21st February 2023
800M WORLD RECORD FOR HANNAH COCKROFT - WEEKEND UPDATE
Sharjah International Open Meeting, United Arab Emirates, 20 February
Hannah Cockroft (Paul Moseley, Leeds) sliced four seconds off her world record (subject to ratification) in the T34 800m with an excellent time of 1:44.43 to start her 2023 campaign off in record-breaking style. In the mixed classification race, Sammi Kinghorn (Rodger Harkins, Red Star) also improved her 800m personal best to 1:44.55, improving her best by over three seconds.
In the women’s T54 800m, Eden Rainbow-Cooper (Jenny Archer, Weir Archer Academy) continued her excellent form as she set a PB of 1:46.96 to finish second behind Patricia Eachus (SUI). Mel Woods (Rodger Harkins, Red Star) was narrowly outside her career best in 1:49.96.
In a race that saw Marcel Hug (SUI) improve the T54 800 men’s world record to 1:27.77, Danny Sidbury (Christine Parsloe, Sutton & District) seized the opportunity to take four seconds off his PB to set a time of 1:31.35 in third place, one of the fastest ever times by a Briton. Nathan Maguire (Ste Hoskins, Kirkby), who was leading the chasing group until the closing stages, crossed the line in eighth in 1:32.44.
UK Winter Long Throws Championships, Loughborough, Sunday 19 February
In the women’s hammer competition, Charlotte Payne (Paul Dickenson, Reading) continued where she left off in 2023, and won the event with a throw of 68.33m. Meanwhile in the men’s event, Chris Bennett (Andy Frost, Shaftesbury Barnet) won the men’s hammer competition with a best of 71.37m coming on the fourth throw of his series. Jake Norris (Paul Dickenson, Windsor Slough Eton and Hounslow) was second with 69.86m and Osian Jones third with 69.12m.
World U20 Championships finalist Michael Allison (Tom Dobbing, Windsor Slough Eton and Hounslow) won the men’s javelin competition with an opening round personal best of 70.45m. In fact, the top three all achieved lifetime bests; Callum Taylor (Bronwin Carter, Harrow) in second throwing 68.93m on his final effort to improve his previous best by over a metre, and Charlie Evans (Felicity Dawes) achieving a mark of 68.24m.
Emily Dibble (David Turner, Harrow) was triumphant in the women’s javelin event as she added over two metres to her career best. The throw of 49.9m was measured in round one, and she followed that up with three more efforts over 48m during her series.
Chukwuemeka Osammor (James Taylor, Sheffield & Dearne) won the men’s discus; his best mark measuring in at 58.82m, while guest athlete Babette Vandeput (BEL) won the event with a best of 53.72m. Phoebe Dawson (City of Stoke) won the UK title with a best of 53.46m.
Results are available on the Roster app.