Müller British Athletics Championships
Manchester Regional Arena - Manchester
Friday 4th September 2020
14:22 - 21:42
Saturday 5th September 2020
10:35 - 16:18
Daniel Rowden and Harry Coppell produced two of the performances of the weekend on a thrilling two days at the Müller British Athletics Championships in Manchester. Pole vault star Coppell got the ball rolling on Friday with a stunning leap to set a new British, Championship and stadium record, clearing a height of 5.85m to retain his national title. And that was far from the only record to fall on day one, as Sophie McKinna followed in Coppell’s footsteps in the shot put to also break the record at the Manchester Regional Arena.
Coppell was awarded Müller ‘Performance of the Day’ but McKinna also sparkled as her fifth-round throw of 17.88m was enough to beat closest rival Amelia Stricker. The record-breaking antics didn’t stop there, however, as Hannah Taunton set a T20 world record in the 5000m and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey and Imani Lansiquot also reigned supreme in the 100m.
Jess Judd scooped the title but Taunton blazed a trail for para athletes by stopping the clock in 17:17.30 on her maiden appearance at the Championships. Aikines-Aryeetey won the men’s 100m while Lansiquot did the same in the women’s, and there were also triumphs for Cindy Ofili in the women’s 100m hurdles and David King in the men’s 110m hurdles. Kirsty Law clinched the crown in the women’s discus with a personal best, Jazmin Sawyers won the women’s long jump and there were also victories for Hannah Cockroft and Sophie Hahn on a brilliant first day of action.
Coppell stole the show on day one but it was all about Rowden on Saturday, as he edged out Jake Wightman by 0.3s in a men’s 800m thriller at the Manchester Regional Arena. Rowden emulated Coppell’s exploits in winning Müller ‘Performance of the Day’ but there were plenty of highlights to choose from, on a day where 25 champions were crowned and seven more stadium records were broken. And there was also a world lead, Championship and stadium record from Aimee Pratt in the women’s 3000m steeplechase, crossing the line in in 9:30.73 to make further history.
Rowden against Wightman proved the box office event, however, as the 22-year-old overhauled his opponent’s lead in the last 50m on a gripping second day in Manchester. Holly Bradshaw followed up her recent Stockholm Diamond League victory by setting a stadium record in the women’s pole vault, while Phil Norman and Callum Wilkinson followed suit in the 3000m steeplechase and 5000m walk. Bradshaw soared over the bar at 4.35m to claim her eighth British title, while Norman stopped the clock in 8:32.52 and Wilkinson won with a time of 19:25.94.
Craig Murch set a stadium record with a throw of 73.24m in the men’s hammer, while Marc Scott won the men’s 5000m with another stadium record time of 13:32.98. And that capped a pulsating two days as British athletics got back underway in style, with records tumbling and standout performances aplenty on a brilliant weekend in Manchester.
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