Keeping Track: Golden Glasgow and more going the extra mile

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Photo: Melissa Gresswell.

By no means was this intentionally a recap of the Europeans all over again, but, once we sat down and looked at the week gone by, so much happened in Glasgow we just couldn’t get enough.

EUROPEAN MADNESS

What a stunning championships in Glasgow over the weekend. Great Britain had their most successful medal haul, with Laura Muir doing the double-double on her home track. From the infamous Ingebrigtsen clan making Norwegian history, to full-time chemistry teacher Jamie Webb taking the silver in the 800m final, the championships really did provide endless entertainment.Β 

So, how do we sum up the events in Glasgow in just a short article? Well, we think the 4 ladies pictured below sum up the championships pretty well, wouldn’t you agree? We don’t know what it was about the Emirates stadium over the weekend, especially on Sunday, but it was all about the females. Sunday truly was Ladies Night.

From Laura Muir’s double-double on her home track, to gold and silver for Johnson-Thomspon and Emerson, not forgetting Melissa Courtney’s bronze, the British ladies were sensational in front of a home crowd. Our mouths were wide open and eyes fixed to the screen for most of the weekend, but we did manage to gather our thoughts. Our Day 1 summary can be read here, and find out more about the quirks of the weekend action here.

The men were no slouches either, full-time chemistry teacher and Liverpool Harrier, Jamie Webb, dug deep in the final 50m in the 800m final to take the silver medal. We think it was the blonde hair.

American-born Tim Duckworth also ran the 1000m of his life in the final event of the heptathlon to bag the silver. He was literally spent at the end of the race, but once he realised his efforts hadn’t been in vain, he was a very happy man indeed.

To find out more about all of the action from the weekend, take a look at our event round up.

KEJELCHA RECORD BREAKING IN BOSTON

In the midst of all of the madness in Glasgow, you may have missed Ethiopia’s Yomif Kejelcha smashing a world indoor record for the mile in Boston, stopping the clock at 3:47.01. Yes, you read that correctly.

IAAF LAUNCHES NEW WORLD RANKINGS SYSTEM

The IAAF states that “it undertaken to create a global Ranking System where athletes score points based on a combination of result and place depending on the level of the competition in which the result is achieved. The ranking is then based on their average score over a certain number of competitions in a defined period of time”.

The new system will apparently be more effective in terms of identifying the top athletes in each discipline, by means of rewarding the world’s best for their consistent efforts.

For more about this topic head to the IAAF website.

 

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First published on: 4 March, 2019 3:47 pm

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