9th February 2018
PB FOR CLARKE IN MADRID
Rosie Clarke (coach: David Harmer) set an outright 3000m personal best at the Madrid leg of the IAAF World Indoor Tour whilst Eilish McColgan (Liz Nuttall) rewrote her indoor 1500m lifetime best.
Clarke – based at the National Performance Institute in Loughborough – was in marvellous form around the boards as she took nearly four seconds off her previous best. After a stint at warm weather training in Kenya, this was Clarke’s first competition of 2018 and she certainly made her mark. 8:47.30 was the time recorded as she placed fourth overall in the race won by Sweden’s Meraf Bahta.
McColgan has started 2018 in sensational form, already lowering her 10km road best in Doha and she translated that into a quick time on the track, recording 4:08.07 over 1500m for third place. Genzebe Dibaba took the overall victory in 4:02.43 but the Briton finished strongly to hold off the rest of the field.
In the 60m, Richard Kilty backed up a 6.66 clocking in the heats to place second overall in the final in a time of 6.64, narrowly been edged out by American Mike Rodgers.
Morgan Lake (Fuzz Caan) cleared 1.85m in the high jump, collecting three World Indoor Tour points for her efforts, whilst Elliot Giles (Jon Bigg) was second in heat two of the men’s 800m, crossing the line in 1:47.95, Poland’s Mateusz Borkowski winning the battle for victory.
Seren Bundy-Davies (Matt Elias) made a welcome return to the track after an injury; the 2015 European Indoor 400m bronze medallist opened her season with sixth place in the 400m, crossing the line in 54.49. In heat two, Anyika Onuora (Rana Reider) ran a time of 53.33, placing fourth overall after the completion of both heats, settling for three World Indoor Tour points.