15th September 2014
Weekend Round Up
15 September 2014
IAAF Continental Cup, Marrakesh, Morocco, September 13-14
Tiffany Porter (coach: Rana Reider) recorded a new national record in the women’s 100m hurdles in a time of 12.51/0.7. This took 0.04 seconds off the old mark set by Jessica Ennis-Hill. Porter was second in the race behind the American, Dawn Harper-Nelson but her new lifetime best finished her season in style.
European champion James Dasaolu (Steve Fudge) pulled off another great victory when he won the 100m in a time of 10.03/-0.1. He got off to a superb start, and was clear at 60 metres but the others closed rapidly before the finish and the Briton got the verdict by a few inches from the American Mike Rodgers who timed 10.04.
Eilidh Child (Malcolm Arnold) had one of her best results of the year to finish second in the 400m hurdles in 54.42 behind Kaliese Spencer. Child has remarkably finished in the top three of every event she has participated in this season.
The co-captain of Team Europe, Jo Pavey (Gavin Pavey), ended her track season on a high with a third place finish in the 5000m. A fast finish saw her nearly grab second place ahead of Joyce Chepkirui but she finished in a time of 15:58.67.
Lynsey Sharp (Reider) was fifth in the 800 metres in 2:00.80 while Martyn Rooney (Reider) was seventh in the 400m in 45.93. William Sharman (Jerzy Maciukiewicz) was third in the 110m hurdles in 13.25.
It was an all British team that represented Europe in the 4x100m relay as they raced to second place. The British record breaking team from the Zurich Diamond League of Asha Philip (Christine Bowmaker), Ashleigh Nelson (Michael Afilaka), Anyika Onuora (Reider) and Desiree Henry (Reider), finished in a time of 42.98.
A men’s team, featuring three Britons (James Ellington, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, Richard Kilty) finished second in the men’s 4x100m relay in 38.62.
Conrad Williams and Martyn Rooney were part of Europe’s 4x400m relay team. In one of the most thrilling races of the meet, Rooney was embroiled in a sprint finish with Wayne van Niekirk representing Africa but the latter narrowly prevailed. Europe’s team recorded a time of 3:00.10.
Team Europe won the competition overall on 447.5 points ahead of the Americas.
Fifth Avenue Mile, New York, September 13
Hannah England (Bud Baldaro) finished seventh in the women’s mile in 4:24 while Laura Weightman (Steve Cram) finished 11th in 4:27 which was a new personal best.
Watford Open, September 10
Khahisa Mhlanga ran a PB 2:08.72 for 800m to go third in the Power of Ten under-15 women rankings.
Jamie Dee set a 3000m PB of 8:22.82 to go top of the Power of Ten under-17 men’s rankings.
Ladywell 5000m, September 11
While it isn’t frequently run by those in his age group, Alex Yee ran the fastest time ever by an under-17 athlete in the 5000m with 14:40.4 and the time puts him sixth in the Power of Ten under-20 rankings.