Sprinter storms to success but GB lose team crown
Dwain Chambers ran his fastest opener since 2010 to take 60m victory in 6.58 at the new Emirates Arena on Saturday.
Although the British team could not claim their targeted 11th win in the fixture, the sprinter ensured the event ended on the right note for the GB squad, who eventually finished third in the team rankings with 50 points, behind Russia and USA, both with 58.
The British Athletics International Match was the first meet of 2013 for many of the competitors and for some it provided that all-important strong start to the year.
Chambers narrowly saw off Kim Collins of St Kitts & Nevis and Mike Rodgers from the USA, who both crossed the line in 6.65, to claim victory in Glasgow, with the result sure to provide a welcome confidence boost ahead of the European Indoor Championships in March.
Another highly-anticipated event was the men’s 600m, with much made of the Dai Greene/Andrew Osagie head-to-head. In the end the two Brits enjoyed a great battle, but it was for second place rather than first, as American Duane Solomon comfortably held the duo off to finish first in a US indoor record of 1:15.17.
World 400m hurdles champion Greene was pushed all the way by Olympic 800m finalist Osagie. And Greene’s 1:16.22 was enough to earn him second place and a British record ahead of Osagie’s 1:16.45.
Holly Bleasdale claimed precious points for the team with her successes in the pole vault and Stef Reid jumped to victory in the F44/46 long jump, while Perri Shakes-Drayton stormed to seventh on the UK all-time indoor rankings with her 52.13 in the 400m. It wasn’t enough to see off American Natasha Hastings, though, her world-lead 52.11 earning the top spot.
The men’s 400m saw a good run from Nigel Levine, his 46.74 enough to claim second behind Russia’s Pavel Trenikhin. Up against a tough field, Levine seemed to have fallen behind, but a kick on the final straight put him back in the action and he seemed to have plenty spare after crossing the line. Christopher Brown, who was part of the Bahamas 4x400m gold-medal winning team at London 2012, came third.
Bernard Lagat was the man to beat in the men’s 3000m and the American did not disappoint, easily seeing off Kenya’s Augustine Choge and Russia’s Egor Nikolaev to finish in 7:53.36. GB’s Andy Vernon, who won at the previous weekend’s McCain Cardiff Cross Challenge, placed fourth.
Captain of the GB team Robbie Grabarz finished second to Russian Aleksey Dmitrik in the high jump. The Olympic bronze medallist cleared 2.29m but fell behind Dmitrik who made 2.31.
There was a surprise victory for Verena Sailer in the women’s 60m, with the German beating American Carmelita Jeter into second. The women’s T37 60m saw Katrina Hart take the top spot, ahead of 16-year-old Olivia Breen and Johanna Benson, while Brazil’s Terezinha Guilhermina was victorious in the women’s T11/12 60m and GB’s Ola Abidogun won in the men’s T46 60m.
A great PB of 8.26 from Serita Solomon in the women’s 60m hurdles placed her behind German Cindy Roleder and American Danielle Carruthers, while Russia’s Sergey Shubenkov won the men’s race.
Another good run from Margaret Adeoye placed her second behind Russia’s Belkina, although Adeoye admitted after the race she had hoped to do better. The men’s 200m was another exciting affair, with USA’s Kind Butler battling it out with Kim Collins and GB’s Conrad Williams to cross the line first.
» Check out the January 31 issue of AW for more in-depth coverage from Glasgow. You can find all the results here.