High jumper Chris Kandu seals top spot at England Athletics Indoor Championships in Sheffield

Teen Kandu lands national record

Teen Kandu lands national record

First published in Sport

Teenage high jumper Chris Kandu set a new personal best as he came first in a record breaking performance at the England Athletics Indoor Championships in Sheffield.

The Enfield Grammar School pupil set a PB of 2.22m and broke the height competition record which was set 23 years ago.

The 18-year-old has competed for Great Britain and Team England and is currently coached by John Herbert.

The athlete also gained a qualifying jump height that enters him for the IAAF World Junior Championships in Oregon USA in July.

Kandu started jumping at the age of 13 and has enjoyed a rapid rise in the sport.

He was 45th in the UK Under-15 rankings in 2009 but within a year had jumped 1.90m to climb up to second in the rankings.

In 2011, Kandu managed 2.06 m which made him first in the UK Under-17 standings.

His progression continued last year when he jumped 2.18m to become the top Under-20 high jumper and this is a position he still holds.

Kandu [pictured] has been training alongside Olympic bronze medallist Robbie Grabarz and is hoping to make a big impression at the world junior championships this summer.

If anyone is interested in sponsoring him then you can contact Lauren Solomon at Enfield Grammar School on 0208 363 1095.

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