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Commonwealth Youth Games 2011 use Thornton Sports athletics track Commonwealth Youth Games 2011 use Thornton Sports athletics track Commonwealth Youth Games 2011 use Thornton Sports athletics track

Commonwealth Youth Games 2011 use Thornton Sports athletics track

The XIth Commonwealth Youth Games recently took place on the Isle of Man from 7th - 13th September, with all athletics events hosted at the National Sport Centre in Douglas.

Thornton Contracts refurbished the National Sport Centre's athletics track in 2010. Works involved removal of the existing 6 lane athletics track and two 8 lane sprint straight surfaces, followed by complete resurfacing of the track with our IAAF approved Polyflex 950/3 sandwich track system. Associated works included modifications to the drainage system, extension of certain areas of the track, construction of new field events plus the application of new line markings.

The final day of competition at the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games saw England overtake Australia on the overall Gold Medal table, finishing with 37 Gold medals across the event's seven sports, to Australia's 29. All running, jumping and throwing events took place at the National Sport Centre. On the track all eyes were on the Kenyan athletes and they didn't disappoint; Timothy Kitum (1.49.32) out-sprinted his compatriot Leonard Kirwa Kosencha (1:50.62) on the final straight while Wiliam Malel Sitonik took the 3000m mens title.

England's women dominated the final day's track and field action with five gold medals, won by Louisa James (Women's Hammer), Katie Snowdon (Women's 800m), Emelia Gorecka (Women's 3000m), Dina Asher-Smith (Women's 200m) and their 4x100m relay team, while there was also a Gold medal for Callum Brown in the Mens Hammer. South Africa also enjoyed a successful last day's athletics with three golds, while Australia and India both won two Golds, and Scotland Sprinter Tom Holligan from Edinburgh won the Mens 200m title.

Thornton Sports' Polyflex 950/3 track system is an elite level surface and performed excellently at this international competition level. Resurfacing of the athletics track was the latest in a number of projects carried out by Thornton Sports at the National Sports Centre, with a full size sand-dressed, floodlit sports pitch also being constructed in 2008, surfaced with our in-house UK manufactured Premier 20 surface.

It's always a delight to see our high performance facilities being put to use at a national and international competition level, and we look forward to seeing many other events taking place on Thornton Sports facilities UK-wide in the future. For further information about our full range of athletics track surfaces click here.

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