3rd May 2021
WEEKEND UPDATE - 1-3 MAY
North Florida Invite, Jacksonville, USA, 29-30 April
Lina Nielsen (Ryan Freckleton) ran inside the Olympic Games qualifying standard in the 400m hurdles as she set a personal best of 55.27 in Jacksonville.
After improving her PB to 56.19 a week earlier at the Drake Relays, the Shaftesbury Barnet athlete was in stunning form as she sliced a significant portion off her PB. It also moved her to joint tenth on the UK all-time list over the distance as well as second on the world list for 2021.
The next day she returned to improve her lifetime best in the 400m, posting a time of 52.56.
Texas Invitational, Austin, Texas, 30 April
Jodie Williams (Ryan Freckleton; Herts Phoenix) ran inside the Olympic qualifying standard for 400m, recording a time of 51.32 in Austin. Her PB of 51.22 stands from 2019 and this was her fastest time since then. She won the race at the Mike A. Myers Stadium.
Pure Athletics Sprint Elite Meet, Clermont, Florida, 2 May
CJ Ujah (Ryan Freckleton; Enfield and Haringey) ran a wind-assisted 10.06 (2.3) in the heats of the 100m in America. Cramp hindered his progress in the final as he eased to the line in 10.36 (2.1).
In the women’s long jump, Shara Proctor (Rana Reider; Birchfield) returned to form by jumping 6.77m (1.9), her best since 2019, and Jazmin Sawyers’ (Lance Brauman; City of Stoke) furthest jump measured at 6.75m (2.7), so they earned first and second place respectively.
BWRA Championships, Coventry, 1-2 May
Sammi Kinghorn (Rodger Harkins; Red Star) was in action at the meeting competing in the 100, 200m and 400m in Coventry. Over 100m and 200m she clocked season bests of 16.58 (+0.6) and 29.81 (-1.0) respectively, while she also won the 400m in 56.46.
In the same race there was also season bests for Kare Adenegan (Job King; Coventry) who posted 17.87 over 100m, 32.11 (-1.0) in the 200m and 2:03.95 in the 800m. She also clocked 1:01.66.
Results to follow
Southampton Invitation Throws Event, Winchester, 2 May
Lawrence Okoye (John Hillier; Croydon) threw his best distance in the discus since 2012. His effort of 65.56m was the best mark of his series.
BMC Regional Races, Gillingham, 3 May
Columba Blango (Chris Zah; Shaftesbury Barnet), who was called up for the World Para Athletics European Championships earlier this week, celebrated the news by clocking a European record in the T20 400m, running a time of 48.60.
Results to follow
Guernsey Athletics Track & Field Series, 2 May
In his first race since 2019, Cameron Chalmers (Matt Elias; Guernsey) returned to action with a time of 45.98 which was the quickest time posted in Guernsey.
Spring Special Open, Nuneaton, 1 May
2020 British champion Andrew Morgan-Harrison (Alex O’Gorman; Kingston upon Hull) won the 200m in 20.96 (-0.9) to begin his 2021 campaign. While in the 400m Alex Haydock-Wilson (Michael Baker; Windsor Slough Eton and Hounslow) won the men’s race in 46.59
Elsewhere, Cameron Fillery (Michael Baker; Woodford Green Essex Ladies) was triumphant in the men’s 110m hurdles running 13.78 (0.2) from James Weaver (Michael Baker; Enfield and Haringey) who clocked 13.85.
Megan Marrs (Alex Nwenwu; Windsor Slough Eton and Hounslow) won the women’s 100m hurdles from Alicia Barrett (Toni Minichiello; Chesterfield), their times 13.70 (-0.8) and 13.74.