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Parmiter’s pupil wins gold in sprint hurdles 

 Published on: 2nd August 2019   |   By: Amelie Gregory   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Parmiter’s pupil has won a gold medal in the sprint hurdles at the Under 18’s Student World Games in Bucharest, Romania. 

16-year-old Ralph Williams has returned home with gold medal after a week in Romania where Great Britain athletes competed. 

The competition was held at the Iolanda Balas Soter Stadium, named after the Romanian Olympic champion and former world record holder in the high jump. 

Ralph had to wait for the last day of the games for the 110m Hurdles event, the heats were held early in the morning with Ralph winning Heat 2 ahead of the French and Austrian athletes. 

His fastest heat time of 15.01 also gave him the best lane for the final where he was noticeably the smallest competitor. 

Only seven athletes ran the final race as the Austrian hurdler was disqualified for a false start. 

In the final, Ralph managed to pull ahead by the last hurdle dipping at the line to win the race in a personal best of 14.73. 

Ralphs mum, Belinda Williams, said: “I am so proud of Ralph. He has spent the last two years working towards this competition and was delighted when he received confirmation of selection in January. 

Ralph went to Romania with his sights firmly set on winning and I felt privileged to be there while he crossed the line victorious”

July has turned out to be a busy month for Ralph as he was previously selected to represent his school and Hertfordshire in the U20 110m Hurdles at Alexander Stadium, Birmingham.

Ralph has been part of Parmiter’s Athletic Team since Year 7 and has broken school hurdles and long jump records during this team.

Throughout his time at the school he has been supported by all staff and pupils, particularly, headmaster Michael Jones, assistant headteacher Mr Henson, associate assistant headteacher Mr Hughes and head of PE Mr Clark.

Ralph will be back in September to continue with his A-levels in biology, mathematics, further mathematics and physical education and he is hoping to study biology at university.

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