Saturday, 15th July 2017
Bolton United Harriers’ sprinting golden girl, Hannah Kelly, once again competed for England at the Schools International Athletic Board’s international today.
She flew out with the England team from Birmingham, accompanied by many of her Greater Manchester team mates after many sterling performances from the team at last week’s English Schools’ national championships. The meeting this year was held in Dublin and it pitted the two best U17 athletes from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales in each event.
Hannah once again lined up in her favoured 200m cheered on by numerous family members who travelled in from other parts of Ireland, as well as dad Chris and granddad Bill, who flew over from Bury.
After her recent exploits in the EA U20 championships and the English Schools, it was always going to be a big ask to run a PB but Hannah gave it everything. As ever, she ran a fantastic bend and smashed the 25 second barrier yet again to finish a fantastic third in 24.59 seconds. The winner was Kiah Dubarry-Gray, who recorded 24.13s to move ahead of Hannah in the rankings and second was Irish athlete, Rhasidat Adeleke.
It was Hannah’s second international bronze medal after her debut in the same event last year. However, the quality of the field was much stronger this time around and she clocked an incredible 0.6 seconds quicker.
The England team followed this up with a solid silver medal in the 4x100m relay where Hannah ran a blistering second leg.
Hannah will now focus on the Northern Athletics Championships in Leigh where she will compete over the 100m. Coach Les Hall hopes that she will come close to breaking the 12-seconds barrier in August.