24th June 2019
WEEKEND UPDATE: DUKE BREAKS F41 SHOT PUT IN LEVERKUSEN
Leverkusen Invitational, 22 June
Kyron Duke (Anthony Hughes; DSW Para Academy) officially confirmed his status as world record holder in the F41 shot put. Having thrown an unratified mark of 14.53m at a meeting in Portugal in April, the world silver medallist defeated reigning world champion Niko Kappel (GER) with a best of 14.19m to top the rankings with a mark subject to ratification.
In the T44 long jump as Kirsty Taylor (Morgan Jones; DSW Para Academy) leapt 4.52m (+3.9) in the mixed classification event. The T44 records were frozen at the start of 2018 due to revisions in some classifications, so Taylor set the new leading mark in the class. Her legal best was 4.29m in round two.
Continuing in the field, Luke Sinnott (Roger Keller; Bournemouth) extended his personal best to 6.27m in the long jump. He added 12 centimetres to his previous best, and with it, adjusted the European record in the T61 class.
Stef Reid (Aston Moore; Charnwood) was second in the T64 long jump behind Marlene van Gansewinkel (NED), the British athlete jumping 5.38m.
Ali Smith (Guildford & Goldalming) took a significant chunk off her 200m PB in Germany. The European T38 400m silver medallist took almost three seconds off her previous 200m best, her revised time being 28.41 (+0.5).
In the F13 discus, Amelia Elliot (Blaenau Gwent) threw a European record of 20.76m.
European Athletics Classic Meetings, Kuortane, Finland, 22 June
There were three British winners and two runners-up in Finland this weekend, Nick Miller (coach: Tore Gustafsson; club: Border) leading the way as he continued his good form to win the men’s hammer with a best throw of 75.90m.
Nathan Douglas (Aston Moore; ) produced a season’s best of 16.55m (1.1m/s) to win the men’s triple jump, whilst Holly Bradshaw and Sophie Cook (both Scott Simpson) cleared 4.46m and 4.36m respectively for a 1-2 in the women’s pole vault.
On the track, David King (James Hillier; City of Plymouth) ran a season’s best of 13.55 (1.2) to win his heat of the 110mH, before a 13.69 (0.0) clocking in the final saw him settle for second.
European Athletics Classic Meetings, Nancy, France, 22 June
Imani Lansiquot (Steve Fudge; Sutton & District) finished third in the 100m out in France, the young sprinter posting a season’s best of 11.34 (-0.5) into a slight headwind. That time puts her fifth on the Power of 10 rankings.
Golden Spike, Ostrava, Czech Republic, 20 June
Charles Da’Vall Grice (Jon Bigg; Brighton Phoenix) scored one of the biggest wins of his career over the mile at the famous Ostrava Golden Spike meeting, the Brighton Phoenix man finishing strongly over the final 50m to break the tape in 3.56.95 and overhaul Kenyan Mike Kibet.
In the women’s 1500m Sarah McDonald (David Harmer; Birchfield) almost equalled Grice’s feat as she finished a fine second in 4.03.79, with Jemma Reekie (Andy Young; Kilbarchan) finishing seventh in a personal best time of 4.05.82.
In the men’s 800m Kyle Langford (Bigg; Shaftesbury Barnet) was fourth in 1.46.08, whilst Richard Kilty (Benke Blomkvist; Middlesbrough Mandale) continued his comeback from achilles surgery with a season’s best of 10.27 to finish third in the B 100m.