Joylyn's on top of the world

PUBLISHED: 12:45 14 August 2008 | UPDATED: 16:26 05 May 2010

Joylyn Saunders-Mullins

Joylyn Saunders-Mullins

Evergreen Joylyn Saunders-Mullins returned from the European Masters Championships in Ljubljana in Slovenia the toast of the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team. Joylyn, from Letchworth Garden City, was competing in the W55 age group. She started her

Evergreen Joylyn Saunders-Mullins returned from the European Masters Championships in Ljubljana in Slovenia the toast of the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team.

Joylyn, from Letchworth Garden City, was competing in the W55 age group.

She started her championships by winning her semi-final in the 100m with a time of 14.01 in the sweltering heat.

Two hours later, Joylyn won the gold in 13.95 - a season's best.

Three day later, she competed in the 400m semis and won in a time of 65.55 and a championship best time.

She then went on to win the 400m final with a new European record of 63.66 - the world's leading time for this year.

Joylyn had a day's rest to get ready for the 200m and yet again she got to the final and won this in style with a season's best of 28.33.

On the last day of the competition, the relays started. First was the 4x100m where Joylyn brought them home in third place and the bronze.

Joylyn was then asked to run the 4x400m for the W50 age group which they won in a new world record time of 4:11.24, breaking the previous record by four seconds.

All these results mean she is now ranked number one in the world for the 100m, 200m and 400m for her age group.

Joylyn said: "It has been a very up and down season and I am glad to finish it on a high.

"I could not have done it without my coach and husband Tim who kept me positive when things were not going as well as expected and making me go out training when it was cold and windy and I thank God for an injury-free season."

Joylyn also thanked North Herts District Council for their support and the employers and employees of MFK of Stevenage for their backing throughout the year.

Other Stevenage and North Herts athletes were in action at the weekend.

Three athletes competed in the national championships held at Birmingham.

Daniel Gardner finished just out of the medals in fourth place in the under-15 boys' pole vault with a clearance of 3.30m.

In the under-17 women's pole vault, Anne Rees cleared her best height of 3.30m to be placed fifth, clearing the same height as the third and fourth placed athletes.

Chloe Vernon-Hamilton ran 46.66 in the 300m hurdles heats, but missed out on a place in the final.

Neil McLellan threw 68.68m in the UK Athletics Challenge javelin held at Eton to finish fourth.

Seven members received a county call-up to represent Hertfordshire in a senior inter-counties match at Kingston-Upon-Thames.

The match was against Essex, Hampshire, Kent, Middlesex, Oxfordshire, Surrey and Sussex.

The men's team finished a creditable third, with the women's team finishing seventh.

Bunmi Awokoya ran 12.49 in the 100m in third place and went one better in the 200m to take second in 25.7.

Sandra Reed ran 72.47 over 400m hurdles in third place.

Bethan Scanes improved her best for the triple jump with a first round distance of 10.46m, and sister Loren threw 23.80m in the discus.

Ton Tomu was first in the 400m in 48.06, and Adam Searle ran 2:02.82 over 800m in fourth. Daniel Poulton was second in the 1500m in 4:02.24, and Josh Moss was fifth in his 1500m race stopping the clock in 4:32.31.

Laurie Pirie recorded a distance of 12.76m in the triple jump and was fourth.

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