5th February 2022
SPAIN TRIUMPH AT FIRST DNA MEET; SELMAN BAGS 800M PB
Spain were the outright winners of the six-way international battle at the Dynamic New Athletics (DNA) meeting at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, which also included second-placed England and third-placed Ireland, as well as Wales, Portugal and Scotland.
There were 10 events across track and field with points at stake – first place awarded 12, second 10, third eight, fourth six, fifth four and two for sixth. These points all decided the handicap and the running order for the 11th and final event of the day – the Hunt – the winner of which would take the inaugural title.
Scotland’s Jenny Selman (Fife) enjoyed a day to remember, picking up maximum points in the DNA meeting and lowering her 800m PB in her two races on the day.
Just prior to the DNA meeting getting underway, she had run her way to an 800m World Indoor Championships and Commonwealth Games qualifying time with a personal best of 2:00.72, an improvement from 2:01.84 set just last week.
The Scot had been due to run in the Hunt but the withdrawal of Laura Muir resulted in a rejig of her duties for the day and just 70 minutes later Selman found herself on the start line again.
One again going in the 800m, her performance raised the roof as she chased down and pipped Ireland’s Louise Shanahan right on the line. Selman clocked 2:04.73 ahead of Shanahan’s 2:04.82.
Elsewhere, Olympian Scott Lincoln (Paul Wilson, City of York) took full points in his shot put battle for first place with Spain’s Carlos Tobalina, the Englishman being the only competitor to clear 20m as he threw 20.13m to secure victory.
One of the highlights of the day came in the unique 2x2x200m relay. Teams of two athletes – one male and one female – alternated legs of 200m, with each running two. The English duo of Thomas Somers (Newham and Essex Beagles) and Amy Hillyard (Stewart Marshall, Birchfield) hit their stride with the format best, storming to victory in 1:39.71, ahead of Spain (1:41.50) and Scotland (1:42.40).
The men’s 60m contest saw British indoor champion Andrew Robertson (Sale Harriers Manchester) grab victory for England in 6.62 from Welshman Jeremiah Azu (6.64) (Helen Patricia James, Cardiff) and Ireland’s Israel Olatunde (6.68) in a fast race.
In the women’s 60m, Maria Isabel Pérez of Spain took full points in a winning time of 7.22, from Ireland’s Molly Scott (7.33) and Scotland’s Alisha Rees (7.36) (Leon Baptiste, Edinburgh) who captained her country in the event.
Heading into the final event of the day – The Hunt – Spain held a healthy 20-point lead. This translated into an advantage of 6.70 seconds before their nearest challengers, Ireland and England, could set off in pursuit.
The mixed relay format of the race began with a female 800m leg handing over to a men’s 600m, then a women’s 400m and men’s 200m. Spain got the job done well and their winning time of 4:38.46 brought them home almost 11 seconds clear of England, with Ireland taking third.
Results can be found HERE.