Walsh selected in Great Britain squad

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SPENBOROUGH AC runner Jenny Walsh has been named in the Aviva Great Britain and Northern Ireland Team for the IAAF World Junior Championships which take place in Barcelona next week.

Jenny, from Liversedge, will compete in the 1,500 metres at the World Juniors, which start in Spain next Tuesday.

The 19-year-old has been tipped for big things in athletics by double Olympic Gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes, who said: “It is a big step for a junior athlete to compete on the world stage and I know she will rise to the occasion. Jenny is so new to the sport that she is learning about herself and athletics each day and I think she has a bright future ahead. I am looking forward to seeing how she performs in Barcelona.”

Jenny has twice run inside the UKA qualifying standard of 4.18. She clocked a personal best of 4.17.98 to win the BUCS 1500m title in the Olympic Stadium on May 7 and followed that up with another improvement of 4.15.53 to finish second at the Loughborough, she also won the England 800m title last month.

Cleckheaton hammer thrower Sarah Holt missed out on making the finals of the European Championships in Helsinki but the 25-year-old is adamant that she will return stronger.

Holt went to Finland with a personal best this season of 68.50m but failed to replicate that on the European stage as her best effort from three throws was 61.18m as she finished 12th in the semi-final.

Holt said: “It didn’t feel so bad but technically my last couple of turns did not feel on the money and the distance was not there either.

“It was just one of those days and it really did not happen for me but going to the Europeans was a big stepping stone for me and I can learn from this.”