Tom Evans is hoping to make the Commonwealth Youth Games
Tom Evans is hoping to make the Commonwealth Youth Games

Two record-breaking athletes are waiting to see if they will be chosen for the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas.

Anna Smith, 15, and Tom Evans, 16, starred at the national under-20 championships at the weekend and now the Newark Athletic Club duo hope to gain selection from England Athletics.

Their success was part of a successful two days for the club as athletes won medals and broke club records.

Newark AC president Gareth Bagguley said: “This weekend has to be one of the stand-out times for the club with new club records being set — and it could result in two of our athletes being selected to represent their country in the Commonwealth Youth Games.

“They are all a great credit to the club and town.”

Anna Smith
Anna Smith

The England selectors asked Anna to run the 1,500m and Tom the 400m, both still competing as under-17s, in the Under-20 Championships at Bedford on Saturday and be considered for the youth games.

Anna, who had already gained the qualifying time, was fourth in a tactical race and given the same time, 4mins 23.11secs, as the third-placed girl.

As a 15-year-old, she was up to four years younger than some of her rivals and beaten only by GB athletes.

Anna is ranked 16th in the IAAF Under-18 1,500m world rankings.

Her achievements were matched by Tom, who ran 48-81 to finish second in his heat and then came fourth in the 400m final in a games qualifying time — and a new Newark club record — of 47-9.

His performance — running as a 16-year-old against much older boys — put him 12th on the all-time UK under-17s list.

A spokesman for the club said: “The athletes in front of them both were all under-20s, so Anna and Tom did what was asked of them by being the first under-17s.

“Now they have to wait to see if they have been selected for the Commonwealth Youth Games.”

Jessica Ennis-Hill a former competitor

The games, which will take place from July 18-23, have in the past included Jessica Ennis-Hill. They will feature up to 1,300 young athletes from 70 countries and territories and be the largest international sporting event ever hosted in the Bahamas.

As well as athletics, the showpiece event will feature swimming, beach football, boxing, cycling, judo, rugby sevens, tennis and beach volleyball.

Anna and Tom’s starring roles at the Under-20s Championships were part of a terrific weekend of results for the club, including gold medals at the Anglian Schools Championships in Cambridge.

Competing for Lincolnshire schools, Katie Mackintosh ran a new personal best to win gold in the 300m hurdles in 46-2 — and also won silver in the 80m hurdles.

A further gold medal and personal best was celebrated by Lauren Owens in the intermediate girls’ pole vault as she cleared a club record 2.80m.

Amber Owens was second in the senior girls’ steeplechase and George Bacon won silver in the intermediate boys’ hammer.

A bronze medal was won by Tilly Owens in the intermediate girls’ 300m hurdles.

Tilly and Lauren were fourth and fifth respectively in the intermediate girls’ steeplechase. Maisie Archer-Dytch ran a personal best 26-9 in the intermediate girls’ 200m and also ran a good first leg in the 100m relay.

Linton Taylor claimed a 5,000m bronze medal at the England Athletics Under-23 Championships, also held at Bedford, finishing in 14-44-22.

Luke Sayer, representing Nottinghamshire schools at the Mason Trophy Inter-Counties Schools Championships in Birmingham, ran the intermediate boys’ 400m in 56-87. Ben Smith was fifth in the junior boys’ 1,500m in 4-24-12.