Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s teenage sprinter Chad Miller faces the biggest competition of his young life when he competes in the Commonwealth Youth Games being held in the Bahamas, starting in July 18th, writes Tom Pollak.
Miller, 17, will be making his international debut as one of 25 track and field athletes in the England team which will be competing against 70 other Commonwealth countries. He has been selected for the 200 metres following an outstanding run in the England under 20 championships at Bedford last month where he finished fifth in the personal best of 21.34 seconds to confirm himself as the top UK under 18-year-old over the distance this season.
Chad will be following in the footsteps of his elder brother Rechmial who took the 100m silver medal at the last Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa in 2015.
“It must be unique for two brothers to compete in the Commonwealth Youth Games and Chad’s selection is the reward for all his hard work this year in which he has managed to post lifetime bests for both the 100 and 200 metres”, said his father and coach Paul, himself a three times Surrey senior 100 metres champion.
Meanwhile, another Hercules Wimbledon athlete, Dwayne Cowan, faced a nailbiting 48 hours to find out whether he had done enough to make Britain’s team for next month’s IAAF World Championships at the Olympic Stadium in London after finishing fourth in the British Championships, which incorporated the UK trials, in Birmingham on Sunday.
There was heartbreak for Cowan who just missed out on a medal by one-hundredths of a second and a third place in Birmingham would have been enough to make the individual event as he was only one of three British athletes to have achieved the qualifying time. Cowan, who the previous weekend won the European team championship 400m in Lille, France, looked favourite for a medal after he was the fastest of the eight qualifiers for the final winning his heat on Saturday in 45.87 seconds from the tight inside lane. But, despite getting one of the favoured middle lanes in the final, he was unable to repeat his fine form in the heat as he was just edged out of third place clocking 46.12 seconds.
Cowan, 32, had to wait on the selectors to see whether they would pick him for the 4x400m relay squad.
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