The current world U18 800m leader is among the British team set for Hungary next month.
Max Burgin, who clocked 1:47.50 over 800m in May to set a world age 15 800m record and a European U16 best, has been named in the 33 strong British team for the European Under-18 Championships in Gyor, Hungary.
The Halifax youngster celebrated his 16th Birthday a few days after that superb run and will make his debut for Great Britain at the championships which take place between July 5-8. At the first edition of these championships in 2016, the British team topped the medal table winning five gold medals and 13 overall.
On Saturday (June 23) Burgin is set to compete at third British Milers’ Grand Prix of the season in Loughborough, where he will be joined by New Zealand double Olympic medalist Nick Willis on the start line.
European U18 leaders Keely Hodgkinson, Kane Elliott and Thomas Keen go in the women’s 800m, men’s 1500m and 3000m respectively in the highly competitive endurance events. Keen is ranked second in the world in the age-group, while Rory Leonard – who has also been selected in the 3000m – ranked in third place.
In the men’s 400m, Ben Pattison and Ethan Brown impressed at the England Championships, beating their U20 opponents to claim the top two positions. They are ranked second and third in the European U18 rankings this year so they will be eyeing the podium places come July.
“The U18 age group is incredibly competitive in the country this season and we are very pleased to have selected such a strong squad of athletes,” said Team Leader, Femi Akinsanya. “It is a great opportunity for these young athletes to compete on the international stage and I’m excited to see how they perform on this stage and what they can learn from their experience.”
The Irish team was announced on Thursday and includes Sophie O’Sullivan, the daughter of Olympic silver medalist Sonia O’Sullivan, and Sarah Healy, who ran the fastest U18 European 1500m in 32 years last Saturday (June 16).
The full British team for the European Athletics U18 Championships is below:
100m: Amy Hunt (*subject to fitness), Cassie-Ann Pemberton
400m: Hannah Foster, Natasha Harrison
800m: Keeley Hodgkinson
1500m: Emily Williams
3000m: Charlotte Alexander, Kiara Frizell (*subject to fitness)
2000m Steeplechase: Elise Thorner
100m Hurdles: Lucy-Jane Matthews, Marcia Sey
400m Hurdles: Jasmine Jolly
Shot Put: Hannah Molyneaux, Serena Vincent
Triple Jump: Lily Hulland
Pole Vault: Jade Spencer-Smith
400m: Ethan Brown, Ben Pattison
800m: Max Burgin
1500m: Kane Elliott, Jacques Maurice
3000m: Thomas Keen, Rory Leonard
2000m Steeplechase: Ben Thomas
110m hurdles: Sam Bennett, Jordan Ricketts
400m Hurdles: Karl Johnson
High Jump: Dominic Ogbechie
Shot Put: Lewis Byng, George Hyde
Javelin: Max Law
Decathlon: Ollie Thorne, Jack Turner