27th July 2009

Weekend Round Up

27 July 2009

Vattenfall Grand Prix, Joensuu, Finland

July 22

Laura Whittingham (Sale Harriers Manchester) threw 49.95m to finish third in the javelin.


Weltklasse hinterm Deich, Cuxhaven, Germany

July 22

Helen Pryer (Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow) smashed her 200m PB with a run of 23.20 (+0.4ms) to finish a close second to Canada’s Adrienne Power.


International Meeting of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

July 25

19-year-old Stevie Stockton (Vale Royal) improved her 1500m PB by almost two seconds with a time of 4:14.37. Nick Samuels (Sale Harriers Manchester) also set a 1500m PB of 3:45.17 in the men’s B race.


Santa Monica All Comers Meeting, Santa Monica CA, USA

July 22

Nick Newman (Sale Harriers Manchester) jumped a wind-assisted 7.50m (+2.4ms) to win the long jump.


At home…

Jumps & Throws Fest, Birmingham, July 25-26

Carl Myerscough (Blackpool Wyre & Fylde) achieved his second best mark of the year with a throw of 20.19m in the men’s shot. He won by exactly two metres, with Kieren Kelly (Newham & Essex Beagles) throwing 18.19m for second place. The women’s competition was a closer affair as Alison Rodger (Sale Harriers Manchester) and Rebecca Peake (Sale Harriers Manchester) both threw 15.50m, with the former winning on countback. Rachel Wallader (Rugby & Northampton) was third with 15.12m.

Former 400m sprinter Andre Fernandez (Newham & Essex Beagles) was best of the Brits in the long jump with 7.54m (0.0ms), finishing behind India’s Mahan Singh by one centimetre. Leigh Smith (Birchfield) and Nathan Morgan (Birchfield) were third and fourth with 7.42m (-0.1ms) and 7.38m (-0.1ms) respectively, while John Carr (Shaftesbury Barnet) jumped 7.43m (-0.2ms) in the second string. UK silver medallist Amy Woodman (Birchfield) won the women’s long jump with 6.12m (0.0ms) ahead of junior Jade Nimmo (Falkirk), who jumped a season’s best of 6.10m (0.0ms), and Sarah Wellstead (Sutton & District), who jumped 6.09m (0.0ms).

Robbie Grabarz took an easy victory in the men’s high jump with a leap of 2.20m, while Jayne Nisbet (Edinburgh AC) won the women’s event with 1.79m ahead of Jessica Leach (Birchfield) and Kay Humberstone (Trafford AC), both clearing 1.75m.

European Under-23 bronze medallist Sarah Holt (Sale Harriers Manchester) won the women’s hammer with 62.31m to finish ahead of club-mate Laura Douglas (Sale Harriers Manchester), who threw 61.62m.

Mervyn Luckwell (Marshall Milton Keynes) suffered a defeat in the javelin. The UK champion could manage just 71.19m as India’s Kashinath Naik won with 73.26m. Chris Hughff (Newham & Essex Beagles) was third with 69.31m.

Laura Whittingham (Sale Harriers Manchester) threw 52m exactly to win the women’s javelin ahead of the 50.70m thrown by Katy Watts (City of Portsmouth). Current world leader in the heptathlon, Jessica Ennis, threw 43.08m to finish seventh, her third best ever mark for the discipline as she continues to establish herself in the mid-40m range.

Liam Biddlecombe (Yeovil Olympiads AC) added almost two metres to his PB in the discus to extend his lead at the top of the under 17 Power of 10 rankings with a throw of 54.24m. Matt Brown (Enfield & Haringey) was the best of the seniors with 53.71m.

India’s Seema Antil threw 57.67m to defeat Britain’s best women in the discus. Eden Francis (Leicester Coritanian) was second with 55.91m, with Philippa Roles (Swansea) one place behind with 54.03m.

Max Eaves (Newham & Essex Beagles) won the men’s pole vault with 4.95m, while Henrietta Paxton (Birchfield) took the women’s event with 4.00m.

Matt Barton (Leeds City) won the men’s triple jump with 14.88m (-0.3ms), while Nadia Williams (Shaftesbury Barnet) was over 13 metres once again to win the women’s competition with 13.27m (+1.4ms).


U23 & U20 Combined Events International, Watford, July 25-26

Victories from Daniel Awde (Woodford Green with Essex Ladies) in the decathlon and Lucy Boggis (Shaftesbury Barnet) in the heptathlon helped ensure an overall home win by Great Britain & Northern Ireland over France and Switzerland.

Awde, who competed at the Beijing Olympics last year, scored a season’s best of 7643 to move to No.2 on this year’s Power of 10 senior rankings and No.1 on the under-23 rankings. Awde moved into the lead after the fourth event on day one, having clocked 11.01 for 100m, long jumped 7.15m, threw the shot 12.39m and high jumped 1.94m. He then extended his lead with an impressive 48.55 for 400m to end day one with 3907 points. Day two started with PBs in the 110m hurdles (14.52) and discus (41.07m). Awde then vaulted 4.60m and threw the javelin 47.84m before running 4:31.91 to win the competition by almost 500 points. Ricardo Beckford (London Heathside) improved his decathlon PB by 22 points to finish third with 7178, while David Feeney (Amber Valley) was also over 7000 with a PB of 7059 in fifth.

Boggis added almost 250 points to her heptathlon PB to win the women’s heptathlon with 5605, although guest competitor Rebecca Wardell of New Zealand scored 5609. Setting PBs in the 100m hurdles (13.72), shot (12.03m), 200m (24.94), long jump (5.74m) and 800m (2:23.31), Boggis enjoyed a dream competition. It was only in the final event where she relinquished her long-time lead, but Boggis defeated the next scoring athlete by more than 400 points.