8th June 2021
PERFORMANCES UPDATE 1-8 JUNE
Copenhagen Athletics Games, Denmark, 8 June
Lawrence Okoye (John Hillier, Croydon) grabbed the Olympic qualifying standard in the men’s discus, throwing an excellent 66.30m to win the competition in Denmark.
There were also wins for Cameron Fillery (Michael Baker, Woodford Green Essex Ladies) and Archie Davis (Joel Kidger, Brighton Phoenix) in the men’s 110m hurdles and 1500m respectively. Fillery won in a PB of 13.46 (1.1) with James Weaver (Michael Baker, Enfield and Haringey) second in a PB of 13.47, while Davis won the endurance contest in 3:38.49 which was also a lifetime best.
Paavo Nurmi Games, Turku, Finland, 7-8 June
Naomi Ogbeta (tom Cullen, Trafford) jumped a legal 14.22m (0.5) in the triple jump out in Finland. After posting the wind-assisted 14.29m mark in Gateshead last month, this was the furthest legal jump of her career.
In the men’s 110m hurdles, David King (Tim O’Neil, City of Plymouth) ran a PB of 13.37 (-0.1) to win the race overall.
Memorial Josefa Odlozila, Prague, 7 June
George Mills (Jon Bigg, Brighton Phoenix) posted a PB of 3:36.42 in the men’s 1500m for fourth position, while there were season bests for Ashleigh Nelson (Michael Afilaka, City of Stoke) and Desiree Henry (Mike McFarlane, Enfield and Haringey) in the women’s 200m, posting 23.19 (1.2) and 23.30 respectively.
FBK Games, Hengelo, Netherland, 6 June
Dina Asher-Smith (John Blackie, Blackheath and Bromley) claimed victory in the women’s 100m with a season best of 10.92 (0.8), while Daryll Neita (Rana Reider, Cambridge) ran a lifetime best of 11.04, well inside the Olympic standard, for third place.
Jake Wightman (Geoff Wightman, Edinburgh) and Jemma Reekie (Andy Young, Kilbarchan) sealed victories in the men’s 1500m and women’s 800m respectively, while there was a season best of 51.44 for Laviai Nielsen (Christine Harrison-Bloomfield, Enfield and Haringey) in the women’s 400m.
Chula Vista High Performance #5, USA, 6 June
Jazmin Sawyers (Lance Brauman, City of Stoke) jumped a personal best of 6.90m (1.9) which doubled as an Olympic qualifying standard. She added four centimetres to her best from 2018.
Hungarian Grand Prix Series, Tatabanya, 5 June
Taylor Campbell (John Pearson, Windsor Slough Eton and Hounslow) threw the second furthest hammer throw in British history as he recorded a distance of 78.23m.
The World University Games bronze medallist has been a strong form all year, and he unleashed the monster throw in Hungary which was over the Olympic qualifying standard for Tokyo.
Morgan Lake (Fuzz Caan, Windsor Slough Eton and Hounslow) was second in the high jump with a clearance of 1.92m while Emily Borthwick (Fuzz Caan, Wigan & District) cleared a personal best of 1.92m on her last attempt at the bar.
GP Marcha Cantones de A Coruña, Spain, 5 June
There was great news for Callum Wilkinson (Rob Heffernan) as he secured a PB and Olympic qualifying standard with a time of 1:20.32 for sixth place in a high-quality field. After a few attempts at the standard in recent months, the Enfield and Haringey athlete dipped under the mark to confirm his place for Tokyo.
Tom Bosworth (Andi Drake, Tonbridge) finished in a season best of 1:21.37 for 14th while Cameron Corbishley (Andi Drake, Maidstone and Medway) clocked 1:26.37.
In the women’s race, Heather Lewis (Pembroke) was the first Briton home in 1:35.47 with Bethan Davies (Andi Drake, Cardiff) next in 1:39.32.
Stumptown Twilight Meet, Portland, USA, 3 June
Josh Kerr (Danny Mackey, Edinburgh) set the fastest time ever on American soil, breaking the USA all-comers record in the 1500m with a time of 3:31.55.
It also moved him up to seventh on the UK all-time rankings ahead of John Mayock.
Meeting Iberoamericano, Huelva, Spain, 3 June
Holly Bradshaw (Scott Simpson) set an outdoor personal best with a clearance of 4.82m in Spain. It was also an outdoor British record, and she went on to win the competition overall
In the women’s 3000m Steeplechase more British athletics history was made as Aimee Pratt (Vicente Modahl) moved to second on the UK all-time standings with a time of 9:25.89. Not only was it a stunning PB for the Sale Harriers Manchester athlete but it was also an Olympic qualifying standard.
Gothenburg Athletics GP, Sweden, 2 June
Scott Lincoln (Paul Wilson, City of York) produced the performance of the meeting from a British perspective as he threw a PB of 20.81m in the men’s shot put.
Following victory at the European Team Championships a few days earlier, Revee Walcott-Nolan (Dale King-Clutterbuck, Luton) recorded a personal best in the 1500m, the time 4:08.28.
There were also victories for Ama Pipi (Linford Christie, Enfield and Haringey) in the women’s 200m in a time of 23.40 (0.3), Daniel Rowden (Matt Yates, Woodford Green Essex Ladies) in the men’s 800m, his time 1:45.64, and Chris Bennett who threw a season best of 75.79m in the men’s hammer.
P-T-S Meeting, Samorin, Slovakia, 2 June
Jessica Turner (Nick Dakin, Amber Valley and Erewash) continued her strong recent form with a clocking of 54.89 in the 400m hurdles to back-up her 54.77 time from a few times prior.
In the women’s 800m Jemma Reekie (Andy Young, Kilbachan) secured victory in another quality time of 1:59.60.
Meeting de Montreuil, France, 1 June
Ellie Baker (Jon Bigg, Shaftesbury Barnet) narrowly missed the Olympic qualifying standard in the women’s 800m as she posted a time of 1:59.54, just 0.04s outside the Tokyo mark. However, it was a significant PB as she finished second in the race, her third in six days.
Andrew Pozzi (Santiago Antunez, Stratford-upon-Avon) won the men’s 110m hurdles in a fine season best of 13.26 (0.5) which ranks him in the top 10 in the world this year so far.