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Jo Pavey
26 May 2015 

FBK Games, Hengelo, Holland, May 24

The standout British performance of the weekend came at the FBK Games in Hengelo on Sunday in the Women’s 100m, where 19-year-old Dina Asher-Smith (coach: John Blackie) became Britain’s quickest female sprinter of all time after breaking the national 100m record with a time of 11.02. Finishing just behind Asher-Smith, teammate Asha Philip (Steve Fudge) also broke her personal best in the same race as she finished third in a time of 11.10 – the third fastest time ever by a British woman.

Both Brits finished behind European champion Dafne Schippers, who ran a Dutch record of 10.94. Of her record breaking performance, Asher-Smith said: “At first I didn’t think it was too good, I was looking at Dafne’s time and thought it was amazing but knew that I was nowhere near so I thought it was a wasted opportunity but then my time flashed up a bit of time later and I was absolutely over the moon. I really wasn’t expecting to run that time with that kind of race that I ran so I was really happy.”

Meanwhile, in the men’s event Chijindu Ujah (Jonas Tawiah-Dodoo), who ran 9.96 at the same meeting last year, took first place in a time of 10.09, ahead of South Africa’s Akani Simbine in 10.12 and British rival Adam Gemili (Steve Fudge), who clocked 10.19 in third.

In the 3000m, Laura Muir (Andy Young) finished second behind Kenya’s Irene Jelagat, who ran a world lead of 8:36.90.  Clocking an impressive 8:38.47, Muir now moves up to third on the UK under-23 all-time list.

In a season where she plans to defend her World championship crown, Christine Ohuruogu (Lloyd Cowan) claimed second in the 400m, clocking 52.27, behind the Ukrainian winner Olha Zemlyak (52.13), with fellow Brit Anyika Onuora (Rana Reider) taking third with 52.35.

Other results at the meet saw Lawrence Clarke (Malcolm Arnold) win the 110m hurdles clocking 13.54; Danny Talbot (Dan Cossins) narrowly missed out on a win in the 200m, taking second in a time of 20.67; in the women’s 1000m Jenny Meadows (Trevor Painter) claimed third place in a time of 2:36.13, with Jess Judd (George Gandy) finishing eighth in 2:39.52.


BUPA London 10,000m, May 25  

Andy Vernon (Nic Bideau), who has only recently returned from injury, showed that he is back to his best winning the men’s race in 28.38 ahead of Jonny Mellor (Steve Vernon), who clocked 29:13 for second place. Vernon’s time was the quickest at the event since Mo Farah (Alberto Salazar) set the British record of 27.44 back in 2010.

European champion Jo Pavey (Gavin Pavey) shrugged off an illness that threatened her place on the startline to win the women’s race from Rebecca Murray (Alex Stanton) in 32:56.

The 41 year old said afterwards: “I really didn’t know what to do after last night. I threw up all night and I was freezing. I just couldn’t keep anything down. It was a real gamble to run but I’m so glad I did. To win after a night like that is surreal. It was so hard to judge what to do, but my legs didn’t feel that bad in warm up, and then after a few kilometres I really got into it.”


BUPA Westminster Mile, May 24

David Weir (Jenny Archer) added another world record to his long list of accolades with a 3:02 performance at the Bupa Westminster Mile. The six-time Paralympic champion narrowly missed out on breaking the three minute barrier, but after taking the scalp of long-time rival Marcel Hug, he will be in confident mood ahead of another busy summer season. Weir’s training partner Mo Jomni (Archer) and European gold medallist finished in fourth place in 3:44.

After the race, Weir said: "It's great to get the world record again, but it's a shame not to get sub-three,"

"Marcel went off like a rocket but I took the rest of the race on. I'm gutted because I've been doing sub-three in training all week. It's just the bends on this course that make it so hard."

Racheal Bamford (Mike Baxter) was the winner of the women’s race clocking 4:39, narrowly seeing off the challenge of Charlene Thomas (Aaron Thomas) and Hannah England (Bud Baldaro), who were one and two seconds behind respectively. In the men’s equivalent, it was a win for Adam Clarke (Mick Woods) who, like with the women’s race, finished just a second ahead of his nearest rival, Jonny Hay (Woods), in 4:05.

Sparkassen Hammerwurf, Frankisch Crumbach, Germany, May 23

It was a British one, two in the hammer at the Hammerwurf meeting in Germany on Saturday. Chris Bennett (Mick Jones) threw 74.42m, pushing fellow Scot and Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Mark Dry into second place.


Internationales Pfingstsportfest, Germany, May 25  

European 400m silver medallist Matthew Hudson-Smith (Tony Hadley) moved to the top of the 2015 UK rankings with a 45.25 performance in the 400m A race from GB & NI teammate Rabah Yousif (Carol Williams), who finish in second in 45.89.

Lynsey Sharp (Rana Reider) was second in the 800m behind France’s Renelle Lamote, who clocked 1:59.39 – the second fastest time in the world in 2015. Sharp finished in 2:01.93 in her second race of the outdoor season.  


South & East Wales Regional Championships, Newport, May 23

London 2012 Paralympian Rhys Jones (Keith Antoine) took a well-deserved bronze in Newport clocking 12.38 into a strong headwind of 2.9. 


IAAF World Challenge, Ponce, Puerto Rico, May 23

Lorraine Ugen (Shawn Jackson), who soared to a lifetime best of 6.92m at the opening IAAF Diamond League of the season in Doha, produced a best jump of 6.53m in Ponce, Puerto Rico to finish in third place, 13cm behind eventual winner Yariadamis Arguelles.


Warwickshire / Leicestershire & Rutland County Championships, Nuneaton, May 23

Kare Adenegan (Job King), one of the rising stars of British Athletics, showed her undoubted ability winning the T34 100m, 200m and 400m titles in Nuneaton over the weekend.

Sam Ruddock (Jim Edwards), who has only recently turned his hand to shot put continued to show his consistency throwing out to 12.12m in the F35 shot put.

Josh Bain (Paul Welch) was also in fine form throwing a new personal best of 11.68m in the F37 shot put.


Somerset County Championships, Yeovil, May 23-24

World T46 javelin gold medallist Hollie Arnold (Anthony Hughes) put down her best ever season opener in Yeovil, as the 20 year old showed her early summer form with a best throw of 38.97m.

European T38 bronze medallist Bradley Wigley (Jane Coia) continued his promising sprinting career with victory in the ambulant 100m posting a time of 11.97. In the same competition, Sam Bowen (Hughes) was in record breaking form, throwing a new lifetime best of 8.02m in the F44 shot put, while Holly Neill (Andrew Roda) went out to 6.84m in the F41 shot put – a season’s best for the 2013 World bronze medallist. 


More results to follow shortly.