16th June 2022


Keely Hodgkinson earned a third Diamond League win in a row, and there were lifetime bests for Jake Wightman and Neil Gourley on a frantic night of action at the Bislett Games in Oslo for the Wanda Diamond League.

Keely Hodgkinson (coach: Trevor Painter, club: Leigh) won the battle of the British Olympic silver medallists as she comfortably won the women’s 800m with Laura Muir (Andy Young, Dundee Hawkhill) in second.

Hodgkinson went through at the bell in around 57.20, and expertly led the field as the pacemaker stepped off the track, and although several athletes were lining up behind her on the final bend, she easily accelerated away to win in 1:57.71. Muir had to go wide with 150m to go to make a move to rbing her into contention, and it was a successful one as she came through for second in 1:58.09 ahead of Renelle Lamote (FRA), while Jemma Reekie (Andy Young, Kilbarchan) was eighth in 1:59.83.

Hodgkinson, who earned her third Diamond League win of the season, said: “I was fairly happy, but I wanted faster, a win is a win though. It was great to have that race with Laura and she’s running well. I’m trying to take it week by week, but I love championship racing and running the rounds, so I’m looking forward to Eugene. Athing Mu took my world lead, so I want it back and I’m looking forward to facing her at the World Championships.”

There were PBs for both Jake Wightman (Geoff Wightman, Edinburgh) and Neil Gourley (Ben Thomas, Giffnock North) in a superb Men’s Dream Mile to conclude the Diamond League programme in Oslo. Wightman went with the ferocious pace of Jakob Ingebrigtsen and Ollie Hoare as that trio were locked in a great battle. The Briton fell off the pace of the Norwegian as the latter just missed Steve Cram’s European record with a time of 3:46.46.

The Edinburgh athlete improved his PB to 3:50.30, a time that put him eighth on the UK all-time list, and took third place behind Hoare who ran an Australian record of 3:47.48. Gourley came through strongly for fourth place in a personal best of 3:52.91.

Reece Prescod (Enfield & Haringey) was second behind Andre de Grasse (CAN) in the men’s 100m in a time of 10.06 (0.5). With only 0.01 separating the pair, it was a very close contest, with South Africa’s Akani Simbine third in 10.09. Ojie Edoburun (Stuart McMillan, Shaftesbury Barnet) was eighth in 10.30.

There was a season best for Beth Dobbin (Leon Baptiste) as she finished second in the women’s 200m which was won by Ida Karstoft (DEN). The Edinburgh athlete ran 23.01 (0.8) as the Dane ran a national record of 22.73 for first.

Jessie Knight (Marina Armstrong, Windsor Slough Eton and Hounslow) was third, and Lina Nielsen (Shaftesbury Barnet) was fifth in the women’s 400m hurdles. As Femke Bol (NED) won in a meeting record of 52.61, there was a battle on for the other placings in the sprint to the line after the final hurdle. Knight had positioned herself well throughout the race and a late burst saw her claim third in 54.81, while Nielsen closely followed in 55.06.

GB & NI women’s 4x400m of Ama Pipi (Marco Airale, Enfield & Haringey), Lina Nielsen, Jessica Turner (Nick Dakin, Amber Valley & Erewash) and Jessie Knight narrowly beat Norway by 0.01 in a time of 3:28.57 in an exciting sprint for the line.

The women’s 5000m unfolded as the rain started to bounce down in Oslo, with Jess Judd (Mick Judd, Blackburn) finishing 13th in 15:00.17. Eilish McColgan (Liz Nuttall, Dundee Hawkhill) had led the way for the first 2500m, but as the Karoline Bjerkeli Grovdal (NOR) took on the pace at the front, the Briton found herself at the back of the leading pack, and with 1000m to go, she withdrew from the race. Dawit Seyaum (ETH) won in 14:25.84.

Earlier in the programme, Sophie McKinna (Paul Wilson, Great Yarmouth) finished ninth, throwing 16.64m in round three. Elsewhere, Sam Atkin (Mike Collins, Lincoln Wellington) pulled up in the men’s 5000m so did not finish.