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English Schools' Athletics Champions

Published Tuesday 15th of July 2014 10:03:14 AM

Oakham School pupil, Tyrese Johnson Fisher, broke records this weekend at the prestigious English Schools' Athletics Championships held at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham.

Tyrese won the U15 Boys 100m final in an impressive 10.92 seconds. 'This was just shy of the Championship record,' says Assistant Director of Sport, James Clarke. 'It was a fantastic run, where he comprehensively beat the fastest sprinters in the country, as well as gaining a new personal best and a new school record!'

Tyrese was one of five pupils from Oakham School to take part in what is considered to be one of the largest athletics events in the world, comprising the best school age athletes in the country. Sam Clarke ran a personal best and placed 15th in U17 Boys Hurdles (14.04 seconds), Toyo Afolabi placed 9th in the U15 Boys Shot (12.12m), Oriana Simmonds placed 12th in the U17 Girls Shot (11.15m), and Leon Patel-Champion came 11th in the U19 Boys Shot (11.95m).

The Oakham School pupils joined the Leicestershire & Rutland team, which comprised of 35 athletes from around the county. They qualified for the event by winning the County Championships in June but also having to reach a notoriously hard entry standard.

Conditions during the weekend were excellent and the atmosphere generated by all the athletes and spectators was one the pupils will remember for a long time.

'This is a fitting end to another superb athletics season, thanks to our talented athletes and our excellent coaches,' says Iain Simpson, Director of Sport. 'We began the season with our pupils becoming some of the fastest independent school athletes in the country at the Achilles Schools' Relays in Oxford. We've now ended the season with Tyrese taking first place in the 100m final of this prestigious event.'

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