18th June 2022


There was a superb national record for Lizzie Bird in the women’s 3000m steeplechase at the seventh Wanda Diamond League meeting of the season in Paris, France.

Lizzie Bird (coach: Pat McCurry, club: Shaftesbury Barnet) revised her own British record in the women’s 3000m Steeplechase after a stunning performance. As Bahrain’s, Winfried Mutile Yavi split up the field inside the first lap with the fast pace and a very quick race unfolded with a series of personal bests being set across the field.

Bird ran a time of 9:19.46 which sliced 0.22 off her previous record which she set during the Olympic final last year, running away from Swiss athlete, Chiara Scherrer to earn fourth position overall in the race. Yavi won in a world leading time and PB of 8:56.55.

Daryll Neita (Marco Airale, Cambridge Harriers) ran a season best and the third quickest time of her career to finish second in the women’s 100m. She got a solid start and as Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (JAM) moved away to win in 10.67 (0.5), the Briton produced a fine display to clock 10.99 to hold off Marie-Josee Ta Lou (CIV).

Later in the programme there was a third-place finish for Cindy Sember (Jeff Porter, Woodford Green Essex Ladies) in the women’s 100m Hurdles. The 2016 Olympic fourth placer came through strongly over the barriers, pipping France’s Cyréna Samba-Mayela to the line in 12.73 (-0.4), while the race was won in an African record of 12.41 by Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan

Andrew Pozzi (Stratford-upon-Avon), running in lane one, finished sixth in the men’s 110m hurdles final, recording a time of 13.49 (-0.2) in a race won by America’s Devon Allen in 13.16. The 2018 World Indoor 60m hurdles champion had earlier progressed from his heat as a next fastest qualifier after finishing fourth in a time of 13.54 (-1.7).

Elsewhere, after clearing his first two heights at 5.35m and 5.50m at the first time of asking, Harry Coppell (Scott Simpson, Wigan & District) bowed out at 5.65m with three fouls to end the men’s pole vault competition in joint eighth place.

In a super quick men’s 800m, Elliot Giles (Jon Bigg, Birchfield) did not manage to get into contention and ultimately finished in ninth position. He sat at the back of the pack as the leaders went through 400m in 49.74, but the Briton couldn’t move through the field on the final lap and crossed the line in a season best of 1:45.94