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HOLLAND Sports' Ocean Schwartz had an amazing Sunday afternoon at the Surrey Track & Field Championships at Kingston, winning bronze medals in the U17 high jump and 400m with personal bests and club records.

What was incredible was that Schwartz ran the heat of the 400m in a personal best of 53.19 seconds while his high jump competition was in the later stages.

When he came back he had missed his attempt at 1.70m.

With tired legs he summoned up the energy to make a third- time clearance at 1.75m, a season's best, before making a first-time clearance at 1.80m.

Less than two hours later he ran another PB in the 400m final, coming close to snatching second in 52.39.

It was a Herculean effort as Schwartz was also suffering from an ear infection, while he had also come fifth in the long jump with 5.74m.

Josh Watson was another medal winner as he twice broke his PB in the U13 high jump, winning silver with 1.36m.

Mark Andrews won the senior men's high jump with 1.75m and won silver in the triple jump with 11.31m.

Elsewhere, Tom Rady won silver in the senior men's pole vault with a jump of 3m, while Charlie Smith threw close to his best in winning the bronze in the U15 Shot with 11.23m.

In other performances, James Rady finished fourth in the U17 hurdles, in 68.81, while Josh Watson just missed out on a medal in the U13 75m hurdles, in 14.52m, and was fourth in his 200m heat, in 30.22.

Hugo Fowler and Troy Lee-Edmunds also competed in the 200m heats, coming fifth and sixth respectively, in 30.91 and 32.38. Lee-Edmunds also long jumped 3.56m for 13th in the heats of the U15 800m, while Tom Knight ran a PB of 2:32:31 for fourth.

Meanwhile, Mark Andrews also competed in the discus and long jump, coming fifth with 26.13m and sixth with 5.29m.

In the girls', Stephanie Fisher qualified from the heats of the U15 100m with fourth, in 13.82, into a strong wind.

In the semi-final she was sixth, in 13.88 secs – a time that would have qualified her for the final had she been competing in the other semi-final.


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