12 September 2011
Samsung Diamond League, Zurich, September 7
Daegu disappointment turned into Diamond League delight for Jenny Meadows (coach: Trevor Painter) as the Wigan athlete won the overall women’s Diamond League 800m. Meadows’ third place position in Zurich was enough to see her climb to the top of the leader board and reward the ‘pocket rocket’ for an extremely consistent summer season. World Championship bronze medallist Andy Turner (Lloyd Cowan) had to settle for fifth place in the men’s 110m hurdles. Goldie Sayers (Dan Pfaff) ended her campaign with a fifth spot finish in the women’s javelin.
Golden K Mile, London, September 9
In the shadow of the Olympic Stadium, Commonwealth champion Jo Jackson (Andi Drake) set a new UK record in the Golden K mile race walk. The Middlesbrough & Cleveland athlete smashed 14 seconds off her previous personal best to record a time of 6:41.2. The result cements an excellent end to the season for Jackson, who finished in 23rd spot in the 20k race walk at the recent World Championships in Daegu. The 26-year-old was understandably delighted with her performance: “It’s always great to set a national record and it goes some way towards making up for my frustrating performance in Daegu.”
Personal bests seemed to be the order of the day in London as Tom Bosworth (Andi Drake) clocked a lifetime best of 6:12.4 in the mile race walk and Beccy Collins (Douglas Hopkins) moved up to 14th in the UK all time best list with a personal best of 8:01.7.
IAAF World Challenge, Rieti, September 10
Five members of the Aviva GB & NI squad who competed at the World Championships in Daegu made the journey to Italy to take part in the IAAF World Challenge event. Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, Marlon Devonish, Andrew Osagie, William Sharman and Christine Ohuruogu were amongst the star names in Rieti. Performance of the day went to Osagie (Craig Winrow) who won race B and was close to his 800m PB with a time of 1:45.65. Elsewhere, Olympic champion Ohuruogu (Lloyd Cowan) ran her second best time of the season – 51.80 to finish in fourth. Aikines-Aryeetey (Michael Khmel) and Devonish (Dan Pfaff) finished fourth and seventh respectively in the 100m final, while Sharman (Malcolm Arnold) came home in fifth spot.
IAU World 100km Championship, Winschoten, September 10
Silver was the colour for Jo Zakrewski (Dumfries Running Club) at the IAU World 100km Championship. A time of 7:41.6 was enough to seal a deserved medal in hot and humid conditions. The performances of Zakrewski’s team mates Ellie Greenwood, Karen Rushton and Sue Harrison earned the team a bronze medal overall.
ISTAF, Berlin, September 11
Jemma Simpson (Mark Rowland) was Britain’s sole representative in Germany. The 800m specialist has endured a frustrating season with injury but will have been buoyed with a fifth place finish in a time of 1:59.59. The result moves Plymouth-born athlete into third sport in the McCain power of 10 rankings.
Bristol Half Marathon, Bristol, September 11
The 23rd Bristol Half Marathon saw Britain’s Gemma Steel win the women’s race in a personal best time of 73.23. Edwin Kiyego from Kenya was the first man to cross the line in the men’s race. Britain’s James Connor, who recorded a time of 66.17, finished the highest placed UK athlete.
Commonwealth Youth Games, Isle of Man, September 7-9
It was medals galore over the weekend for the UK’s emerging talent at the Commonwealth Youth Games. England, Wales and Scotland earned a total of 13 gold medals.
UKA/RWA/EA National 10km Champs & McCain UKA Race Walking Challenge Final 10km Men & Woman, London, September 11
It was a top two Canadian finish at the UKA 10km race walk championships at the challenging Victoria Park on Sunday afternoon. Evan Dunfee was the outright winner with fellow countryman Inaki Gomez finishing in a close second. At the half way 5km point, the pack remained tight but a sudden burst of pace from Dunfee and Gomez enabled the duo to break free to contest the race between themselves.