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Omoregie hurdles his way into the record books

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Away from all the drama that was happening at the four leagues of the European Athletics Team Championships at the weekend, another piece of history was written.

In Bedford, the England Athletics Under-20 & Under-23 Championships was the setting for a tremendous performance from David Omoregie who broke the European Athletics junior 110m hurdles record as he won in 13.17.

The previous mark was that of 13.18 which France’s Wilhem Belocian delivered when he took gold at the European Athletics Junior Championships in Rieti last July.

Now Welshman Omoregie, 18, has booked his place at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene in just under a month where he is set to face Belocian, now 19.

It should be some race, with Omoregie in flying form after a day which began with him breaking the championship record in the heats with 13.38 having arrived at the event with a personal best of 13.45 for this 99/100cm event.

Not only is his run the best in the world this year by a junior - Belocian is next on the list with 13.23 - but it is third best of all-time behind Americans Wayne C. Davis II with 13.08 and Eddie Lovett with 13.14.

Staying with the sprint hurdles, Derval O’Rourke, one of Ireland’s best athletes and the World Indoor 60m champion in Moscow in 2006, has announced her retirement.

O’Rourke, 33, was aiming for the European Athletics Championships in Zurich this summer - an event where she has twice won silver in the 100m hurdles.

Speaking to, O'Rourke said: 'I knew I could compete this season, but not in a time to be in medal contention for the Europeans. Going to a Championships just to be there, isn't me. I have had an absolutely amazing career in athletics and for that I am so grateful to all the support I have received along the way. It's been a tough decision but it feels like the right time.'

Even with so much focus on the European Athletics Team Championships in Braunschweig, Tallinn, Riga and Tbilisi, there were a number of other good European performances over the weekend.

On Sunday in Zalaegerszeg, at the Hungarian National Youth Championships, Bence Halasz won the hammer (5kg) with 82.50m while on Saturday in Aleksandrow Lodzki, Poland’s Konrad Bukowiecki looked good with a shot put of 21.98m (5kg) and 20.62m (6kg).

Maria Venas won the Norwegian Marathon Championships in Tromso in a personal best of 2:46:46 and in Buhlertal, Christopher Linke won the German 10,000m track walk title in 39:42.12, ahead of Hagen Pohle in 40:06.23 and Carl Dohmann in 41:18.21.

Back in Poland, Jakub Szyszkowski won the shot put in Radom with 20.08m and in Krakow, there was a national junior 100m record run of 11.45 by Ewa Swoboda.


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