Athletics
Duo star for England

Thursday 06 December 2012 Updated: 06/12 10:37

STRATFORD AC duo Anna Gamle and Rory Dwyer helped England Schools win a combined events home international at Glasgow's glittering new Emirates Arena indoor stadium.

Stratford were the only club with two representatives in the England team and the pair, who attend Alcester Grammar and Stratford School respectively, were selected for the pentathlon after finishing 4th in both the UK national and England Schools combined events championships.

It was a major step up into international competition but the duo certainly played their part in the England under 16 age groups’ victory against some top competition.

Dwyer was in sparkling form and logged pb's in all his events which secured the individual silver medal and a team gold.

He started in fine style by finishing second in the opening 60m hurdles in a blistering time of 8.54.

A second round pb jump of 6.07m put Dwyer ahead in the long jump only for an Irish athlete to leap 6.08 but the Stratford star produced an outstanding leap of 6.43m to win the event and take the overall lead.

The high jump, Dwyer’s favourite event, was replaced by the 200m and he duly clocked an indoor pb of 23.5 which was a full half-a-second faster than the next athlete and maintained the overall lead.

The lithe Dwyer is built for speed and jumping and the shot is normally his weakest link but he responded to the challenge with a superb adrenalin-fuelled pb of 10.39m which left him in the middle of the pack and second overall.

England had already secured an emphatic victory in the team event but Dwyer then produced a barnstorming finish to finish second in the 800m in a marvellous pb of 2.13, seven seconds faster than his previous best, which earned the individual silver.

Meanwhile, Gamble stirred up a long standing knee injury with her first attempt at the long jump but she scored good points by recording 4.48m.

She clocked a personal best 9.83 seconds in the 60m hurdles but the injury flared up again in her favourite event, the high jump.

Although she kept active, bouncy and engaged, Gamble could not get much lift off her take-off leg but still recorded a best of 1.54m.

Gamble then damaged her elbow throwing a respectable 8.50m in the shot but showed great determination to finish the 800m which ensured England girls just edged out Ireland.

Mum Lynne Gamle said: "Apart from the injuries it was a great experience and we were proud with her performance and the determination she displayed."

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