We’ve lost count of how many records have been broken this week, not just in the UK but globally. There was definitely something in the water these past few days, maybe it was post-Valentine’s day feelings, or athletes peaking just at the right time before the Europeans. Who knows. But, whatever the cause, it sure made for some outstanding athletics coverage. We could just about keep up.
WE LOST COUNT OF THE RECORDS
We can’t begin our weekly round-up without firstly mentioning 22 year old Samuel Tefera. We knew a world record was on the cards at the Müller Birmingham Grand Prix last weekend. It was fellow Ethiopian Yomif Kejelcha who lead quite a significant portion of the race, but when Tefera took to the front in the closing stages of the race, there was no stopping him. The crowd and atmosphere were electric, everyone knew what could be and the significance of the athletes’ efforts. It really did pay off. Clocking 3:31.04 and just dipping under the world record time by the skin of his teeth, the young Ethiopian athlete made history, and a lot of people lose their minds in Arena Birmingham on Saturday afternoon. Thank you Samuel.
Social media couldn’t quite believe it.
1500m world record for Ethiopia’s Samuel Tefera 3:31.04🔥
MIND BLOWING💥 pic.twitter.com/vlWm9fKZwf
— IAAF (@iaaforg) February 16, 2019
▪️Samuel Tefera broke the long-standing world indoor 1500m record
▪️Yomif Kejelcha finished 2nd in 3:31.58 (PB)
▪️Almaz Samuel led an #Ethiopia|n 1-2-3 in the women’s 3,000m pic.twitter.com/IYrUH1m6zI
— Ethiopian Embassy UK 🇪🇹🇬🇧 (@EthioEmbassyUK) February 18, 2019
— British Athletics (@BritAthletics) February 16, 2019
ANOTHER MILESTONE FOR MUIR
Muir fed off the energy Tefera helped concoct in the Women’s Mile Final. Similar to the men’s event, this race was advertised as a record-breaking attempt, and the Scotswoman certainly didn’t let the Midlands crowd down. Not only did she smash the British mile record by 5 seconds, a record that had stood since 1988 (before she was even born), but also the 1500m record in the process. She stopped the clock at a mind-blowing 4:18.75 seconds, and clocked 4:01.84 at the 1500m mark. It’s safe to say we were speechless.
ANOTHER RECORD FOR INGEBRIGTSEN. NORWAY!
There was something clearly in the Norwegian water too, as the infamous 18 year old Jakob Ingebrigtsen opened his 2019 with a world U20 record in the 1500m…3:36.21. He was clear by more than 10 seconds and shaved 4 seconds off his previous indoor best of 3:40.31. Take a look at his spilt times…
This is the split times for the pacemaker and @JakobIng during his 3:36.21 race in Nordenkampen yesterday [100m and then 200 plus] 14.80 – 43.70 – 1:12.90 – 1:42.38 – 2:12.11 – 2:40.86 – 3:08.43 @EuroAthletics @Trackside2019 @Statman_Jon Photo: @bildbyran pic.twitter.com/dpFugbwxx4
— NFIF (@Norsk_Friidrett) February 11, 2019
MORE RECORDS IN MONACO
It hasn’t all been indoor action this week, there were records broken on the very streets of Monaco too. Described as “unofficial world bests” up until 12 months ago, Sifan Hassan and Julien Wanders set world 5km records at the prestige event in Monaco. There is however, lots of confusion and misunderstanding regarding the 5km that now qualifies as a world record event. Click here to find out more and to get up to scratch on all your athletics rules and regulations.
— IAAF (@iaaforg) February 17, 2019
MASTERING THE 60 FOR CHAMBERS
Former world champion, 40 year old Dwain Chambers, caught the record-chasing bug as well this week. He clocked 6.69 at Lee Valley to smash the UK V40 record. Here’s where he stands at his best…
60m indoor all time list:
6.34 Christian Coleman 🇺🇸 2018
6.39 Maurice Greene 🇺🇸 1998 2001
6.40 Ronnie Baker 🇺🇸 2018
6.41 Andre Cason 🇺🇸 1992
6.42 Dwain Chambers 🇬🇧 2009
6.43 Tim Harden 🇺🇸 1999
6.43 Su Bingtian 🇨🇳 2018
6.44 Asafa Powell 🇯🇲 2016 https://t.co/BDKqdjmRuH
— PJ Vazel (@pjvazel) February 19, 2018
There were plenty other events on this week. Here’s a few…
ATHLONE INTERNATIONAL GRAND PRIX
Su Bingtian, Asia’s fastest man, could probably be held responsible for the week-long madness. He began his European campaign in Athlone, Ireland, earlier in the week, clocking 6.52 in the 60m final, the second fastest time in 2019.
