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Young Beagle ready to take on best athletes in Europe

PUBLISHED: 09:30 22 June 2017

Finette Agyapong with her silver medal at the England under-23 championships

Finette Agyapong with her silver medal at the England under-23 championships

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Newham & Essex Beagles star Finette Agyapong goes into the blocks with the cream of Europe this weekend as she flies the flag for Great Britain at the European Cup in France.

Finette Agyapong with her silver medal at the England under-23 championshipsFinette Agyapong with her silver medal at the England under-23 championships

The 21-year-old second-year law student from Plaistow was a surprise selection for what is a progressive British team and nobody was more surprised than Agyapong herself.

“When I got the call I was a bit flabbergasted and I just said ‘Are you sure? Have you got the wrong person?’” she laughed.

They did mean her and Agyapong warmed up for the championships by breaking her 200 metre personal best and winning a silver medal at the England under-23s on Sunday.

“At the start of the year I won the British Indoors and I thought that would set me up nicely for the year,” she said. “My main aim was to get the qualifying time and get selected for the European under-23s, so to have been selected for the senior team is amazing.

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

“I couldn’t believe it, but now I am there I am hoping to get to the final if I can.

“I am not sure if other countries are putting in younger teams, I know the French have a strong squad, so I will be up against some top athletes.”

It will not be the first time that the young Beagle has been in France this season. Her Newham coach Coral Nourrice sent her to Tergnier in May.

“I think it was an important race for me,” she revealed. “I needed to run against people I didn’t know so I could really focus and not worry about anything else and it worked.”

It certainly did. Agyapong ran a new personal best of 23.24 for 200m, a time that she improved on Sunday to 23.23, though she felt she could have run faster.

“I was warming up and we all realised that there was not going to be a heat because there was only eight of us there. It was a shame because I wanted to iron a few things out in the heat so I could really go for it in the final,” she said.

However she does this weekend, it will be just a bonus and Agyapong has other, bigger goals to aim for.

“I want to go to the European under-23s, which is in Bydgoszcz in July, then I would love to make the final of the World Championship trials.

“I am also aiming to get under 23 seconds this year.”

Big aims, but the ambitious youngster is certainly going the right way.


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