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UK Athletics

Weekend Update: 4-6 September

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Lynsey Sharp

ISTAF Meeting, Olympic Stadium, Berlin, Germany, 6 September

Commonwealth and European silver medallist Lynsey Sharp (Coach:Rana Reider) produced the race of her life to smash her own Scottish 800m record with a superbly judged two-lap victory in Berlin’s Olympic Stadium. The 25-year-old Edinburgh AC runner might have been knocked out in the semi-finals at the World Championships in Beijing but, after finishing runner up to Commonwealth champion Eunice Sum in Zurich on Thursday, she took the scalp of newly crowned world champion Marina Arzamasova with a clinically-executed run.

Lying third at the bell, Sharp tracked Arzamasova when the Belarussian moved to the front with 250m to go, then eased on to the shoulder of Fabienne Kohlmann when the German made a bid for glory 200m from home. The Briton surged clear off the final bend to win in 1:57.71, with  Kohlmann second in 1:58.34 and Arzamasova third in 1:58.88.

It was a supremely assured run by Sharp, who registered an improvement of 1.09 seconds on the Scottish record she set as runner-up to Arzamasova at the European Championships in Zurich last year. It was the fastest time by a female British 800m runner since Kelly Holmes’ winning run in there 2004 Olympic final in Athens and raised Sharp to third place on the UK all-time list - behind Holmes’ British record 1:56.21 and Kirsty Wade’s Welsh record 1:57.42.

European champion Tiffany Porter (Rana Reider) got the better of Germany’s World Championship silver medallist Cindy Roleder in the 100m hurdles but had to settle for third place in 12.92 (+1.5). Dawn Harper-Nelson prevailed in 12.82, 0.02 ahead of fellow-American Sherika Nelvis, with Roleder fourth in 12.95.

Double European Championship medallist Andy Vernon (Nic Bideau) was fifth in a high class 500m, running 13:25.52, while Richard Kilty (self-coached) was seventh in the men’s 100m in 10.39 (+1.1) and Desiree Henry (Rana Reider) sixth in the women’s 100m in 11.39 (+0.6). Like Henry, who competed in Amsterdam the day before (see below), William Sharman was also racing in his second meeting in 24 hours. The Belgrave Harrier finished eighth in there 110m hurdles in 13.98 (-0.1). There were two Briton in the women’s long jump, Lorraine Ugen taking eighth place with 6.23m (-1.1) and Jazmin Sawyers tenth with 6.11 (-2.0).


Flame Games, Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam,  Netherlands, 5 September

Competing in her first race since the British Championships in June, European indoor 60m hurdles silver medallist Lucy Hatton (Coach: Jerzy Masciukiewicz) revived her injury-hit season, finishing runner-up in the 100m hurdles in 13.09 (+1.9) - just 0.05 behind winner Kristin Castlin of the USA.

Desiree Henry (Rana Reider), anchor leg runner for the Great Britain & Northern Ireland quartet who set a national record of  42.10 in fourth place in the World Championship 4 x 100m relay final, locked horns with newly crowned 200m world champion Dafne Schippers in the 100m. Schippers delighted the Dutch crown with a homecoming victory in the final in 11.12 (+0.5) - ahead of Jamaica’s Sherone Simpson (11.28) and Charonda Williams of the US (11.30). Henry was next across the line , fourth in 11.33 - 0.03 quicker than her winning time in the heats, 11.36 (+1.8).

Running in the rarely-contested 600m, British indoor 800m champion Guy Learmonth (Rob Denmark) finished fifth in 1:16.70. British indoor 400m champion Nigel Levine (Linford Christie) placed fifth at his specialist distance, running 47.04.

Commonwealth and European 110m hurdles silver medallist William Sharman (Benke Blomqvist) finished sixth in the 110m hurdles, clocking 13.88 (-0.6). The race was won in 13.57 by Shane Brathwaite of Barbados. Former world junior champion Harry Aikines-Aryeetey (Rana Reider) was sixth in the opening heat of the 100m in 10.63 (+1.8). James Ellington (Linford Christie) was sixth in the second heat in 10.61 (+3.0).

Six days after helping the Gb and Northern Ireland 4 x 400m relay team to bronze medals at the World Championships, Anyika Onoura (Rana Reider) was fifth in a high class 400m race in 53.45 - 1.33 behind the victorious Novlene Williams Mills of Jamaica.  Margaret Adeoye (Linford Christie) failed to finish.



Folksam Grand Prix, Gothenburg, Sweden, 5 September

World Championship silver medallist Shara Proctor (Rana Reider) took victory in the long jump with a second round leap of  6.62m (-0.5). The British record holder passed on her last three attempts. National indoor champion Abigail Irozuru (Dan Pfaff) was third with 6.34m (-0.7)

At the age of 30, Bolton Harrier Tom Lancashire (Steve Vernon) set a lifetime best for 3000m 7:49.35, as runner-up to Eritrea’s Awet Kibrab Nftalem (7:48.50).  Aldershot’s Adam Clarke (Geoff Watkin) was fourth in 8:01.75.

British champion Nathan Fox jumped 15.94m (+0.8) for third place in the triple jump. Rachael Bamford (Mike Baxter) failed to finish the 3000m steeplechase.


Meeting Citta di Padova, Padova, Italy, 6 September

European junior champion Kyle Langford (George Harrison) finished sixth in the 800m in 1:47.22.



Richmond Running Festival, London, 6 September

Chris Thompson (Mark Rowland), runner-up to Mo Farah in the 2010 European Championship  10,000m final, produced his fastest 10km time on the roads for four years, winning the Kew 10km in 28:58. Former English Under 20 cross country champion Keith Gerrard (Art Acevedo) was runner up in 30:49. First woman home, fourth overall, was former world junior 1500m champion Steph Twell (Mick Woods). The 2015 World Championship 5000m finalist clocked 33:40. Second was  Beth Potter (Mick Woods) in 34:56.



Sainsbury’s School Games, Manchester, 4 September

Competing as a guest in the girls’ wheelchair 100m and 800m, double Paralympic champion Hannah Cockroft (Jenni Banks) got in some vital racing preparation ahead of the IPC World Championships in Doha next month. The 23-year-old was first across the line in the 100m, clocking 18.86 (-1.6), and second home in the 800m in 2:13.94. The longer event was won in 2:08.79 by triple IPC European champion Sammi Kinghorn (Ian Mirfin).

There was some notably strong competition in the girls’ ambulant sprint events.  Double IPC T35 European champion Maria Lyle (Tabo Huntley) won the 100m in 14.50 (-3.6) and the 200m in 30.01 (-2.2). T38 100m world record holder Sophie Hahn (Joseph McDonnell) was second on points in both events, clocking 13.85 and 28.57.