Derbyshire Institute of Sport

Alicia Barrett sets PB at World Juniors as Eva claims European bronze

Derbyshire Institute of Sport (DIS) sprint hurdler Alicia Barrett set three new personal bests on her way to finishing sixth in the World Junior (Under-20s) Championships.

The 18-year-old, from Chesterfield (pictured right, on the left), ran the second quickest time by a junior in a Great Britain vest as she clocked 13.15secs in the final, held in Bydgoszcz in Poland.

Alicia, also on the ICON bursary programme, had earlier finished second in heat two in a new best time of 13.35 behind Tia Jones of the USA (13.04).

She then marginally improved on that in the semi-final with 13.34, which was enough for her to make it through to the final as one of the two third fastest losers.

The closely contested, high-quality final was won by Elvia Herman of Belarus in a new championship record time of 12.85.

Former Derbyshire Schools’ Sport Association Awards Sportsperson of the Year winner Alicia is coached by Tony Minichiello, who also coaches Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill.

“I am so happy, I can’t believe I have just done that,” she told Athletics Weekly. “Everything went to plan. I don’t think I hit a hurdle. I am very proud, even though I was beaten by a 15-year-old!”

There’s also been a significant success for another DIS and ICON athlete, archer Eva-Henderson-Hirst (pictured below, centre), who won a bronze medal at the European Youth Championships in Romania.

The 17-year-old, from Flagg in the Derbyshire Dales, took a place in the podium in the Recurve Cadet Women Team event in partnership with Eleanor Piper and Alyssia Tromans-Anselll.

As athletes on the DIS, both Alicia and Eva DIS athletes are given extensive support through expert coaching, bespoke strength and conditioning programmes, physiotherapy and nutritional and lifestyle advice.

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