26th December 2022
REVIEW OF THE YEAR: JULY 2022
As we look back on an incredibly busy 2022 season in the sport, today, we turn our attention to July as three Great Britain and Northern Ireland teams brought home a number of medals, and the Commonwealth Games got underway in Birmingham.
World Athletics Championships, Eugene, Oregon
The GB & NI team returned from the United States of America with seven medals, and a new World Champion in the form of Jake Wightman after a superb performance in the men’s 1500m final as he beat Olympic champion, Jakob Ingebrigtsen (NOR).
Keely Hodgkinson sealed her maiden world medal as she won silver in the women’s 800m, finishing narrowly behind Athing Mu (USA).
There were individual bronze medals for Dina Asher-Smith (200m), Laura Muir (1500m) and Matthew Hudson-Smith (400m), while the men’s 4x100m and women’s 4x400m relay teams also grabbed world bronze.
European U18 Championships, Jerusalem, Israel
Great Britain and Northern Ireland enjoyed a medal-laden championship in Jerusalem. The team won an overall medal tally to 16, beating the previous Great Britain and Northern Ireland total of 13 medals in 2016.
All the gold medals were won by female athletes; Cleo Agyepong (shot put), Mia McIntosh (100m Hurdles), Nia Wedderburn-Goodison (100m), Charlotte Henrich (400m), Faith Akinbileje (200m), Annie Mann (1500m), Ophelia Pye (400m Hurdles) and Girls Medley Relay.
Jess Bailey won the only silver of the Championship for the team (3000m) while there were superb bronze medals for Edward Bird (3000m), Renee Regis (100m), Paige Stevens (shot put), Tendai Nyabadza (1500m), Stephanie Okoro (400m Hurdles), Iris Downes (800m) and Boys Medley Relay.
European Off-Road Running Championships, El Paso, Spain
GB & NI enjoyed a hugely successful Championships at the maiden event, winning two golds, three silvers and six bronze medals.
The Senior Women’s Team (Uphill) and U20 Men’s Team (Up&Down) reached the top step of the podium, while there was individual success for Eve Whitaker (U20 Women Up&Down), and she contributed to another silver as part of the U20 Women’s Team (Up&Down). The U20 Women’s Team in the Uphill race also bagged silver.
Bronze medallists from the Championships were Scout Adkin (Senior Women Up&Down); Finlay Grant (U20 Men Up&Down); Charlotte Rawstron (U20 Women Uphill); Senior Women’s Team (Up&Down); U20 Men’s Team (Uphill) and the Senior Women’s Team (Trail)
Commonwealth Games, Birmingham
The first athletics medals of the Games were handed out in the marathons as JohnBoy Smith claimed a fantastic gold medal for Team England in the men’s T53-54 marathon.
Sean Frame and Simon Lawson also earned podium places for Scotland and England respectively, while Eden Rainbow-Cooper sealed silver in the women’s wheelchair race.