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27 June 2016 

IAAF World Combined Events Challenge Meeting, Ratingen, Germany, 25-26 June

Jessica Ennis-Hill (coach: Toni Minichiello) produced her best heptathlon score since London 2012 to win in Germany and go second on the world rankings for 2016.

Having missed the start of the season with a minor achilles problem, the Olympic and World Champion had claimed she was in her best shape since 2012, and she proved just that with a 6733 points total.

Leading overnight with a score of 3990, Ennis-Hill had produced solid performances of 13.10 in the 100mH, 1.84m in the high jump and a 14.29m shot put. She capped the day off with a meeting record of 23.36 over 200m.

With the weather improving slightly from the cold, wind and rain of day one, the British record holder leapt to a long jump personal best of 6.63m in the second round, delight etched across her face. A solid javelin series culminating in 44.37m and a 2.11.46 800m meant she ended the day 64 points up on her winning performance in Beijing, and just 32 points shy of Brianne Theisen-Eaton’s world lead set in Gotzis.

Results: http://www.iaaf.org/competitions/iaaf-combined-events-challenge/20th-stadtwerke-ratingen-mehrkampf-meeting-5909/timetable/byday 

Mannheim Bauhaus Juniorengala, Germany, 25-26 June

It was a successful weekend for the British juniors at the Mannheim Bauhaus event in Germany this weekend with personal bests and qualifying standards for the IAAF World Junior Championships, taking place next month in Bydgoszcz.

In the women’s 200m Finette Agyapong (Coral Nourrice), who had won in Bedford but outside the standard, ran an excellent race with a lifetime best of 23.55, inside the 23.70 standard, to finish second on the day.

In the 110m hurdles, James Weaver (Julie Hollman-Dodoo) followed up his second place at last week’s U20 trials in Bedford with a big personal best and first place in 13.33, comfortably inside the 13.65 standard.

George Armstrong (Michael Swain), also second in Bedford last weekend, won the discus with a personal best throw of 58.80m, well above the standard of 58m.

Edinburgh AC’s Cameron Tindle (Henry Gray) finished second on the day in the 200m in 20.82 but unfortunately there was no wind reading recorded.

Agyapong and Tindle were also part of the British relay 4 x 100m relay teams gaining valuable experience in Germany.  The men’s quartet of Oliver Bromby (Sara Macdonald-Gray), Ryan Gorman (Karen Buck), Tindle and Rechmial Miller (Ryan Freckleton) won the ‘A’ race in 39.99 while the women’s team of Hannah Brier(Neal Murray), Charlotte McLennaghan (David Hourd), Agyapong and Megan Marrs (Tom Reynolds) were second in their ‘A’ race in 44.56.

There were additional PBs from Sophie Yorke(David Warner) and Megan Marrs (Tom Reynolds) in the women’s 100m, setting times of 11.74 (1.0) and 11.68 (1.2) respectively.

Other British winners at the event were Harry Hughes (Mike McNeill) in the javelin with a 73.57m throw in the last round and Cameron Chalmers (Daniel Cossins) whose 46.92 in a windy 400m was enough to take the victory.

European Junior Champion, Adam Hague (Trevor Fox) was second in the pole vault with a jump of 5.20m while Mollie Courtney (David Warner) picked up a second place in the 100m hurdles.

Courtney, Hague and Hughes are already selected for the British team for the IAAF World Junior Championships with the second wave of selection announced on 6 July.

Full results from Mannheim:  http://2016.junioren-gala.de/pages/en/results/2016.php


Polish National Championships, Bydgoszcz, Poland, 25-26 June

Bethan Davies (Andi Drake) travelled to Poland the day before her British Championship 5,000m race walk victory to attack the Olympic qualifying standard in the 20km distance. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be though, as she was disqualified for three yellow cards.

Results: http://live.domtel-sport.pl/live/


International Mountain Running Youth Cup, Janské Lázně – Czech Republic, 25 June 2016

Scarlet Dale (Colin Gemson) had an excellent run to finish fifth in the International Mountain Running Youth Cup and led the women’s England U18 team to fifth place on a tough, steep, uphill only course. Anna MacFadyen of Scotland was the next British finisher in seventh, in a race won by Czech athlete Barbora Havličková. Dale goes on to represent the British team in the junior race at the European Mountain Running Championships in Arco, Italy next weekend.

In the U18 men’s race Elliott Matier of England (Stuart Robinson) led the Home Countries athletes and achieved his target of a top 10 finish in coming 9th – an improvement of 10 places on his performance at this event in Bulgaria last year. The race was dominated by the Turkish who had six athletes in the first seven, taking all three individual medals and gold and silver in the team competition. England just lost out on bronze to Italy. Matier had only finished fifth in the England trial and was therefore in the B team and could not count.