Wakefield Harriers’ Amy Eloise Markovc strikes Euro gold

Wakefield Harriers are celebrating a European champion after club member Amy Eloise Markovc won gold in the 3,000m at the European Indoor Championships in Poland.

Britains Amy-Eloise Markovc celebrates after winning the women's 3000 meters final at the Poland European Indoor Athletics Championships in Torun, Poland. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Britains Amy-Eloise Markovc celebrates after winning the women's 3000 meters final at the Poland European Indoor Athletics Championships in Torun, Poland. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Markovc (nee Neale) is a 25-year-old from Stockport who is based in America at the University of Washington, but when she is back in Britain she runs for Wakefield.

She became the first Harrier to break a British record in a competition in America last month.

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And now she has added the 3,000m European indoor title after dominating last night’s final in a personal best time of eight minutes 46.43 seconds.

Britains Amy-Eloise Markovc, crosses, crosses the finish line to win the women's 3000 meters final at the Poland European Indoor Athletics Championships in Torun, Poland. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Fellow Briton Verity Ockenden took the bronze medal.

Leeds City long jumper Jacob Fincham-Dukes finished seventh in his final with a best leap of 7m79.

Sheffield and Dearne’s Lee Thompson finished fourth in his 400m semi-final but it was not enough to qualify for today’s final.

Elsewhere, Holly Mills was fifth in the pentathlon.

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