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Sophie McKinna after her winning throw of 17.97m Photo: Melissa Gresswell.

THE NATION’S BEST

It would be rude not to begin with the SPAR British Indoor Championships and the outstanding performances in Birmingham over the weekend.

There were multiple records shattered including; a new CBP set by Holly Bradshaw in the pole-vault as she flew over 4.82m, a 49 year old British junior record broken by Amber Anning with a 53.00 clocking in the women’s 400m final and a U23 British record for Naomi Ogbeta who jumped 14.05 in the triple jumped final. Our #OnestoWatch ladies Kristal Awuah and Lucy Hadaway finished 3rd and 4th respectively in the 60m (Awuah: 7.35) and long jump (Hadaway: 6.29).

RACE FINDER ATHLETES ON TOP FORM AT BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIPS

Numerous Vinco Race Finder athletes not only attended, but were on top form at the national indoor championships, including 3 in the men’s 60m Hurdles Final. Khai Riley-La Borde secured the bronze medal and a season’s best clocking of 7.85, behind him in 4th place was Jake Porter, 7.88 and Miguel Perera finished in 5th place, 7.90. Heather Paton challenged Katrina Johnson Thompson in the heat and crossed the line in a season’s best of 7.39 in the first round. In the final she finished in 5th position.

The shot putters stole the show though, as Youcef Zatat threw an almighty 17.45m to finish 2nd and Amelia Strickler also took the silver in the women’s event with a lifetime best of 17.28m, behind Sophie Mckinna’s record throw. Other finalists included; Emily Borthwick, James Gladman and Kyle de Escofet.

MILLROSE GAMES

If you were to Google “Millrose” these past couple of days, rather than results of one of the world’s most prestigious indoor athletics events to appear, you would have seen that Jamaican athlete Kemoy Campbell collapsed whilst pacing the 3000m event on Saturday. He still remains in hospital and the cause of his sudden illness is not yet known. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and many thanks are circulating across social media for the quick response of officials and spectators at the event who rushed to his aid.


Regarding results, the Men’s 60m Hurdles was close on the line, and by close we mean…

In the distances, Yomif Kejelcha was a mere 0.1 from the world indoor record!

WORLD INDOOR TOUR

The 3rd and 4th legs of the #WorldIndoorTour took place this week in Madrid (Spain) and Torun (Poland).

Here’s a few highlights from Twitter.

7 MARATHONS, 7 CONTINENTS, 7 DAYS?

Beating the previous World Marathon Challenge by more than three hours, British runner Susannah Gill averaged 3 hours and 28 minutes across her mammoth marathon journey. Starting in Antarctica and finishing on South Beach, Florida, the 34-year-old has so far raised over 8 thousand pounds!

24 HOUR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SELECTION

British Athletics has today confirmed that a team of 12 will represent the country at the IAU 24 Hour World Championships in Albi, France – with each athlete covering between 210-275 kilometres – over the weekend of 26-27 October 2019.

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First published on: 11 February, 2019 9:42 pm

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