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Beagle Agyapong flies the British flag in France

PUBLISHED: 15:20 15 June 2017 | UPDATED: 15:25 15 June 2017

Finette Agyapong of Newham & Essex Beagles will run the 200m at the European Cup in France this weekend

Finette Agyapong of Newham & Essex Beagles will run the 200m at the European Cup in France this weekend

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There will be three Newham & Essex Beagles’ athletes at next week’s European Cup in France

Rabah Yousif will run the relay in LilleRabah Yousif will run the relay in Lille

Newham and Essex Beagles will have three athletes flying the Great Britain flag at the European Cup in France next weekend.

Finette Agyapong, Rabah Yousif and Asha Philip will be part of a progressive squad for the competition which takes place in Lille, between June 23 and 25.

The team will be a mixture of young and up and coming talent as well as seasoned professionals in the field and relay events.

Agyapong, the reigning British Indoor Champion over 200 metres, is ranked seventh in the UK over the distance after clocking a personal best of 23.24 seconds in a race in France last month.

Asha Philip is the current british indoor champ at 100m and she will run the sprint relay in FranceAsha Philip is the current british indoor champ at 100m and she will run the sprint relay in France

It will certainly be a good experience for the local youngster as she prepares for the World Championship trials in Birmingham on July 1 and 2.

The other two Beagles athletes are more experienced and will take part in the relay events.

Yousif, who was injured earlier in the season, bounced back with a season’s best of 45.76 at the start of the month in Marseille.

That put him fifth in the UK rankings and he will look to increase his fitness and sharpness when he takes part in the 4x400m relay in Lille.

Lastly, British indoor 100m champion Asha Philip will run in the sprint relay.

The Beagle has been in fine form this season and with a talented team around her, she will be hopeful of collecting a medal in France.


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