Izzy Jeffs and Zane Duquemin victorious in javelin and shot respectively, as Paralympian Aled Davies sets F42 world record in the ambulant shot putt in Bedford
Although not many finals were held on day one of the BUCS Championships, there was still plenty of action, including one world record in one of the disability events.
There can be no disputing that Cardiff Met’s Aled Davies was the standout performer of the day, throwing a F42 world record in the ambulant shot putt with 14.68m.
Determined not to be outshone in the men’s shot competition, St Mary’s Zane Duquemin set a CBP of 18.87m. Duquemin also qualified with the furthest throw in the discus with 54.47m.
Izzy Jeffs also reasserted her dominance this year in the women’s javelin. The Loughborough athlete, who broke the championship record of Goldie Sayers in qualifying during last year’s event held at the Olympic Stadium, retained the title with a determined 53.29m.
The men’s blue riband 100m event looks set to provide a thrilling battle, with James Williams (Leeds) and Tremayne Gilling (Middlesex) the fastest qualifiers with 10.60. BUCS 60m indoor champion Andre Wright looked comfortable winning his heat in 10.70.
In the women’s equivalent, Brunel’s Shanice Harrison was fastest with 11.75. In the women’s 400m, last year’s silver medallist Emma Pullen (Cardiff Met) looked the class act, winning her heat in 56.01, but will likely be pushed by European junior 4x400m relay runner Kirsten McAslan (Bath), who looked equally dominant when winning heat one.
The women’s 800m looks poised to be one of the races of the championships, with Ireland’s European Indoor 1500m runner Claire Tarplee (Loughborough) set to go head to head with last year’s world junior 800m finalist Emily Dudgeon (Cambridge). The 400m hurdles could well be another highlight, with Ireland’s Olympian Jessie Barr (UE) only qualifying as a fastest loser having been overhauled by in-form Emily Bonnett (Southampton) in the closing metres of heat two.
» Athletics Weekly will be reporting from all three days of the BUCS Championships, with full in-depth coverage in the May 9 issue of AW