2 June 2014
Gotzis, May 31/June 1
Katarina Johnson-Thompson (coach: Mike Holmes) pulled off a sensational victory to score a world leading score of 6689 points. That added 200 points to her previous best score and puts her third on the UK all-time lists behind Olympic champions Jess Ennis and Denise Lewis.
It was a hard fought victory and only won on the final event.
She started well with a 13.44/-0.5 PB in the hurdles though that only placed her seventh and she then moved into contention with a top class 1.90m high jump and that put her in second place.
She lost ground with her weakest event, the shot, where her 12.17m throw was only the 32nd best of the 33 competitors and she dropped to sixth place. In the final event of day one, she responded magnificently with a 22.89/1.5 200m which took close to half a second off her PB and was an European Championships qualifier in that event and moved her to second in the Power of Ten 200m rankings!
Overnight she was lying in second place, 15 points behind the Canadian Brianne Theisen Eaton.
She achieved another European Championships event standard in the long jump as she was the best jumnper on the day with a 6.70m/0.1 leap and that have her a 21 point lead with two events remaining.
Her superb form continued in the javelin as she set a lifetime best of 41.44m, though that was only the 17th best throw and she dropped to third after six events as her 5690 trailed Nafissatou Thiam of Belgium’s 5725 and Eaton’s 5695.
The Briton was the best 800m runner there though and her 2:08.16 win ensured a 6682 total and a 41 point victory over Eaton as Thiam faded badly to fifth.
Johnson-Thompson wasn’t the only British performance of note though as Morgan Lake (Eldon Lake) continued her relentless progress and the 17 year-old went third in the world Junior lists for 2014 with a big PB score of 6081 points.
She started solidly with a 14.32/0.2 hurdles and then moved up with a 1.87m high jump. Her best result of the weekend though was the shot. She annilihated her 13.38m PB with a sensational 14.85m, which puts her top of the Under-20 Power of Ten rankings. It also actually moved her up to fifth in the standards and temporarily ahead of Johnson-Thompson.
She carried on the excellent form to finish day one with a near half second PB in the 200m with 24.59/1.4.
Her second day was solid though she did drop back in the standings as she achieved a 6.03/0.0 long jump, a 39.74m PB in the javelin and a near PB of 2:22.98 in the 800m.
Ashley Bryant (Ian Grant) also had a sensational performance in the men's decathlon as he went third in the UK all time lists behind Daley Thompson and Dean Macey with a PB score of 8141 points in eighth place to easily better the European Championships standard of 8050 points.
His marks were 11.09/-0.2 in the 100m, 7.52/0.7 in the long jump, 13.77m in the shot, 1.94 in the high jump, 49.10 in the 400m, 14.38/0.9 in the hurdles, 43.31m in the discus, 4.56m in the pole vault, an excellent 69.65m in the javelin and 4:33.83 in the 1500m.
John Lane (Antonio Minichiello had an excellent first day and was eighth overnight on 4144 points and ahead of Bryant but fared less well on day two and ended up 12th with 7846 points.
Bedford International Games, May 31/June 1
The highlight was Adam Gemili (Steve Fudge) winning the 100m in a fast 10.08/1.7.
Danny Talbot (Daniel Cossins) improved his PB to 10.14 in second and both times were inside British Athletics European Championships qualifying standard of 10.20. Gemili now lies first in the Power of Ten rankings but such is British sprinting standards this summer that Talbot ranks just sixth.
In one of the women’s 100m, European junior 200m champion Dina Asher-Smith (John Blackie) showed goodf form with a 11.21/1.6 to be just outside her 11.20 PB. Runner-up Ashleigh Nelson (Michael Afilaka) ran a PB 11.28 to set a European Championships qualifier but that puts her sixth in the Power of Ten rankings.
Paralympic champion Hannah Cockroft (Jennifer Banks) set a world record in the T34 Wheelchair 1500m with 3:53.57. Fifteen year-old Isaac Towers set a T34 UK men’s record of 3:36.44 in the wheelchair 1500m.
Rachel Wallader (Geoff Capes) set a PB in the shot of 16.76m to go second in the Power of Ten rankings. Chioma Matthews (Frank Attoh) went top of the Power of Ten outdoor triple jump rankings with a 13.40/-0.6 winning jump. There was also a victory in the javelin for Goldie Sayers (Mark Roberson) with a 59.34 throw.
Mark Dry (Tore Gustafsson) won the hammer with a season’s best of 72.34m to improve his hold on third place in the UK Power of Ten rankings. Jade Lally (Andrew Neal) finished second in the women’s discus with 57.55m, to be just three centimetres below her Power of ten top ranking performance.
