Highgate Harriers starlet races back to represent Camden in London Youth Games
PUBLISHED: 11:00 10 July 2013
Highgate Harriers' Arnold Mensuoh had a busy weekend after competing at the English Schools' Championships and then representing Camden at the London Youth Games.
The 14-year-old reached the semi-finals of the 300m at the English Schools’ Championships in Birmingham and then raced down to the London Youth Games to win silver in the 300m and record the second-biggest distance of 5.99m in the long jump.
“My quads and hamstrings are killing me but I feel like I did pretty well. I’m pleased with my results,” said Mensuoh.
“Even though it was a long weekend I still wanted to come to the London Youth Games and compete to help Camden do well.
“To a certain extent I was disappointed in the 300m but I’ve been tired, and in the long jump I’m really pleased with myself as I’ve jumped nearly six metres.”
Grace Mee was another Camden athlete to impress, winning silver in the girls’ high jump with a leap of 1.55m as the borough finished 27th out of 33 in the Jubilee Trophy standings.
The 13-year-old said: “I’m really pleased with my performance. I wanted to do quite well but I’m just happy that I came second. It was quite hard as it was really hot.
“The event was great as, even though it wasn’t great weather for high jump as it was really hot, I really enjoyed competing with my friends as they were all there as well. The plan is to keep going and hopefully come back next year.”
The London Youth Games is delivering a sporting legacy from the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics by inspiring more young Londoners to play and volunteer in sport.
London’s councils including Camden, along with Balfour Beatty and Sport England, support Europe’s largest annual youth sports event which has over 100,000 athletes competing across 85 competitions over nine months.