Coach key in development
ATHLETICS: Stefan Amokwandoh has put his improvement in triple jump down to a winter of specialist training with John Vernon.
Whitgift School pupil Amokwandoh leapt 13.18 metres to win the U17 Surrey Schools' title and give himself another chance at national gold.
The 15-year-old won U15 gold at the English Schools Championships last summer, with very little actual tuition on triple jump beforehand, with a leap of 12.93.
Now, the teenager's best is 13.44 and he is ranked seventh in the UK already at U17 level, with many of his rivals a year older than him.
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"I've been doing a lot of technical work with John Vernon," he said of the renowned jumps coach. "I was doing football for Charlton before, but I'm focusing on athletics now.
"I had quite a good indoor season," said the sixth-placed finisher at the national indoor U17 championships that were held in February. He has recently stepped up an age group.