23rd May 2011
Weekend Round Up
23 May 2011
Sao Paolo, May 22
Dwain Chambers followed up his McCain Power of Ten top ranking performance a few days earlier with an even faster 100m run. Chambers timed a season’s best 10.01 to beat Jamaica’s Dexter Lee into second. The wind was a perfect two metres per second following and Chambers reaction time of 0.123 was easily the quickest .
Hallesche Erdgas – Werfertage, Halle, May 21/22
Laura Whittingham (coach: Esa Utriainen) finished fifth in the javelin with 55.48m to go top of the McCain Power of Ten women’s rankings whilst top ranked Brett Morse (coach: Nigel Bevan) was eighth in the discus with 60.72m.
Jade Nicholls (coach: Andrew Neal) was sixth in the women’s discus with 56.20m to go second in the rankings.
Top ranked hammer thrower and recent UK record holder and World junior champion Sophie Hitchon (coach: Derek Evely) finished seventh with her second best ever throw of 67.00m.
Hitchon then went on to win the Under 23 Hammer in 66.27m while Morse won the Under 23 with 61.27m.
European Race Walking Cup, Olhao Portugal, May 21
Commonwealth Champion Jo Jackson (coach: Andi Drake) recorded the highest ever placing by a British athlete at a European Race Walking Cup when she took 12th place at the European Cup Race Walking took place under the blistering Algarve sun along the seafront in the town of Olhao. Her time of 1.33.52 was also a UKA B standard for both the World Championships in Daegu and the London Olympic Games and puts her top of the McCain Power of Ten Rankings for 2011. A steady start saw Jackson holding 17th place at the 5km and halfway point (46.48) and 15km. A storming last 5 kilometres saw her move through to a fine 12th place.
Lisa Kehler was 43rd in 1.47.57 to go to second place in the rankings for 2011.
The Men’s 50km was a battle of attrition won by World Record Holder Dennis Nizegordov of Russia.Britain’s Dominic King (coach: Andi Drake) was looking to improve his personal of 4.14.55 set in Dudince in March. King passed halfway in 2.02.08 but began to struggle and finished in 4.18.35 for 25th.
In the Junior Men’s 10km, Britain’s Jamie Higgins (coach: Andi Drake) who has been race walking less than a year and in only his sixth ever race, took over half a minute of his personal best in recording 47.28 for 30th after moving through from 35th (23.22) at the 5km point.
In the Junior Women’s 10km the British duo of Heather Lewis (coach: Martin Bell) and Lauren Whelan (coach Andi Drake) found the going tough in the heat. They passed the halfway point in 25.52 (20th) and 26.09 (22nd). Heather hung on in the 2nd half to come home in 22nd in 52.56 just outside her personal best of 52.37. Lauren Whelan finished in 54.20 for 25th as the team finished in 9th position on 47 points.
The Senior Men’s 20km took place in the hottest part of the day, starting at 4.30pm. The conditions were brutal reflected in a winning time of just 83.27 for last year’s European Champion, Stanislav Emelyanov of Russia). The British quartet found the going tough in the heat. Alex Wright (coach: Andi Drake) passed halfway in 34th place in 44.50, closely followed by team mate Tom Bosworth (coach: Andi Drake) a place behind in 45.06. They both toughed it out in the second half as many collapsed in front of them in the brutal conditions. Wright moved through to 25th place in 1.30.36. Bosworth suffered in the final 5km to come home in 1.32.48 for 31st. Daniel King (coach: Andi Drake) fell foul of the judges just before the halfway mark. Ben Wears found the heat to tough pulling out at the 8km mark.
Southern Athletics League, Milton Keynes, May 21
Greg Rutherford (coach: Dan Pfaff), competing for Marshall Milton Keynes in the new Southern Athletics League, jumped a massive 8.20m in his first outdoor long jump competition of the year. Unfortunately the wind at 2.4m/s was slightly over the legal limit. His best legal jump was 7.95m. His series was 7.77m (nwi), 7.95m (w+0.4), 8.20m (w+2.4), 8.16m (w+3.1). He passed on his final two jumps.
BMC PB Classic, Milton Keynes, May 21
James McMurray (coach: Deborah Steer) set a personal best of 3:53.78 to go second in the McCain Power of Ten U17 1500m rankings.
Tucson Elite Throwers Classic, Tucson, USA, May 19
In the women’s hammer, Sarah Holt (coach: Bob Weir) finished third with 65.48m to second on the McCain Power of Ten rankings.
BMC Gold Standard Races, Watford, May 18
Jessica Judd (coach: Jeremy Freeman) followed up her fast win in the Essex Championships with a 2:03.17. This performance puts her well clear at the top of the McCain Power of Ten Under 17 rankings and is the second fastest ever performance in the age group. It also put the 16 year-old third in the UK senior lists this year behind Jenny Meadows and Marilyn Okoro.
Jonathan Hay (coach: Mick Woods) went top of the McCain Power of Ten 1500m lists with his 3:42.83 victory while runner-up Harvey Dixon (Woods) went to second with his 3:46.67. Georgia Peel (Woods) went top of the Under 20 1500m lists with her victory in 4:17.81;
In third place, Emelia Gorecka (Woods) went to third with her 4:24.45 clocking. In sixth place, Sophia Riches (Freeman) went second in the Under 17 rankings to training partner Judd with her 4:29.19.
Matt McLaughlin (coach: Nadeem Shaikh) went third in the Under 17 800m lists with 1:54.26.
Grande Prêmio Caixa/SESI de Atletismo, Uberlândia, Brazil, May 18
Prior to his even faster win in Sao Paulo, Dwain Chambers went top of the McCain Power of Ten 100m rankings earlier in the week with his clear 10.13 victory into a headwind.