15th May 2017
15 May 2017
Desert Challenge Games IPC Grand Prix, Arizona, USA, 12-13 May
Sammi Kinghorn (coach: Ian Mirfin) was in fine form over in America as she recorded victory in five events including breaking the T53 200m world record. That 200m push by Kinghorn, who stopped the clock at a superb 28.67 (+0.9m/s), shaves almost three tenths off the old record, which has stood for five years. She also won the 100m, 400m, 800m and 1500m in times of 16.63 (-2.8), 55.32, 1.52.05 and 3.35.53 respectively, with her times in the shorter two distances less than a tenth outside her personal bests.
SEC Conference, South Carolina, USA, 11-13 May
On the same weekend that Nathaneel Mitchell-Blake (Dennis Shaver) graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in International Trade and Finance he also achieved another major milestone in his blossoming athletics career, posting his first ever sub 10 second 100m clocking. After a 10.07 (0.4) personal best in the heats, Mitchell-Blake returned to finish a close second in the final, becoming only the eighth Brit to dip under 10 with his 9.99 (0.6) time.
A 200m specialist, the LSU sprinter also bagged silver in that event not long later, a 20.09 (0.6) the second quickest time of his career after his 19.95 last season. There were also a pair of runner-up finishes in the distance events, Robbie Farnham-Rose (Mark Hookway) recording 3.53.36 in a tactical 1500m final and Alex George (Paul de-Camps) running 13.53.83 in the 5000m.
Meeting à thème de Montpellier, France, 13-14 May
It was a busy weekend for Katarina Johnson-Thompson at her French training base as she contested four events across two days. Starting out with a 100mH season’s best of 13.57, good for victory, and a 12.50 shot put on Saturday, she returned the next day to win the long jump in 6.63m and throw a javelin season’s best of 39.62m.
BMC Grand Prix, Solihull, 13 May
Jake Wightman (Geoff Wightman) started his season with a bang, smashing his 800m personal best by almost a second with a classy 1.46.36 run. Chasing him hard all the way though was 19 year old Daniel Rowden (Richard Thurston), the youngster taking a second and a half off his previous best thanks to a 1.46.86 time, which is inside the European U23 Championship qualifying standard. In the women’s A race the first four posted season’s bests, Alex Bell (Aaron Thomas) leading the way from 1500m specialist Sarah McDonald (Bud Baldaro), with times of 2.02.39 and 2.02.47 respectively.
In the 1500m races it was success for James West (George Gandy) and Jess Judd (Mick Judd), the latter winning by some margin. Running virtually solo, Judd stopped the clock at 4.11.15, a big season’s best, to win by almost five seconds. Notably Harriet Knowles-Jones (Paul Roden) bagged the European Junior Championship qualifying standard with her 4.15.66 effort in second. In the men’s race West crossed the line in 3.43.92 to win by half a second.
Louise Small (Mick Woods) won a hard fought battle with Katarina Wooton (Harvey Rose) to take 5,000m victory, the AFD athlete moving clear in the closing stages to cross the line in 15.42.27 compared to Wooton’s 15.49.48. Zak Seddon won the rarely run 2000m steeplechase in 5.36.19, naturally a personal best.
Leicestershire & Warwickshire County Championships
Double Paralympic champion Richard Whitehead (Keith Antoine) opened his outdoor campaign with a 12.41 (1.7) in the 100m and a wind-affected 200m clocking a time of 23.16 (3.4).
Olivia Breen (Aston Moore) continued her fine form by setting a huge personal best in the long jump with 4.47m her best effort. That was 9cm further than she had ever jumped before, albeit setting a wind-assisted 4.88m mark last month. She was not finished there as she also posted a wind-assisted 100m time of 13.36 (2.8).
In the shot put, F37 shot putter Josh Bain (David Parker) achieved a personal best of 12.37m to maintain his strong start to 2017.
Results to follow.
Big Ten Championships, Pennsylvania, USA, 12-14 May
Nic Percy (Vesteinn Hafsteinsson) continued his great start to 2017, extending his discus winning streak to eight meets as he threw a Power of 10 topping 62.91m to win his conference.
Meeting Elite de Montgeron-Essonne, France, 14 May
David King (James Hillier) clocked a 110mH personal best of 13.49 (0.6), to win his heat in France before placing second in the final in 13.57 (1.3). Chris Baker (Sharon Heveran) was also second in the high jump with a modest 2.18m clearance, whilst Guy Learmonth (Henry Gray) was third in a close 800m in 1.48.12.
Wiltshire County Championships, Tidworth, 14 May
In county championship action, 18 year old Tom Gale (Denis Doyle) added 2cm to his personal best set in the World Junior Championship final last summer, as he cleared 2.20m, a European Junior Championship qualifying mark.
Ter Specke Bokaal, Lisse, The Netherlands, 13 May
Eilidh Doyle (Malcolm Arnold) was back in 400mH action for the first time this season, winning by some six seconds in 56.23, to give her some valuable feedback on where her fitness is at this early point of the season.
Mountain West Championships, Utah, USA, 10-13 May
Rising middle distance star Josh Kerr (Joe Franklin) took an impressive middle distance double at his conference championships, breaking the track record with a 3.46.39 time in the 1500m. He was made to work much harder in the 800m final though, his three second personal best of 1.48.05 seeing him take victory by just one hundredth of a second.