23rd December 2018
YEAR IN REVIEW: APRIL-JUNE
As we continue to look back on the 2018 British athletics year, we focus on the period between April and June including the Commonwealth Games, the IAU / ITRA World Trail Championships, the World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships and the WPA Marathon Cup….
25 medals were won by the home nations (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland & Wales) at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in Australia. 16 for Team England, 4 for Team Wales, 4 for Team Scotland and 1 for Team Northern Ireland.
Wales’s Hollie Arnold claimed her first Commonwealth Games title in the F46 Javelin competition, winning it on the final throw which improved her world record to 44.43m.
Nick Miller claimed the British Hammer throw record, surpassing Martin Girvan’s 33-year-old mark to claim gold at the Commonwealth Games. His 80.26m effort was the first throw ever over 80 metres by a Briton, the previous best was 77.54m.
There was a second British record of the Games courtesy of Tom Bosworth, who claimed silver in the 20km Race Walk in a personal best of 1:19.38 to lower his previous mark by 80 seconds.
Charlotte Morgan was crowned World Long Distance Mountain Running Champion in May. The Scottish athlete completed the challenging 32.2km rocky course in 3:08.24, leading home the British team of Victoria Wilkinson, Nichola Jackson, Holly Rush and Georgia Tindley to the silver medal as well.
Derek Rae, David Weir and Rob Smith were all victorious at April’s London Marathon, which included the World Para Athletics Marathon Cup. Rae won the T46 contest for the first time, while Weir won a record eighth T54 title, before Rob Smith brought home the T51/T52 crown.
At the IAU / ITRA World Trail championships back in May, Tom Evans earned an individual spot on the podium as he claimed bronze in 8:49:35 over the 85.3km race (53mile). Not only a solid run personally, but he also contributed to the team of Jonathan Albon, Ryan Smith, Tom Owens, Rob Sinclair and Casey Morgan winning the silver medal.
Zharnel Hughes broke the 10 second barrier for 100m in Jamaica, equalling James Dasaolu’s 9.91 mark to go joint-second on the UK all-time list. It was his first time under the 10 second barrier, something he would achieve a further four times, albeit with one wind-assisted time.
Fellow Briton Reece Prescod also ran sub-10 with a wind-assisted 9.88 at the Eugene Diamond League. He would get an official mark of 9.94 later in the summer at the Muller Grand Prix Birmingham in August.