Athletes enjoy successful weekend

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Island throwers gained a hat-trick of silver medals at the junior Three As in Birmingham, with Jamie Stevenson also claiming a Scottish record for the intermediate shot putt.

Stevenson (16) won two silvers yesterday, being denied gold by his long-time rival Curtis Griffiths-Parker in both shot and discus, after U15 Zane Duquemin had set the standard with a brilliant second in the discus on Saturday.

Jersey’s throws group is having a super year, with a flurry of age-group medals at county, national and inter-national level.

Haute Vallee pupil Stevenson is one of the leading lights, having won his second English Schools title earlier this summer, and he achieved one of his stated ambitions for the season when his personal best putt of 16.88m shattered a nine-year-old Scottish record for the event.

Scotland junior international Stevenson, who like Duquemin receives specialist coaching from UK throws expert John Hillier, was well off the gold standard set by Griffiths-Parker’s 18m plus putt, but was agonisingly close to his rival in the discus.

Another personal best by Stevenson, a 26 cm improvement, for a 49.43m was only bettered by Griffiths-Parker’s title-winning throw of 49.73.

Duquemin, a silver medallist in the English Schools championships in Gateshead, earned his AAA’s silver with a throw of 44.61, within 4 cm of Stevenson’s U15 club record.

The Channel Islands AC men’s track and field team stormed to promotion in their final Southern League Division II match of the season on Saturday at Harrow, piling on the points for a runaway victory.

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