Prep School Pupil is crowned double National Champion

Bromsgrove Preparatory School Pupil Nicolas Jakobsen has been crowned double National Champion in discus and shot at the IAPS Championships, where he was also lucky enough to meet double Olympic Champion, Daley Thompson.

On Wednesday 2nd July, twelve of our leading athletes from Years 7 and 8 took part in this year’s annual championships. The Alexander Stadium is the premier athletics venue for British athletics and only days before it had hosted the annual AA Championships. A truly world class venue for our children to compete at.

The standard was once more incredibly high and it keeps getting tougher to win medals here every year. Indeed qualifying for these National Finals from the qualifying match at Abingdon is an achievement in itself given how strong our region is now that we have schools such as The Dragon, Port Regis, Summerfield, to name just a few, to get passed in order to get selected for the Mercia Area team. The Year 7 boys 800 metres winning time was the second fastest time run anywhere in the UK this year for the distance, this was very typical of the standard in all events.

Just as in 2013, Nicolas Jakobsen from Year 7 once more stole the headlines for Bromsgrove retaining his national titles in both the discus and the shot put. In the discus he extended his own school record by over three metres with his best thrown of 31.11 metres. Nicolas crowned off his double success by also winning the shot with a throw of 11.24 metres, agonisingly missing the school record by three centimetres. Nicolas’s performances now rank him as number one and two for these two events respectively on the national website, which is an incredible achievement. As if this was not enough, Nicolas was congratulated at the end by none other than one of the United Kingdom’s best ever athletes in double Olympic Decathlon Champion (Moscow 1980 and Los Angeles 1984), Daley Thompson.

Charlie Sapwell, Year 8, brought the curtain down on an amazing record over cross country and 1500 metres running by claiming a very hard fought bronze medal in the 1500 metres in a time of 4minutes 46.14 seconds, just missing the school record by a second. He is officially the second fastest 150 metres runner ever at the Preparatory School.

There were numerous other personal best performances with athletes finishing as follows:

Year 8

Elyssa Jones Triple Jump 4th 9.69 metres (PB)

(lost a bronze medal on count back) broke her own school record

Emily Gieron Shot Put 6th 8.45 metres

Joseph Harper Javelin 8th 30.69 metres (PB)

Benjamin Turner 800 metres 10th 2minutes 26.72 seconds

Year 7

Jake Lowe 800 metres 8th 2 minutes 26.72 seconds

Maisy Hucker 70 metres Hurdles 8th

(1st in Heart in a new PB time 12.58 seconds)

Kitty Luscombe 800 metres 11th 2minutes 39.91 seconds

Sienna Horton 800 metres 13th 2 minutes 42.39 seconds (PB)

Lauren Whensley100 metres 13th 14.43 seconds

Orla Walker 1500 metres 15th 5minutes 28 seconds
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