RORY DWYER lived up to his billing as pre-competition favourite as he claimed an impressive high jump victory at the England Athletics Under 20 Championships in Bedford on Sunday.
The event acted as the trials for the upcoming World Junior Championships, which take place in Bydgoszcz, Poland, at the end of July, and Dwyer’s efforts ensured he will be part of the action in Eastern Europe.
Ranked number one in the country heading into the event, Stratford Athletic Club’s Dwyer was the favourite and rose to the challenge as he jumped brilliantly.
His personal best before the event was 2.16m from 2014 but he was elated to clear a new best of 2.17m to win the event.
With this height in the bag, Dwyer went on to attempt 2.20m and only just failed on the third attempt.
The win at this height, which is the qualifying standard, guarantees Dwyer a place at the World Junior Championships and he was thrilled by the prospect.
“It was an unbelievable day, I jumped a new PB of 2.17m and won the under 20 nationals which gives me automatic selection for the World Junior Championships in Poland,” said Dwyer.
“Massive thank you to everyone who has helped and supported me to this point. Now the hard work can begin!”