Nathan Fox (Frank Attoh) won the triple jump with a PB 16.69/0.3 to narrowly defeat Nathan Douglas (Aston Moore) who jumped 16.65/0.2. These performances put them second and third in the Power of ten outdoor rankings. Isabel Pooley (Fayyaz Ahmed) won the high jump with 1.90m to go equal second on the Power of Ten outdoor rankings.
Oordegem-Lede, Belgium, May 31
Niall Flannery won the 400m hurdles in 48.96, taking over half a second off his PB to go top of the Power of Ten rankings with the fastest time in Europe this year. Sebastian Rodger (James Hillier) finished second in 49.51 going third in the rankings and also going well inside the European Championships standard of 49.80.
James Wilkinson (Philip Townsend) took 11 seconds off his 5000m PB to go third in the Power of Ten rankings and better the European Championships standard of 13:35.00.
There was a victory for Olympic finalist Lawrence Clarke (Malcolm Arnold) who clocked 13.61 in the 110m hurdles whilst Alison Leonard (Bud Baldaro) won the women’s 800m in a PB 2:01.81 to go fourth in the rankings.
BMC Manchester, May 31
Former European Indoor 3000m champion Helen Clitheroe (Terrence Mahon) won the 5000m in a season’s best of 15:24.40 to better the European Championships standard of 15:30.00 and go third in the Power of ten rankings.
European 800m champion Lynsey Sharp (Rana Reider) won the 800m in a season’s best of 2:01.68 to go fourth in the Power of Ten rankings. In the women’s 1500m, Charlene Thomas (Aaron Thomas) took victory in a season’s best of 4:11.38 to go fifth in the UK rankings. In the same race, both Amy Griffiths (Mick Woods) third in a PB 4:17.21 and Bobby Clay (Pete Mullervy) fourth in 4:17.61 bettered the World Junior qualifying mark of 4:18.00.
European junior 1500m champion Jake Wightman (Geoff Wightman) won the men’s 1500m in a PB 3:41.40, his second Glasgow 2014 qualifying standard. Shaun Wyllie went top of the under-20 rankings with his fifth place PB of 3:43.68 but just missed the World Junior qualifying mark of 3:43.00.
In the 3000m steeplechase 19-year-old Katie Ingle (Margaret Riley) took seven seconds off her PB with 10:13.99, well inside the World Juniors qualifying standard of 10:20.00 to go top of the Power of ten rankings.
Welsh Championships, Cardiff, May 31/June 1
European 400m hurdles champion Rhys Williams (Adrian Thomas) won in a season’s best of 50.0 to go fourth in the Power of Ten rankings.
David Omoregie (Mike Guest) won the 110m hurdles by almost a second in a big PB over the senior hurdles of 13.61 which puts him third on the junior all-time lists. The 18 year-old's time puts him fifth in the senior Power of ten rankings and is superior to the World junior qualifying mark over the shorter junior hurdles.
Hannah Briar (Neal Merry) finished second in the women's 100m in 11.57/1.7 and that time not only put her top of the Pof10 under-17 rankings but was also inside the World Junior Qualifying mark of 11.60.
Brett Morse (Andy Brittan) won the discus with a season's best of 61.67m to increase his hold on the top of the Power of ten rankings.
Lee Doran (Chris Watts) won the javelin with 76.61m to go top of the Power of Ten rankings.
IPC Athletics Grand Prix, Grosseto, Italy, May 31
Aled Davies (Anthony Hughes) set a world record in the F42 discus with 48.69m. He also won the shot with a 14.39m throw.
BMC Eltham, May 28
Sophie Mansfield (Jon Bigg) and Sabrina Sinha (Mark Newell) went one-two in the Power of ten under-17 800m rankings with their PB times of 2:08.94 and 2:09.20.
Namur, Belgium, May 28
Meghan Beesley (Nick Dakin) won the 400m hurdles in 55.55 to go second in the Power of ten rankings and better the European Championships standard of 56.00. Hayley McLean (Steve Mitchell) finished second in a PB 56.50 to go third in the rankings, with Shona Richards third, also running a PB 56.79 to go fifth in the senior rankings. The time is the second fastest ever by a GB & NI junior behind Perri Shakes-Drayton and is again well inside the World Junior standard of 58.50.
Bottrop, Germany, June 1
Chris Tomlinson achieved one of his best ever long jumps with a 8.23m/1.8 victory. That was well over the European Championships standard of 8.00m and puts him second in the Power of Ten rankings to Greg Rutherford's British record of 8.51m.
Nathan, Australia, May 31
Former world champion Phillips Idowu (Gary Bourne) had his best result for a few years as he won with 16.99m/0.0 as he went over the European Championships standard of 16.75m.