Women’s 400m hurdles provides great climax to action-packed Sainsbury’s British Championships
Perri Shakes-Drayton brought the house down at the end of the three-day Sainsbury’s British Championships when she won the 400m hurdles.
The Londoner clocked 54.36 to beat Eilidh Child and Meghan Beesley at a sun-baked Alexander Stadium in Birmingham.
“I couldn’t really ask for more,” said the 24-year-old. “I felt good, just good. All I can say is it’s hard I the heat.”
As for her chances at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow next month, she added: “I’d like to make the final and get a medal. That’s what I want.”
History was made in the men’s 800m when Mike Rimmer secured a record number of titles – his sixth in this event – after holding off the fast-finishing Mukhtar Mohammed in 1:47.79. Meanwhile, 41-year-old Anthony Whiteman was well-placed to join – and embarrass – his younger rivals on the podium, but he faded from third to sixth in the home straight.
The annual trials for the major championships are traditionally full of thrills and spills and the women’s 1500m served up plenty. Hannah England took gold with 4:10.99 but only after Lisa Dobriskey had dramatically stepped off the track after the first 600m and then Laura Weightman and Charlene Thomas fell with 500m to go.
Elsewhere, Nigel Levine clocked a World Championship ‘A’ standard with 45.23 to win the men’s 400m. Anyika Onuora was another sprinter in great form as she won the women’s 200m in 22.71 (2.5) from the previous day’s 100m champion Asha Philip.
In the men’s 200m, James Ellington won impressively from Richard Kilty with 20.45 (2.4) but there was a surprise when Delano Williams – the reigning world junior champion from Turks & Caicos who is now eligible to run for GB – suffered a terrible start and despite a strong finish could only manage bronze.
Earlier, with temperatures almost nudging those of the previous day, there had been a UK record in the men’s 5000m race walk when Alex Wright clocked 19:27.39.
» The July 18 issue of Athletics Weekly will contain in-depth event-by-event reports from the Sainsbury’s British Championships, with dozens of photographs and full results