10th August 2015

Weekend Round Up

10 August 2015 

WM-Verabshiedung Meeting, Mannheim, Germany, 8 August

Former world youth champion Desiree Henry (coach: Rana Reider) produced a brilliant personal best performance in finishing a narrow runner-up behind Germany’s former European champion Verena Sailer in the 100m. The 19-year-old Enfield and Haringey sprinter clocked 11.11 (0.0) behind Sailer’s 11.10 to climb to fifth on the UK all-time list. It represented an improvement of 0.10 on the lifetime best the teenager set in the heats at the 2014 European Championships in Zurich, and was 0.22 quicker than her previous best of 2015. Henry, who has been chosen for the Great Britain and Northern Ireland 4 x 100m relay squad for the World Championships in Beijing, also revised her personal best over 200m winning that event in 22.94 (+0.3).


UK Women’s League Premier Division, Eton, 8 August

Two weeks after her British record 100m run at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games, Dina Asher-Smith (John Blackie) was back in record breaking form. The 19-year-old Blackheath and Bromley sprinter won the 200m in 22.72 (-0.3), a UK Women’s League record. One-lap hurdles specialist Meghan Beesley (Nick Dakin) was a distant second in 23.57, just 0.04 shy of her PB.

Shona Richards (Marina Armstrong)won the 400m hurdles in 57.43 and Serita Solomon (Michelle Bovell) the 100m hurdles in 13.27 (-1.0), while Zoey Clark  (Eddie McKenna) took the flat 400m in 53.37. 

Leah Barrow (Trevor Painter) clocked a PB 2:03.22 to win the 800m with Madeleine Murray (John Lees) finishing second in 2:03.66., which was also a lifetime best. In the field Susan McKelvie (Lorraine Shaw) threw 60.35m in the hammer and Rachel Wallader 16.90m in the shot.


UK Women’s League Division Three, Wigan, 9 August

Before heading out to the GB & NI team holding camp in Fukuoka, Japan, Katarina Johnson-Thompson (Mike Holmes) boosted her preparations for the heptathlon at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing with a lifetime best performance in the javelin. The Liverpool Harrier threw 42.01m, eclipsing the PB of 41.44m that she achieved in Gotzis last year. She finished second overall in the competition to Eloise Meakins (Fuat Ekrem Fuat), who threw 44.76m.


UK Women’s League Division One, Wigan, 9 August

European Junior Championship 200m fourth-placer Charlotte McLennaghan (David Hourd) notched a sprint double for Notts AC. The 17-year-old won the 100m in 12.02 (-2.9) and the 200m in 23.59 (-0.2). In the longer sprint European indoor 400m bronze medallist Seren Bundy-Davies (Stephen Ball) clocked a PB of 24.03 as runner-up with fellow World Championship 4 x 400m relay squad member Kirsten McAslan (Trevor Painter) third in 24.06.

In the field junior Abigail Roberts (Trevor Fox) cleared a career best height of 4.05m for victory in the pole vault, a divisional record, while Abigail Irozuru (Dan Pfaff) won the long jump with 6.37m.




Memorial Janusz Kusocinski/IAAF Hammer Throw Challenge, Szczecin, 9 August

Commonwealth medallists Nick Miller (John Baumann) and Sophie Hitchon (Tore Gustafsson) boosted their confidence ahead of the looming World Championships by notching top three finishes among illustrious company in the latest IAAF Hammer Throw Challenge event. British record holder Miller threw a solid 75.56m for second place in the men’s competition, behind world champion Pawel Fajdek, whose winning effort of 83.93m was a Polish record and the best throw in the world since 2008. Hitchon threw 72.23m, the second best performance of her career, for third place behind world record holder Anita Wlodarczyk of Poland (76.70m) and former world record holder Betty Heidler of Germany (73.37).

There were some impressive British performances in the non-throwing events on the programme. European and Commonwealth 110m hurdles silver medallist William Sharman (Benke Blomkvist) continued his comeback after injury with a victory in 13.74 (+0.5). Jess Coulson (Mick Woods) recorded a PB of 9:11.28 for second place in the women’s 3000m, behind Norway’s Silje Fjortoft (9:09.78).




British Athletics League Premiership Division, Lee Valley, 8 August

British 400m champion Rabah Yousif (Carol Williams) finalised his competitive preparations for the World Championships with a victory in 48.71. Beijing-bound 400m hurdler Niall Flannery (Nick Dakin) won the 400m flat B race in 47.27. Other World Championships team members in action were Dan Bramble (Frank Attoh), who won the long jump with 7.49m (0.0) and Mark Dry (Chris Black), who won the hammer with a throw of 72.12m.

European junior silver medallist Joseph Dewar (Gladys Bird) won the 100m in 10.39 and European Under 23 runner-up Leon Reid (James Hillier) the 200m in 20.93 (-2.3). Tom Burton (Nick Dakin) won the 400m hurdles in 50.09, with Jack Houghton (Colin Bovell) clocking a PB of 50.27 in second.



International Throwing Meeting, Leiria, Portugal, 8-9 August

Commonwealth discus bronze medallist Jade Lally (Andrew Neal) was just 1.02m shy of her lifetime best with a winning throw of 59.78m on day two of this international throws meet. On day one the Shaftesbury Barnet Harrier had thrown 57.98m for fifth place in her event. Sarah Holt (John Pearson) was another British winner, throwing 65.33m in the hammer. Abbi Carter (Dave Smith) was fourth with 59.06m and Jessica Mayho (Matt Lambley) fifth with 58.12m. Laura Whittingham (Michael McNeal) was third in the javelin, throwing 49.97m.

There was also a British winner in the men’s javelin on day two, although Herne Hill’s Gavin Johnson-Assoon (Piotr Spas) only achieved the third best mark by a Briton over the weekend. He won on Sunday with 67.02m, British champion Bonne Buwembo (Michael McNeil) taking second place with 66.71m. However, in the competition held on the opening day Matti Mortimore (Justin St Clair) threw 70.55m for third place. Greg Millar (David Parker) was fifth with 68.26m and on that occasion Johnson-Assoon only seventh with 63.14m.

Brett Morse (Nigel Bevan) finished second in the discus with 62.85m, while in the hammer Birchfield’s Chris Shorthouse (John Pearson) was runner up with a PB of 70.18m.  In the latter event Michael Bomba (Ronnie Bomba) was third with 67.97m and Callum Brown (Lorraine Brown) fourth with 66.08m.

There were also some excellent age-group performances, not least by 15-year-old Welsh discus thrower James Tomlinson (Paul Jensen). The Pembrokeshire athlete won the U16 discus with 59.00m, a PB. In the Under 20 hammer Thomas Head (Paul Head) threw 67.30m for second place and Jac Palmer (Adrian Palmer) 66.32m for third.



Kuortane Games, Kurotane, Finland, 8 August

Sean Safo-Antwi (Jonas Tawiah-Dodoo) edged a narrow 100m victory in 10.23 (+1.9) with European junior champion and training partner Ojie Edoburun (Tawiah-Dodoo) runner-up in 10.24. James Bowness (William Parker) finished second in the 800m in 1:49.33.



Flanders Cup Meeting voor Mon, Kessel-Lo, Belgium, 8 August

Adelle Tracey (Craig Winrow) clocked 2:02.56 for second place in the 800m behind Ethiopian junior Habtam Alemu (2:01.60) followed by Katie Snowden (Alasdair Donaldson) in fourth posting 2:03.95. Theo Blundell (Craig Winrow) finished fourth in the men’s 800m in 1:46.43, a PB with Jamie Webb (Adrian Webb) eighth in 1:47.98.