Classy Czura reigns supreme at Hampshire Championships

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Josie Czura continued her rapid progress with a sparkling display to win the Hampshire 800m under-15s title at the Mountbatten Centre on Saturday.

The City flier set a new personal best in the final – recording a great time of 2mins 16.53 secs.

She’s one of the youngest in her age group and is now 10th in the British rankings.

Czura set off at a quick pace from lane one in the final, to ensure she did not run into traffic at the break.

That saw her quickly take command of the race and she showed her rivals a clean pair of heels, winning by nearly four seconds.

Versatile City talent Bobbie Davies, who had also been in 100m action earlier in the day, picked up a superb silver medal with a time 2.20.23.

Czura, who went on to annihilate the championship record in the 1,500m yesterday, with a spectacular winning time of 4.33.05, was delighted.

She said: ‘I am really, really happy. I never expected that.

‘I didn’t realise I got a pb in the 800m because I wasn’t looking at the time.

‘It’s quite hard because you have already done the heats but I just thought “I just have to go for it”.

The weather had been predicted to be bad for the championships on Saturday.

But apart from a huge rain shower during the men’s 800m semi-finals, it largely stayed dry.

Czura was pleased the rain stayed away while she was on track.

She also enjoyed the challenge of running from lane one.

‘It was alright because I didn’t have to break,’ said Czura.

‘I was just hoping I wouldn’t get boxed in but luckily I didn’t. I was really happy about that.

‘It had just been raining, so I was pleased it wasn’t actually raining for my race.’

Czura is already a dominant force over the 1,500m and the 3,000m.

She’s now also marked herself out as the one to watch over 800m.

City coach Vince Stamp said: ‘As a bottom year, Josie is now 10th fastest at 800m.

‘She’s already number one at 3,000m and number one at one mile.

‘But her main event is the 1,500m. The 800m is just speed.’

Davies also deserved praise for her outstanding run to add silver in the 800m to bronze in the 100m (13.13).

She also claimed a bronze in the long jump with a best of 5.15m yesterday.

Stamp said: ‘Bobbie is another bottom year and she is a 100m and 200m sprinter.

‘That was a big personal best by her for 800m. That was good work for Bobbie because she had already done the 100m.’