7th September 2020

WEEKEND UPDATE - 07/09/2020

World Athletics Continental Tour Gold, Chorzow, Poland, 6 September

Laura Muir (coach: Andy Young; club: Dundee Hawkhill) secured back-to-back 1500m victories and bagged a meeting record of 3:58.24 as she led the performances in Poland.

Muir shattered the previous record of 4:01.80 with a comfortable run, finishing more than a second clear of closest challenger, Sofia Ennaoui (POL), who herself was just outside the Polish 1500m record. Eilish McColgan (Liz Nuttall; Dundee Hawkhill) clocked 4:06.35 to secure fifth position.

Over two laps of the track, Guy Learmonth (Justin Rinaldi; Lasswade) recorded a season’s best 1:45.57 in a closely fought 800m, moving himself up to sixth on the British rankings for 2020. The time was Learmonth’s fastest clocking over 800m for two years.

Fresh from taking bronze at the Müller British Athletics Championships in Manchester on Friday night, Amy Hunt (Joe McDonnell; Charnwood) returned to the track over 100m and took fourth place in the women’s 100m in 11.59s (-0.2), while Rabah Yousif (Carol Williams; Newham & Essex Beagles) recorded a season’s best 46.05s for fourth place over 400m.


Wanda Diamond League, Brussels, Belgium, 4 September

Sir Mo Farah (Gary Lough; Newham & Essex Beagles) recorded the one hour world record as he racked up 21.330km in Brussels on Friday night. In one of the Diamond League’s world record showpiece events, Farah and Belgium’s Bashir Abdi went toe-to-toe for much of the contest, but it was Farah who emerged on top with a late kick away from his rival, to record the longest distance on a track in history over a one-hour time frame.

Reigning heptathlon world champion Katarina Johnson-Thompson (Bertrand Valcin; Liverpool) recorded season’s bests in the 100m hurdles and high jump, clocking 13.57s on the track for fourth place and clearing a best of 1.84m in the field to take sixth spot.

Richard Kilty (Benke Blomkvist; Gateshead) took soxith position in the men’s 200m with a 21.27s (0.1) showing, while Charlie Grice (Jon Bigg; Brighton Phoenix) was fifth over 1500m courtesy of a 3:38.22 performance.



Meeting Pro Athlé Tour de Marseille, Marseille, France, 3 September

Laura Muir (Andy Young; Dundee Hawkhill) and Jemma Reekie (Young; Kilbarchan) continued their winning streak as they secured victories in the women’s 800m and 1500m races respectively.

Muir was in commanding form, sealing the win in 2:00.16. Fellow Brits Adelle Tracey (Craig Winrow; Guildford & Godalming) and Shelayna Oskan-Clarke (Derek Thompson; Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow) were fourth and eighth in times of 2:01.86 and 2:05.54 respectively.

Reekie held off the challenge of Romania’s Claudia Bobocea to take the win in the 1500m, recording a time of 4:02.20, while Eilish MColgan (Liz Nuttall; Dundee Hawkhill) was fourth in 4:05.59.

Elliot Giles (Jon Bigg; Birchfield) ran a personal best over 800m, lowering his time to 1:44.68, to go top of the UK ranking in 2020. Four British men have gone sub 1:45 since the return to action, and Giles joined that list following his second place finish behind world bronze medallist, Ferguson Cheruiyot (KEN). Guy Learmonth (Justin Rinaldi; Lasswade) was third in 1:46.57, while Kyle Langford (Bigg; Shaftesbury Barnet) was seventh in 1:47.55.

In the women’s 100m, Daryll Neita (Rana Reider; Cambridge) ran a time of 11.56 (11.1) on her way to third. Meanwhile, Piers Copeland (Bob Smith; Wimborne) ran a lifetime best of 3:37.00, over 1500m, which took him seventh on the 2020 UK rankings over the distance.



Welsh Athletics Throws Open, Swansea, 6 September

There was a significant personal best for F44 discus thrower, Harrison Walsh (Swansea), who measured a mark of 55.50m. It was an improvement by four metres on his previous best – 51.30m – set in March in Loughborough.


London Inter Club Challenge U20, Senior & Masters Open, 6 September

Fresh from sealing British Championship titles in Manchester, Nic Percy (Vesteinn Hafsteinsson; Shaftesbury Barnet) and Kirsty Law (Zane Duquemin; Shaftesbury Barnet) were back in action at Lee Valley.

For Percy, he continued that winning feeling, throwing 59.28m. Law, following a personal best of 57.95m to win the national title on Friday evening, recorded a mark of 57.66m, while Jade Lally (Duquemin; Shaftesbury Barnet) – silver medallist at the Manchester Regional Arena – threw a season best of 58.95m.