17th May 2021
WEEKEND UPDATE 14-16 MAY
Nottwil Grand Prix, Switzerland, 14-16 May
Hannah Cockroft (Jenni Banks, Leeds) improved her T34 800m world record for the second time in a few weeks as she recorded a time of 1:50.91 in Nottwil. It was another outstanding performance from Cockroft who sliced five seconds off the previous best set in Coventry in April.
She also won the 100m in a time of 16.87 (0.4) which was a season best.
Sammi Kinghorn (Rodger Harkins, Red Star) moved to number one in the world this year in the T53 100m and 400m following times of 16.24 (0.2) and 55.55 respectively. The double world champion was in phenomenal form across the weekend, also posting times of 29.04 (0.1) in the 200m, 1:49.55 in the 800m and 3:45.51 over 1500m.
Nathan Maguire (Ste Hoskins, Kirkby) and Richard Chiassaro (Jenni Banks, Harlow) starred in one of the most entertaining races of the competition in the men’s 800m. In a stacked heat, the pair finished fourth and fifth respectively in times of 1:34.93 and 1:35.61.
In T53-54 1500m races, heat one was a tactical affair with a number of Paralympic medallists involved; Chiassaro crossed the line eighth in the race in 3:13.63.
In heat two, the race was much faster, and David Weir (Jenny Archer, Weir Archer Academy) came out on top in 3:04.76, which was ultimately the fastest time overall. In another heat, Dillon Labrooy (Jenny Archer, Weir Archer Academy) came through in a time of 3:19.05.
In the T34 races, Ben Rowlings (Coventry) had a solid series with his highest placing in the races coming in the 800m in a time of 1:42.22.
European Athletics Race Walking Team Championships, Podebrady, Czech Republic, 16 May
Tom Bosworth (Andi Drake, Tonbridge) was the highest-placed finisher for the British contingent at the European Athletics Race Walking Team Championships as he clocked a time of 1:22:27 for 15th spot.
Also in the men’s race, Cameron Corbishley (Andi Drake, Medway and Maidstone) paced his race superbly as he improved his personal best to 1:22:50. The time as an improvement from 1:24:42 and earned him 18th place overall in the contest.
In the women’s race, Heather Lewis (Martin Bell, Pembroke) was in great form as she clocked a lifetime best of 1:34:13 for 17th position. She had improved her PB earlier this year at the Race Walking Trials at Kew Gardens with a time of 1:34:44 but she sliced a few more seconds off in the Czech Republic.
Bethan Davies (Andi Drake, Cardiff) was next in 31st crossing the line in a time of 1:37:09.
Track Meet Sound Running – World Continental Tour Bronze, Irvine, USA, 14-15 May
Daryll Neita (Rana Reider, Cambridge) scored a PB and moved inside the Olympic qualifying standard as she won in a time of 11.12 (0.6).
Elsewhere, Jodie Williams (Ryan Freckleton, Herts Phoenix) lowered her 400m to 51.01 as she continued her excellent 2021 season.
In the women’s 1500m, Katie Snowden (Dan Stepney, Herne Hill) produced a magnificent display to win a high-quality race in 4:02.98 and bag an Olympic qualifying standard.
In the women’s 5000m, European Indoor bronze medallist Verity Ockenden (Tony Houchin, Swansea) was another British woman to grab a Tokyo 2020 standard, recording a time of 15:03.51.
Amy-Eloise Markovc (Chris Fox, Wakefield) and Jess Judd (Mick Judd, Blackburn) were agonisingly outside the 10,000m standard as they clocked 31:25:91 and 31:25:90 respectively; the standard is 31:25:00. They will both represent the British team at next month’s European 10,000m Cup.
There was encouraging display from Jake Heyward (Mark Rowland, Cardiff) in the men’s 1500m as he finished second, narrowly ahead Marc Scott (Jerry Schumacher, Richmond and Zetland). The Welsh athlete posted a time of 3:36.24 compared to Scott’s 3:36.28.
Birchfield Harriers National Athletics League Warm Up, Nuneaton, 16 May
Jessie Knight (Marina Armstrong, Windsor Slough Eton and Hounslow) produced one of the standout results of the day as she won the women’s 400m hurdles race in a time of 54.78 which was a PB and inside the Olympic qualifying standard. The time also moved her up to seventh all-time on the UK rankings.
In the women’s 400m flat, Yasmin Liverpool (Stewart Marshall, Coventry) improved her PB to 51.73 as she won ahead of Hannah Williams (Glyn Hawkes, Herts Phoenix), who also marginally lowered her best to 52.49.
PAC-12 Championships, Los Angeles, 14 May
Nicole Yeargin (Quincy Watts, USC) moved to second on the UK rankings for 2021 with a strong performance over the 400m to clock a time of 51.39. It was the second sub 52s clocking of her career to date.
In the women’s triple jump, Temi Ojara moved to the top of the European U20 rankings as she improved her career best to 13.58m. It was an improvement of 38cm from her previous best set earlier this season.