New stadium *RECORD* 6.54 for 🇨🇳 Su Bringtian in the 60m at AIT GRAND PRIX 2019. pic.twitter.com/JTPTsR6wJ5
— conrad williams 🇯🇲🇬🇧 OLY (@cwilliams400) February 13, 2019
MULLER GRAND PRIX
There were plenty of other top performances in Birmingham.
Olympic Champion Juan Miguel Echevarria, was of course a hot favourite in the long jump. Despite being a long way from his best of 8.68m, he still impressed with a leap of 8.21m. British interest Renold Banigo finished in 5th with a season’s best of 7.77m.
It was all about Holly Bradshaw on the back straight. After flying higher than Olympic Champion Katerina Stefanidi who only had 4.71 within her capabilities that afternoon, the Blackburn Harrier tried her hand at a new British record. It wasn’t meant to be however, and she finished her Birmingham campaign with a season’s best of 4.81. And wasn’t she happy about it…
Think you can see from this picture how much I enjoyed today! 🥰
Thanks for all the amazing British fans who supported today in the crowd…you got my butt over 4.81m 🙏🏻
Also loved seeing the girlies after SOOO long. Love you all 😘 pic.twitter.com/l6OIxHtVqm
— Holly Bradshaw (@HollyBradshawPV) February 16, 2019
Su Bingtian went one step further in Birmingham swell. China’s poster boy clocked 6.47, the fastest time in the world in 2019. Britain’s Reece Prescod wasn’t too far behind either, and equalled his lifetime best of 6.53.
Su is back in town🇨🇳
World indoor silver medalist @subingtian outclassed the men’s 60m field to win in a world-leading 6.47 🔥
— IAAF (@iaaforg) February 17, 2019
IRSH INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
Off the back of the Athlone Grand Prix, which saw some stunning Irish performances, it was time for Ireland to showcase their best talents.
Saragh Buggy breaks her own previous Championship best performance of 13.02, by 3cm, jumping a new CBP of 13.05 at today’s Irish @irishlifehealth Senior indoors! 🔥👏🏼
🥇Saragh Buggy, St. Abbans 13.05
🥈Lauren Callaghan, Finn Valley 11.43
🥉Grace Furlong Waterford 11.36 pic.twitter.com/AFJzKSrmFZ
— Athletics Ireland (@irishathletics) February 17, 2019
They’ve also JUST announced their European Championships team selection.
— Athletics Ireland (@irishathletics) February 18, 2019
BEST ON OFFER AT BUCS
Two records were broken on the final day of BUCS 2019 in Sheffield. It was down to the ladies, Hayley Mills and Alexandra Russell to put 2019 in the record books. Liverpool’s Alexandra Russell, hopped, stepped and jumped into the history books with her 13.39m performance in the triple jump final. Mills was equally impressive, easily winning the 200m final in 23.49, showing she’s back on top form in 2019.
#BUCSNationals | 🥇🏃♀️💨 200m Gold for Hayley Mills
✅ 200m Indoor Personal Best
✅ 200m BUCS Championship Record
Hayley Mills ran her 200m in 23.49 seconds to break the BUCS record and land her second gold medal of the games.
— University of Nottingham Sport (@UoNSport) February 17, 2019
IN OTHER NEWS…
Jamaican athlete Kemoy Campbell still remains in hospital after collapsing last week during a 3000m. It’s said he is recovering rather quick though, and could be out of hospital in the very near future! All the best to him and his family.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) February 17, 2019
BRITISH TEAM SELECTION FOR EUROPEANS INDOORS
British Athletics have selected a record team, packed full of world-class talent. We can’t wait to see what they’ll do in Glasgow in just under two weeks’ time.
🇬🇧 BRITISH ATHLETICS NAME RECORD TEAM FOR EUROPEAN INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
— British Athletics (@BritAthletics) February 17, 2019
WHAT’S TO COME THIS WEEK?
IAAF WORLD TOUR FINAL, DUSSELDORF
The finale of the #iaafworldtour is in Dusseldorf this Wednesday.
As the curtain closes on Birmingham we’re now heading to Düsseldorf for the IAAF #WorldIndoorTour final🤩
Which event is everyone most excited for?🤔 pic.twitter.com/JRu1ZGDeSE
— IAAF (@iaaforg) February 18, 2019
ENGLAND ATHLETICS AGE GROUP CHAMPIONSHIPS THIS WEEKEND
We’ll be covering the England Athletics Indoor Age Group Championships this weekend. We hope to see you all there! (or glued to your laptops).