Islington sprinter clinches place in London team for English Schools’ Championships

Islington sprinter Shania Umah with one of her medals at the London Schools Championships

Islington sprinter Shania Umah with one of her medals at the London Schools Championships - Credit: Archant

Sprinter Shania Umah was Islington’s star performer as she collected two medals in the London Schools Championships at Battersea Park.

Umah, a Holloway School student who also runs for Highgate Harriers, won a silver medal in the junior girls’ 200m, as well as bronze in her preferred event, the 100m.

That was enough to earn her a place in the London team for the English Schools Championships, which take place at Gateshead Stadium, Tyne & Wear, on July 8-9.

Umah will be joined in the London side by another Islington sprinter – St Aloysius’ College’s Clive Mbatika, who took home the bronze medal in the junior boys’ 100m.

There were two other bronze medallists among the Islington contingent – Johnny Payne of St Aloysius’ (intermediate boys’ javelin) and Central Foundation’s Chris Toussaint (intermediate boys’ triple jump).


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In the same age group, Dary N’Tula Leonardo (St Aloysius’) qualified for both the 100m and 200m final, while Tyreece Rankin (Highbury Grove) finished just outside the medal places in the 100m, despite being a year younger than his rivals.

However, Rankin also impressed in the London Schools Year 7/8 Championships at Mile End, where he claimed a gold medal double with an outstanding display of sprinting in the 100m and 200m.

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Islington produced their best performance at the championships in recent years, with three other members of the team also winning gold medals.

Neochay Rodney (St Aloysius’) won the Year 8 long jump – as well as finishing fourth in the 200m – while Year 7 duo Aron Keto (St Aloysius’) and Arlo Doherty (Holloway) triumphed in the high jump and shot putt respectively.

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