4th July 2021


Wanda Diamond League, Stockholm, 4 July

Keely Hodgkinson (coach: Trevor Painter, club: Leigh) moved to third on the women’s 800m UK all-time list, behind only Dame Kelly Holmes and Kirsty Wade, as she ran 1:57.51 in Sweden. The time also improved her British U20 record which previously stood at 1:58.89.

She was fourth overall in a very quick race which was won by Rose Mary Almanza (CUB) from Natoya Goule (JAM) in 1:56.28, a meet record.

Just a week on from her British record clearance in Manchester, Holly Bradshaw (Scott Simpson, Blackburn) was back in strong form as she ended the women’s pole vault competition in second place.

She entered at 4.51m and cleared that height on her first attempt. A second time clearance at 4.61m moved her into second, but three fouls at 4.71m brought an end to her series, with Authorised Neutral Athlete, Polina Knoraz winning after clearing 4.71m.

There was an outdoor 800m lifetime best for Elliot Giles (Jon Bigg, Birchfield) as he posted a time of 1:44.05 to finish third overall. Marco Arop (CAN) took the pace on over the last lap, but as he faded in the final stages, Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich (KEN) overhauled him for the win, but the Canadian just managed to hold off the British champion. Jamie Webb (Adrian Webb, Liverpool) finished in eighth place.

There was a third-place finish for CJ Ujah (Ryan Freckleton, Enfield and Haringey) in the men’s 100m. He clocked 10.10 (-0.8) to finish behind Ronnie Baker (USA) [10.03] and Lamont Marcells Jacobs (ITA) [10.05].

In the women’s 200m, a week on from confirming her Tokyo spot, Beth Dobbin (Leon Baptiste, Edinburgh) ran solidly for fourth in 22.84 (-0.4).

There was a PB of 49.16 for Chris McAlister (Marina Armstrong, Thames Valley) in the 400m hurdles as he came through in fifth position in the race.

Meanwhile, British champion Jazmin Sawyers (Lance Brauman, City of Stoke) jumped 6.57m for fifth position in the women’s long jump

Aimee Pratt (Vicente Modahl, Sale Harriers Manchester) was 10th in the women’s 3000m steeplechase in a time of 9:39.12.

There were a trio of PBs for the Brits in the men’s non-Diamond Race 800m. Archie Davis (Joel Kidger, Brighton Phoenix) improved his best to 1:44.72 as he finished narrowly behind Kenya’s Jonathan Kitilit in a time of 1:44.68. Piers Copeland (Bob Smith, Wimborne) was the next Briton across the line in 1:45.77 for third, while Jake Heyward (Mark Rowland, Cardiff) was fifth in 1:45.47.

In the men’s 3000m steeplechase, Zak Seddon (Jeff Seddon, Bracknell), who was called-up to the Olympic team earlier this week, was second overall in a season best of 8:23.22 behind Ethiopia’s Samuel Firewu in 8:20.27.

In one of the non-Diamond Race events earlier in the programme, David King (Tim O’Neil, City of Plymouth) ran a time of 13.63 (0.8) for third in the men’s 110m hurdles. Koen Smet (NED) won in 13.59.



Wanda Diamond League, Oslo, Norway, 1 July

Eilish McColgan (Liz Nuttall, Dundee Hawkhill) broke the women’s 5000m British record after a phenomenal performance saw her post a time of 14:28.55 at the Bislett Games.

The Scottish athlete, who will compete over the 5000m and 10,000m in Tokyo, revised the previous best, which was set by Paula Radcliffe in 2004, the time 14:29.11. McColgan finished fourth overall in a very quick race.

Daryll Neita (Rana Reider, Cambridge) ran well to post a time of 11.06 (-0.3 m/s) in the women’s 100m which was won by the Ivory Coast’s Marie-Josee Ta-Lou in 10.91.

In the long jump, Tokyo-bound pair Jazmin Sawyers (Lance Brauman, City of Stoke) and Abigail Irozuru (Aston Moore, Sale Harriers Manchester) placed fourth and sixth in the competition. Sawyers jumped 6.54m while Irozuru’s best mark of the series measured at 6.34m.

Adelle Tracey (Craig Winrow, Guildford and Godalming) was seventh in the women’s 800m in a time of 2:00.82, while Charlie Da’Vall Grice (Brighton Phoenix) was ninth in the Svein Arne Hansen Dream Mile in a time of 3:54.97.



Newham Evening 100m, Stratford, 30 June

T12 100m European bronze medallist, Zac Shaw (Leon Baptiste, Cleethorpes), improved his PB to 11.02 (2.0) in London. He has lowered his career best three times during June.

In the same race, Thomas Young (Joe McDonnell, Charnwood) ran 11.07 to continue his consistent form so far this season.

European T38 400m bronze medallist Ali Smith (Benke Blomkvist, Guildford and Godalming) sliced 0.12 off her previous best over the 100m sprint, revising her PB to 13.11 (1.1). She also ran 13.21 (0.6) which was also inside her previous PB.