

There was further Anstruther success in the Youth's 1600 metres handicap with brother and sister Archie and Anna Suttie finishing in 1st and 3rd, sandwiched in between in second place was 2017 winner Jamie Oldham,Central AC.

It was a day of ground records in the jumping events, Allan Smith who recently represented GB in the European Championships in Berlin set new figures in the High Jump with a leap of 1.96.

Tony Daffurn who the week before landed the Scottish Athletics triple jump title was the victor in both the Long and Triple Jump, in the latter he nudged the ground record up with a jump of 47' 3.5'' he then broke the sand in the long jump at 21' 9.5'' to equall the ground record.

Nine bikers contested the four cycle events, the opening 800 metres was won by Ryan Kier,Newburgh from Paul Gallacher Kirkcaldy and Paul Anderson,Perth. The remaining three races were dominated by the Fletcher brothers from Grantown on Spey with Edward the victor in the 1600 metres from Paul Gallacher with Ryan Kier third. The latter was third placed again in the 3200 metres which was won by Charles Fletcher with Gallacher again second. Charles went on to land a double by winning the Deil tak the Hindmost from his brother Edward with Paul Gallacher third.Completing the cycling line up was James Melville,Alexandria,Ian Grant,Glenrothes,Dave Mathieson,Newburgh and  Amy Forbes,Perth.

Published: 2018-08-19 22:03:10