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Beagles’ Finette called up to Commonwealth Games squad

PUBLISHED: 16:00 01 November 2017

Finette Agyapong celebrates her gold medal at the European under-23 Championships last summer

Finette Agyapong celebrates her gold medal at the European under-23 Championships last summer

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Newham athletes off to the Gold Coast next April

Asha Philip and Rabah Yousif with youngsters from the Bobby Moore Academy Asha Philip and Rabah Yousif with youngsters from the Bobby Moore Academy

Last season was a pivotal one in the athletics career of Newham & Essex Beagle Finette Agyapong and it seems that next year is going to be just as important for the talented sprinter.

The 20-year-old stormed to a 200 metre gold medal in the European under-23 Championships in Bydgoszcz in Poland.

She also competed in the European Senior team championships in Lille, France as well as her debut Diamond League display in Monaco.

Finette reduced her personal best for the distance to 22.86 seconds and also signed a lucrative sponsorship deal with Puma.

Now she is celebrating after being selected for the Commonwealth Games which take place in the Gold Coast in Australia next April.

There was one surprise for the Plaistow youngster though as she has not been selected for her specialist 200m event, that goes to the more experienced Dina Asher-Smith and Bianca Williams.

Instead, she goes in the 4x400m relay team, where she will certainly gain some vital experience for the future.

There are a number of other Beagles who have been selccted for the Games.

Asha Philip will go in the 100m and the relay, while Olympic champion Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake is in the 200m and the sprint relay.

Robbie Grabarz has been selected for the high jump, while completing the Beagles is Rabah Yousif who has been selected for the 4x400m relay.

All of that is subject to change and the likes of Agyapong and Yousif could find themselves in individual events if injuries strike other athletes.

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