29th April 2013
29th April 2013
While the top British performances came in the Penn Relays, there were plenty of other notable performances across the weekend.
Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational, Palo Alto, USA, April 28
Sophie Hitchon (Tore Gustafsson) improved her position at the top of the McCain Power of Ten women’s hammer rankings with her win in 70.53m.
Sarah Holt (Gustafsson) went second in the women’s rankings with a near PB 67.70m.
Mark Dry (Gustafsson), who already heads the men’s rankings, won the hammer with 73.75m. Chris O’Hare (Steve Gulley) went top of the outdoor rankings over 1500m with his victory in 3:38.48.
Former European silver medallist Chris Thompson (Mark Rowland) finished fourth in the men’s 10,000m in 27:40.81. Thompson’s time was well inside the B standard for the IAAF World Championships at Moscow of 28:05.00, but narrowly missed out on the A standard by just eight tenths of a second.
Zak Seddon went top of the senior 3000m steeplechase rankings with his 11th place in 8:34.42 which was just over two seconds outside the Moscow B standard, but was over half a minute inside the European junior standard of 9:05.00.
Luke Caldwell (Robert Russell) took over 10 seconds off his 5000m PB to finish 15th in the 5000m in 13:29.94, which is inside the European under-23 standard of 14:00.0 and puts him second in the UK rankings.
Greater Manchester Marathon, April 28
Dave Norman (Norman Poole) pulled off a late victory to win in 2:20:19, catching early leader Andi Jones (self-coached) in the last few miles.
Drake Relays, Des Moines, April 27
Steve Lewis (Dan Pfaff, Scott Simpson) was third in the pole vault with 5.50m.
In a top quality 100m hurdles race, Tiffany Porter (Rana Reider) finished sixth in 12.94, which puts her top of the McCain Power of Ten rankings
Penn Relays, April 25
Kate Avery (Tony Simmons) made a successful 10,000m debut to win the Olympic development race to go second in the UK 10,000m rankings with 33:27.44
IPC Grand Prix, Sao Paulo, April 24-25
Paralympic T12 100m silver medallist Libby Clegg (Keith Antoine) won both the 100m and 200m at the IPC Grand Prix in Sao Paulo. Clegg clocked 12.53 in the 100m and 25.97 in the 200m to secure a memorable double as the 23 year old prepares for July’s IPC World Championships in Lyon.
UKA/EA/RWA National 20km and Younger Age Group Championships, University of Warwick, Coventry, April 28
Bethan Davies (Andi Drake) produced one of the fastest ever 20km debuts by a British woman in taking her first National title at the University of Warwick. Davies only competed in her first race walking race a year ago and has made remarkable progress as she clocked 1.44.15 for a new Welsh Record and to move to 12th on the UK All Time list and to the top of the Power of 10 rankings for 2013. In the early stages Davies walked stride for stride with fellow Welsh athlete Heather Lewis (Martin Bell). Davies began to pull away from Lewis shortly before the halfway mark which she passed in 50.19 well inside her previous best for the distance of 52.05. Both athletes slowed over the second half as the cold wind got up, but Davies was able to hang on to take her first national title. Lewis battled on gamely to take the silver medal in 1.47.51 outside her best set earlier this year of 1:45:54. Behind them Michelle Turner moved to 3rd on the UK rankings for 2013 with a new personal best of 1.51.26 and Rebecca Collins (Andi Drake) moved to 4th with a new personal best of 1.54.49.
In the Men’s 20km Tom Bosworth (Andi Drake) regained his national 20km title with a convincing win in 87.49 after setting a new personal best and IAAF World Championships B Standard in Poderbrady 2 weeks ago. Bosowrth was content to walk with training partner Jamie Higgins (And Drake) who was competing in the Junior 10km race over the first half. Bosworth was able to cruise round to regain his national title that he lost last year. In second place was London 50km Olympian Dominic King who backed up his recent good 20km performance in Lugano with a solid silver medal in 92.36.
Leeds City AC’s Jamie Higgins put the disappointment of being forced to drop out with illness in the EAA Grand Prix meeting in Poderbrady two weeks ago behind him as he produced a winning time of 43.36 on the same course he clocked his personal best and UKA European Junior qualifying time of 42.42 at the beginning of March in taking the Junior Men’s 10km title. In the Junior women’s 10km Jasmine Nicholls (Martin Bell) moved to 2nd in the 2013 rankings when clocking a new personal best of 55.21 as she capitalised on pre-race favourite Ellie Dooley dropping out of the race in the early stages.
In the Under 17 Boys race Cameroon Corbishley (Douglas Hopkins) took the title in a comfortable 23.18, but was pushed all the way by Callum Wilkinson who removed over a minute of his personal best in clocking 23.27 to go secondon the UK under 17 rankings behind Corbishley. In the Under 17 Girls race, Heather Butcher (Noel Carmody) took the title in a new personal best of 26.01 to move to the top of the UK Rankings for 2013. In second place Emma Achurch (Steve Arnold) also clocked a new personal best of 26.25. In the Under 15 Girls Sophie Lewis Ward (Noel Carmody) clocked a new personal best of 16.22 to move to the head of the UK rankings for 2013 as she beat the male winner Jack Leversidge (16.36). In the Under 13 girls Anna Garcia (Brian Adams) clocked an impressive 9.58 over 2km just outside the 9.49 she clocked at Sheffield the previous weekend. Benjamin Allen took the boys Under 13 title.