Latest Wimbledon Hercules news - Theo races to national sprint bronze

Fresh from his silver medal-winning performance in the Surrey indoor championships, Hercules Wimbledon AC teenager Theo Etienne snatched a superb bronze medal in the England Indoor Championships in Birmingham on Saturday.

Etienne, 16, taking part in only his fourth meeting since switching to athletics in the autumn, snatched third place in a blanket finish in a fiercely contested men's U17 60m final.

He snatched his medal in 7.01 seconds finishing behind the winner and silver medallist who clocked 6.98 and 7.00, respectively.

Etienne, who was just pipped for the Surrey title a week earlier when he clocked the same time as the winner, this time edged out the fourth finisher who also clocked 7.01.

The teenager made a promising start to his first appearance on the national stage by asily winning his first round heat in 7.11, where he was fifth fastest of the 68 sprinters in the nine first round heats.

He then secured his place in the final by taking second spot in his semi-final in 7.04, the fourth best of the 24 semi-finalists, and then he speeded up to take an impressive bronze medal.

His coach, former Hercules Wimbledon sprinter Mark Giraud, said: "To take a medal in your first-ever national championship is some achievement."

A second Hercules Wimbledon runner also won his heat - Rechmiel Miller took the eighth heat in 7.22 and although he went faster with 7.21 in his semi-final, this was not good enough to make the last eight.

Miller, 14, who took the bronze medal in the Surrey championships, is coached by his dad, Paul, a former Surrey senior men's sprint champion, and has another year in the U17 age group.

His younger brother Chad was also in action in Birmingham but went out in the heats of the boys U15 60m finishing sixth in his race in 8.05.

At the other end of the age scale, Hercules Wimbledon's Pete Giles was in action in the South of England Masters indoor championships at Lee Valley where he took the silver medal in the over-65 3,000m in 12 minutes, 20.55 seconds.

 

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