14th September 2020
WEEKEND UPDATE - 14/09/20
ISTAF, Berlin, 13 September 2020
Laura Muir (coach: Andy Young; club: Dundee Hawkhill) and Laura Weightman (Steve Cram; Morpeth) brought home a British one-two in the women’s 1500m in significant times.
For Muir, it was a world lead of 3:57.40 as she continued her unbeaten run over the middle distances. Weightman came agonisingly close to clocking sub four minutes for the first time in her career, but sliced 0.08s off her previous best, posting 4:00.09. Melissa Courtney-Bryant (Rob Denmark; Poole) crossed the line in fourth in 4:02.34.
In the women’s 100m, British Championships silver medallist Kristal Awuah (Matthew Thomas; Herne Hill) impressed as she crossed the line third in a season best behind Dafne Schippers and Marie-Josee Ta Lou.
Jazmin Sawyers (Lance Brauman; City of Stoke) jumped a best of 6.67m to finish third in the women’s long jump, while Abigail Irozuru (Sale Harriers Manchester) was fifth as she measured a furthest jump of 6.54m.
In the 3000m steeplechase, British champion Aimee Pratt (Vincente Modahl; Sale Harriers Manchester) continued her solid run of form as she crossed the line in fourth just ahead of Rosie Clarke (Rob Denmark; Epsom & Ewell) – the times for the pair; 9:32.50 and 9:32.59. Lizzie Bird (Shaftesbury Barnet) was 13th in 9:55.21.
There were sixth places for Ojie Edoburun (Steve Fudge; Shaftesbury Barnet) (10.60) in the 100m and Chris McAlister (Marina Armstrong; Thames Valley) (51.03) in the 400m hurdles, while Harry Coppell (Scott Simpson; Wigan & District) was eighth in the pole vault with a best of 5.42m.
British Wheelchair Athletic Association, Stoke Mandeville, 12 September 2020
Hannah Cockroft (Jenni Banks; Leeds) set four personal bests across the T34 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m to complete a successful last outing on the track during the short 2020 season.
The times were 100m (16.71), 200m (30.09), 400m (55.98) and 800m (1:49.85). However, they will not stand as world records as the event was not sanctioned by World Para Athletics and there was no doping control present.
Elsewhere, there was an entertaining men’s 800m wheelchair race as Canada’s Brent Lakatos narrowly came out on top ahead of Nathan Maguire (Ste Hoskins; Kirkby), their times 1:40.25 and 1:40.60. David Weir (Jenny Archer; Weir Archer Academy) returned to the track to record a time of 1:41.05 for third place.
In the seated throws events, Ed Clifton (BWAA) won the javelin and shot put recorded marks of 23.63m and 8.85m respectively. It was an improvement of almost two metres from his previous best in the F56 javelin.
ETC September Invitational Throws Series, Moulton, 12th September
Zara Obamakinwa (Mark Chapman; Blackheath & Bromley) improved the women’s British U17 discus best to 51.69m improving Emma Merry’s mark. It was her first ever throw over 50 metres with the 1kg discus and in doing so, increased her PB by over four metres.
Lewis Byng (Stuart Carlaw; Stratford-upon-Avon), throwing the 6kg weight, improved the listed men’s British U20 record – subject to ratification – in the men’s shot put after an effort of 19.71 metres.
Antrim Coastal Half Marathon, Antrim, 13 September
Three British men went under 61 minutes over the 13.1 miles distance in Northern Ireland. Sir Mo Farah (Gary Lough; Newham & Essex Beagles) was triumphant as he surged away from the field over the last few kilometres to win in 60:27.
On his debut over the half marathon, Marc Scott (Jerry Schumacher; Cambridge & Coleridge) followed his British Championships 5000m victory with a time of 60:39 which moved him to third on the UK all-time list.
Moving into fourth on the UK all-time list was Ben Connor (Derby) who impressed with a time of 60:55 to clock the first sub 61-minute run of his career.
In the women’s race, Lily Partridge (Birchfield Harriers) sealed the win in a time of 71:36 ahead of Samantha Harrison (Vince Wilson; Charnwood) who followed 22 seconds behind. Clara Evans (Cardiff) captured third place in a lifetime best of 72:21.
Setafa Throws Festival, Portsmouth, 13 September
Serena Vincent (Bronwin Carter; City of Portsmouth) became only the fifth British U20 shot putter in the women’s all-time rankings to throw over 16 metres. Competing on home soil, she threw 16.10 metres to sit behind Judy Oakes.
Poznan Athletics Grand Prix, 11 September
There were fourth British victories in Poland for Kristal Awuah, Piers Copeland, Alex Bell and Jess Turner.
Awuah ran 11.44 (0.2) and 11.37 (0.5) to triumph in the women’s 100m, while Jess Turner (Nick Dakin; Amber Valley & Erewash) recorded a season best of 55.89 to win the women’s 400m hurdles with British Championships silver medallist, Lina Nielsen (Ryan Freckleton; Shaftesbury Barnet), third in 57.30.
Copeland (Bob Smith; Wimborne) ran a fine race to win in 3:37.51 over the 1500m while there was a lifetime best for British champion George Mills (Jon Bigg; Brighton Phoenix) who was fifth in 3:38.06.
Also, in the middle-distance events, Alex Bell (Andrew Henderson; Pudsey & Bramley) came out on top in the women’s 800m in 2:01.60 closely followed by Adelle Tracey (Craig Winrow; Guildford & Godalming) in 2:01.71.
In the throws, British Championships silver medallist Amelia Strickler (Zane Duquemin; Thames Valley) was third after a throw of 17.16 metres.
PTS Meeting, Samorin, 11 September
Cindy Ofili (Jeff Porter; Woodford Green Essex Ladies) and Laviai Nielsen (Christine Bowmaker; Enfield & Haringey) continued their winning form from Manchester last weekend as they won in Slovakia.
Ofili clocked 12.99 (0.5) in the 100m hurdles while Nielsen ran 51.70 to win the women’s 400m.
DASH Series, Bromley
Blackheath and Bromley star Dina Asher-Smith (John Blackie) once again raced on her home track, this time over 150m, as she posted a time of 17.12 (0.4) which was marginally outside Bianca Williams’ UK best.
Ostrava Golden Spike, 8 September
Jake Wightman (Geoff Wightman; Edinburgh) ran the fastest 800m by a British man since Andrew Osagie the the Olympic Games final back in 2012 as he ran 1:44.18 to win in Ostrava. It also took him to tenth in the UK all-time rankings.
Laura Muir was another winner in the women’s 1500m as she clocked 1:58.84, while Holly Bradshaw (Scott Simpson; Blackburn) rounded off her season with victory in the pole vault as she cleared 4.60m for the 70th time in her career.