3rd July 2018
LOOKING BACK: BRITISH WOMEN SHINE TO BRING DOWN FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP RECORDS
There were many standout performances throughout the weekend as 36 British champions were crowned at the Müller British Athletics Championships, but it was Great Britain and Northern Ireland’s female athletes, in particular, who shone in the Birmingham sunshine.
Ugen sets world leading mark and championship record in thrilling long jump competition
Featuring world, European and Commonwealth medallists, the women’s long jump was always going to be one of the events to watch, and it certainly didn’t disappoint.
Lorraine Ugen (Shawn Jackson; Thames Valley Harriers) produced one of the performances of the weekend to jump a huge world-leading distance of 7.05m to successfully defend her title. Not only was the distance a Championship record and a new lifetime best for Ugen, but it was also the furthest any female longer jumper has jumped in 2018.
The strength in depth in women’s long jump within Britain was on show with the 26-year-old one of three athletes to jump over 6.80m. 2016 winner Jazmin Sawyers (City of Stoke) set a new personal best of 6.86m to secure silver and British Indoor record holder Shara Proctor (Rana Reider; Birchfield Harriers) jumped a distance of 6.81m to claim bronze.
Ugen and Sawyers were one of six athletes to set new lifetime bests, including Commonwealth heptathlon bronze medallist Niamh Emerson (David Feeney; Amber Valley and Erewash) who ended two busy days of competition by setting a personal best of 6.41m.
Emerson had already set a personal best in the javelin just an hour before, less than 24 hours after setting a season best in the final of the 100m Hurdles.
Success in the field for Hitchon and Lake
Two of Great Britain and Northern Ireland’s brightest talents in the field both set Championship records as they secured further British titles.
Olympic bronze medallist Sophie Hitchon (Tore Gustafsson; Blackburn) set a new championship record of 72.02m as she sealed her fifth successive British title in the women’s hammer, 10 metres further than second-placed Jessica Mayhon (Birchfield Harriers), who threw a season best of 62.51.
On Saturday, Morgan Lake (Fuzz Caan; Windsor Slough Eton and Hounslow) put on a fantastic show for the Birmingham crowd with a 1.97m Championship record-breaking performance, as the 21-year-old secured a third consecutive British outdoor high jump title.
Lake enjoyed a brilliant battle with bronze medallist Nikki Manson (Griffnock North) and silver medallist Katarina Johnson-Thompson (Liverpool Harriers) until they stalled at 1.87m and 1.90m. Lake went onto clear 1.93m and then 1.97m to set a new Championship record and claim another British title.
Dobbin and Asher-Smith sprint into the record books
At every British Athletics Championships a new star is born and this year Edinburgh’s Beth Dobbin (Leon Baptiste) stole the show in the women’s 200m with a new Championship record and a fourth Scottish record of 2018.
Dobbin, who combines her work as a receptionist with her athletics career, crossed the line in a blistering time of 22.59, finishing just ahead of Bianca Williams (Lloyd Cowan, Enfield and Haringey).
There was also a championship record for Dina Asher-Smith (John Blackie; Blackheath and Bromley) in the women’s 100m on Saturday. The British record holder produced a dominant performance to win ahead of Daryll Neita (Jonas Dodoo; Shaftesbury Barnet) in a record time of 10.97 seconds.
Full results from the Müller British Athletics Championships can be found here.