Lisa Dobriskey wins 1500m at Janusz Kosiński Memorial meet with 4:04.81 SB on weekend which sees numerous athletes obtain qualifying marks in Bedford
Olympic 1500m runner Lisa Dobriskey said it is a ‘relief’ to have met the World Championships ‘A’ standard with her 4:04.81 clocking at the Janusz Kosiński Memorial meet in Poland on Saturday.
The 29-year-old, who finished 10th over the distance at the Diamond League Golden Gala in Rome just over a week before, is boosted to second in the 2013 UK rankings having run just outside the ‘A’ standard of 4:05.50 with 4:05.79 in Rome.
“Really happy with 4.04.81 this evening at the kusonicki memorial meeting,” tweeted Dobriskey after the race. “Ricky [Soos, husband and coach] and I have enjoyed our stay in Szczecin! :-)”
Many marks met in Bedford
Back on home soil and a number of athletes obtainined qualifying marks for the European Juniors in Rieti and the European Under-23s in Tampere.
Adam Gemili was just one sprinter to do the double in Bedford – his windy 10.09 over 100m on Saturday followed by a CBP of 20.30 over 20om on Sunday. Sunday’s mark, an impressive PB, places him eighth on the UK all-time list and second at under-23 as well as third fastest in Europe this year behind France’s Christophe Lemaitre and Churandy Martina of Holland.
Speaking afterwards it seems such impressive form has not altered the 19-year-old’s focus for the season. “I want to double at the European Under-23s and that is the major target. I would love to go to the Worlds as well, but the European Under-23s come first and is the top priority. I have plenty of time to run at senior level.”
Jodie Williams recorded a 23.21 CBP to take the 200m title on Sunday, adding to her 100m victory the day before, as Dina Asher-Smith won the under-20 200m in a fast 23.19 to become the third sprinter to do the during the weekend.
Zane Duquemin was another athlete to complete an impressive double, adding to his discus title with victory in the shot with an 18.88m CBP.
World records smashed in Berlin
As well as a number of impressive performances from British athletes, the IPC Athletics Grand Prix event in Berlin saw record-breaking runs from Brazil’s Alan Oliveira and the Netherlands’ Marlou van Rhijn.
Oliveira clocked 10.77 for a 100m T43 world record that is 0.14 seconds faster than the previous record which was jointly held by South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius and USA’s Blake Leeper.
Van Rhijn, who already held the 100m, 200m and 400m T43 world records, smashed her 100m best with 12.96 – the fastest time ever by a female leg amputee. She then went on to break her own 400m mark, running 1:01.10.
Of the Brits in action, Aled Davies won both the F42 shot and discus with distances of 14.14m and a season’s best 46.06m respectively. Dan Greaves also took a discus title with 59.22m in the F44 discus.
Sophia Warner ran 36.58 to win the T34 200m and clocked 16.81 over 100m while Graeme Ballard ran a season’s best 12.25 in the T36 100m and 25.42 in the 200m.
Katrina Hart and Bethany Woodward were second and third in the T37 100m with Woodward going on to win the 200m in 29.41.
Libby Clegg claimed the T12 100m title with 12.41 and was second in the 200m with 25.98 as Rhys Jones ran 12.21 for second in the 100m. Sam Ruddock ran 13.71 in the T35 which would have been a personal best performance but for the +2.1 wind. He also ran 29.36 in the 200m.
Richard Whitehead won the T42 200m in 25.21 which follows his 25.17 clocking at the Bedford International Games in May.
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Philip just misses PB in Sweden
At the Folksam Challenge in Uppsala, Sweden, Asha Philip was just outside her personal best of 11.36, taking the 100m title in 11.39.
Chris O’Hare led the Brits home in the 1500m, crossing in 3:44.23 ahead of Chris Warburton who clocked 3:44.90 for third, Frank Baddick who was fifth with 3:45.90 and Ian Williamson who was eighth with 3:47.75.
At the Folksam Grand Prix in Gothenburg Mukhtar Mohammed set an outdoor 800m best of 1:46.65 to finish third and Gareth Warburton ran 1:46.73 for fourth to just miss the World Championships ‘B’ standard while Claire Tarplee set a PB of 4:11.35 to finish third in the 1500m.
Over in Finland and Nigel Levine took 400m victory at the Paavo Nurmi Games with 46.44 while DKB Weitsprung-Meeting action in Germany saw Chris Tomlinson finish fourth in the long jump competition with 8.21m pushing him to second in the year’s UK rankings, a single centimetre down on Olympic champion Greg Rutherford. The mark is well above the World Championships ‘B’ standard of 8.10m, but just short of the ‘A’ standard of 8.25m.
At a BMC meet in Watford Britain’s top ranked 800m senior runner Jessica Judd secured victory in 2:01.59, to again go well inside the European junior standard of 2:06.20, while Emelia Gorecka was second in the 1500m with 4:20.45 to better the standard of 4:22.00.
Over Birmingham and Rory Dwyer won the intermediate high jump in 2.07m to go top of the UK 2013 high jump rankings.
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