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Wakefield's Junior Internationals 1999

Report by: Martin Cunnane

30th July 1999

Wakefield Harriers had two young athletes in international action recently.

Eighteen year old sprint star Emily Freeman, representing Great Britain Juniors, took on some of Europe's top speed merchants at Albertville, France, in the four cornered U20 international between host nation France, Italy, Spain and Great Britain.

Freeman, who has come on in leaps and bounds this season, winning among other major titles the English Schools 100m and the AAA 100m crowns, finished a good second in the eight athlete race behind one of the French representatives. Team-mate Maria Bolsover finished fourth.

Freeman also ran a leg of the sprint relay, helping GB to second place two tenths of a second behind the French quartet with the British team clocking a very fast 45.08 secs.

Freeman jets off to Riga, Latvia, next Monday where she will contest the 100m and the relay at the World Junior Championships.

Wakefield's second athlete taking part in her first international competition was English Schools U17 triple jump silver medallist Jenny Handley.

Handley leapt a pb 11.25m in Cardiff, representing England Schools in the Schools International. She finished a highly promising fourth behind England team mate Natalie Brant of Surrey who won with 11.58m.