29th January 2023
WEEKEND ROUND-UP [27-29 JANUARY 2023]
World Indoor Tour Bronze, Manchester, 28 January
Keely Hodgkinson (coach: Trevor Painter, club: Leigh) broke the world indoor best for 600m setting a time of 1:23.41.
The Olympic silver medallist took 0.03 off the previous world best which had stood since 2004, set by Olga Kotlyarova.
Reece Prescod (Marco Airale, Enfield and Haringey) clocked a European Indoor Championship qualifying standard as he won his heat in 6.60 in Manchester. The time took him to the top of the UK rankings so far in 2023.
World Indoor Tour Gold, Karlsruhe, Germany, 27 January
Dina Asher-Smith (John Blackie, Blackheath and Bromley) captured the British record in the women’s 60m as she clocked 7.04 to win in Germany.
The Olympic, world and European medallist ran a PB of 7.07 in the heats, shaving 0.01 off her previous best, and returned to the final to revise the record books with the 7.04 mark. This improved upon Asha Philip’s time of 7.06.
Daryll Neita (Marco Airale, Cambridge Harriers), in her season opener, was fourth in the final in a time of 7.16.
George Mills (Brighton Phoenix) set a world lead time of 3:35.88 on his way to victory in the men’s 1500m. The time was also an indoor personal best.
John Thomas Terrier Classic, Boston, USA, 27 January
Another British record fell, this time in the men’s 3000m as Sam Atkin (Mike Collins, Lincoln Wellington) set a phenomenal time of 7:31.97 to beat Mo Farah’s previous record of 7:32.62.
Tokyo Olympian Atkin set the quickest time by a British man, outdoors or indoors, over the distance on his way to second overall in the race.
Razorback Invitational, Fayatteville, USA, 27-28 January
Nicole Yeargin (Boogie Johnson, Pitreavie) and Amber Anning (Chris Johnson, Brighton & Hove) both moved up the UK indoor 400m lists with fine performances in Arkansas.
Yeargin improved upon Eilish Doyle’s Scottish indoor record with her time of 51.02, which also saw her leap up to fourth in the UK all-time list (indoors).
Anning improved her outright 400m PB to 51.56 and the time saw her move to sixth on the UK all-time list (indoors).
World Indoor Tour Bronze, Nantes, France, 28 January
Eugene Amo-Dadzie (Steve Fudge, Woodford Green Essex Ladies) became the fourth British man to run a Euro Indoors qualifying standard so far this year, running a time of 6.62 in the final in France. He ran a time of 6.65 in the heats and returned not long afterwards to go inside the 6.63 time for Istanbul.
Sally Pearson Shield, Nathan, Australia, 28 January
Commonwealth medallist Jade Lally (Zane Duquemin, Shaftesbury Barnet) opened her season with an encouraging throw of 60.88m at the meeting in Australia.
World Indoor Tour Final Silver, Dusseldorf, 29 January
Jeremiah Azu (Marco Airale, Cardiff) sealed 60m victory in Germany and clocked a European Indoors qualification standard in the process. He ran 6.65 to qualify for the final, and dipped to 6.60 in the final to tie at the top of the rankings with Reece Prescod.
In the long jump, European bronze medallist Jazmin Sawyers (Aston Moore, City of Stoke) opened her 2023 campaign with a solid 6.50m jump to finish second.