Edwards throws four records at Peterborough meet

JONATHAN Edwards dominated Hunts AC s Southern Men s League match in Peterborough at the weekend, setting four new club records in the process. Edwards set new club marks in the U17 men s shot, the U17 and U20 men s hammer and the men s U17 discus in the

JONATHAN Edwards dominated Hunts AC's Southern Men's League match in Peterborough at the weekend, setting four new club records in the process.

Edwards set new club marks in the U17 men's shot, the U17 and U20 men's hammer and the men's U17 discus in the meet on Saturday.

"Jonathan's achievements over the weekend show that he is reaping the rewards of a hard winter's training with his father," said Hunts AC coach Wayne Dubose.

"He has also taken a huge step towards the English Schools championships in July.

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"Jonathan has moved up a level this year - he has got a lot bigger and stronger, and has really benefitted from a sustained involvement with the sport over the last few years."

Edwards set the record-breaking ball rolling by throwing the 7.26kg shot over 11.04m, taking second overall, before adding a record in the hammer, where he edged out a two-centimetre win over a Peterborough athlete five years his senior.

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His hammer throw of 41.26m was enough to smash not only the U17 men's record for the event, but also the U20 men's mark. Edwards capped a memorable day by adding more than a metre to the U17 discus record with a throw of 33.83m, which was enough for him to pick up the Athlete of the Match trophy for the second time this season.

On Sunday, at the Eastern Young Athletes meet in Luton, Edwards extended his winning weekend by taking the U17 men's hammer with a throw of 44.86m, and setting a new personal best in the shot with 12.88m.

Jonathan wasn't the only victorious member of the Edwards family however, as father John picked up the B string hammer title with a throw of 37.50m.

In the 400m hurdles, Peter Downhill was a whisker away from setting a club veterans' record, stopping the clock just two tenths of a second outside the current best.

On the track, Ian McLaren won the B string 400m race with a gutsy run, winning by almost two seconds. His twin brother James also came away satisfied as he ran his fastest-ever 100m in a time of 11.8 secs. The brothers were making their farewell appearances for Hunts AC ahead of their move to Scotland.

The Senior Men's team moves on to a match against Bedford on July 11.

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