Sprinter Owen Richardson wins gold medal on international debut

Owen Richardson with the gold medal he won in Cardiff

Owen Richardson with the gold medal he won in Cardiff

First published in Sport Basingstoke Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Sports Reporter

TEENAGE sprinter Owen Richardson won a gold medal on his international debut.

The 15-year-old helped the England team to 4x400m relay gold at a Schools International in Cardiff, having earlier finished second in the individual event.

England took on Scotland, Wales and Ireland at the event, with Richardson getting his call-up after winning the English Schools Championship a week earlier.

The Costello School pupil took on runners up to two years older than him but managed to claim second place in the individual event, stopping the clock at 48.87sec despite windy conditions.

He then helped England to relay gold, running the first leg as the squad just got the better of Ireland in a tight finish.

Richardson was joined in Cardiff by Basingstoke and Mid Hants AC clubmate Devon Brimecome, who finished third in the 300m hurdles, clocking 43.49sec. She also helped England to relay victory, running the second leg as they won the 4x300m.

England claimed overall victory in the event, with both the boys and girls teams enjoying good results across the board.

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