Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Aliu's Is Yus-Ful Performance

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Aliu's Is Yus-Ful Performance

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Young athletes were in record-breaking form at the North Eastern Championships at Gateshead Stadium ( with Teessider Yusuf Aliu the star of the show.

The Middlesbrough teenager was outstanding as he erased the under-15 100m and 200m figures from the record book.

The short sprint record had stood for eight years but Alui's s 200 metres was possibly the more noteworthy as he had to contend with a strong wind in the home straight.

Ten new records were established by the region's youngsters in all.

One of the biggest improvements came in the under-20 women's shot putt competition where Blaydon's Lianne Tucker retained her title with an effort of 11:09m, a distance surpassing her existing record of 9:75m.

Her record-breaking effort came 24 hours after she had won both the discus and javelin events.

Gateshead's Kieran Flannery warmed up for a trip to Italy for a schools international by winning the 400m before going on to set a new record in the under-20 400m hurdles.

UK junior international Emma Morris showed a welcome return to form to retain her under-20 high jump title after raising the bar to 1:70m, five centimetres higher than her previous record.

It was a good championship for the South Shields athlete, who also struck gold in 100m, 200m and 100m hurdles.

The Blackhill Bounders club had plenty to celebrate when Kirsty Breen not only retained her under-13 shot putt title but set new figures of 9:26m for the event.

In the same age group, Shildon's Kate Avery showed a clean pair of heels to her 1500m rivals by clocking 5min 02.51sec, knocking nearly 14 seconds off the old record while Gateshead's Chloe Gill leaped out to 4:44m to break the long jump record.

Middlesbrough and Cleveland's Johanna Jackson knocked over two minutes off the under-20 5,000 metres record while Gateshead's Sally Scott, still only 14, raised the bar from 2:11m to 2:40m to win the under-17 pole vault competition.

In the same age group, Birtley's Katy Wilson broke the four-year-old hammer record with an effort of 35:87m.

RESULTS ( day one, under-17 men ( 100 (+3.3): 1 L Robson (Gate) 11. …

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