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Anthony Whiteman goes sub-1:50 to break world M45 800m record – weekly round-up

Anthony Whiteman goes sub-1:50 to break world M45 800m record – weekly round-up

Results from the BMC Grand Prix in Trafford, Ipswich Twilight 5km, Scottish Age Group Championships and more

While the IAAF Diamond League series resumed at the Müller Grand Prix Birmingham and rising stars plus Olympic champions were in action at the Manchester International, there were a number of other top performances across the UK and overseas.

British Milers Club Grand Prix, Trafford, August 19

Anthony Whiteman improved his world M45 masters 800m record to 1:49.86 to become the oldest man to ever break the 1:50 barrier.

It took 0.66 off his previous record and in age-graded terms, it was his best ever performance, scoring 101.35%.

He first went sub-1:50 as a 22-year-old, in 1994.

In Trafford his time placed him eighth in a race won by the 27 year-younger European junior silver medallist Markhim Lonsdale in 1:47.63.

Former European silver medallist Chris Thompson won the England 10,000m Championships in 28:40.41 after a halfway time of 14:07.

Charlotte Arter won a solo women’s race in an equally impressive and PB 32:37.51. Gemma Steel was second and Verity Ockenden third.

Former world silver medallist Hannah England won the women’s 800m in 2:03.34.

Overseas runners dominated the 1500m with Finland’s Sara Kuivisto and former Dutch champion Wouter Ploeger taking the honours.

Kevin Fahey’s report and David Greenwood’s photographs will appear in this week’s AW magazine.

Ipswich Building Society Twilight 5km, Ipswich, August 18

Emelia Gorecka, who earlier this year told AW how she had to learn to run again, ran a winning time of 15:40 which puts her second on the UK rankings this year for the distance on the roads.

Luke Caldwell won the men’s race in 14:20.

Scottish Age Group Championships, Scotstoun, August 19-20

There was a Championship Best Performance by Alisha Rees as she further impressed with her 200m performances, clocking 23.66 (1.8 m/s) to take the under-20 title just days after running her 23.32 PB at the Manchester International.

Holly McArthur leapt 5.97m (1.9 m/s) to win the under-20 long jump and clocked a windy 13.79 to win the 100m hurdles.

European junior bronze medallist George Evans won the shot with 16.89m and completed a double by claiming discus gold with a throw of 54.07m.

In under-15 events, there was a national record and Championship Best Performance by Ellie O’Hara in the triple jump as she leapt 11.17m.

British League Men’s Premiership, Hendon, August 20

Birchfield Harriers were easy winners of the League.

Scoring 367 points, they won by 77 points on the day and with a perfect record over the four matches, they totalled 32 to Newham and Essex Beagles’ 24. Southampton and City of Liverpool were relegated.

Among Birchfield’s winners was a double in the 110m hurdles for Jake Porter (14.37) and an even faster B string win for Edirin Okoro in 14.10.

South West Inter Counties, Exeter, August 20

Emma Stepto set a UK W45 5000m record.

Competing for Cornwall in heavy rain, she ran 17:01.41, beating the previous record (17:03.8) set by Lucy Elliott at Winchester over six years ago.

Thum, Germany, August 18

World champion Johannes Vetter continued his good form with a 93.88m javelin win. It was his second best ever throw and he backed it up with a 91.67, throw.

David Storl won the shot with a 21.45m throw.

Birchwood 10km, August 20

Jack Martin was a clear winner of the men’s race in 31:37.

Kirsty Longley was first woman.

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