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Indoor season bursts into life – weekly round-up

Indoor season bursts into life – weekly round-up

Laura Muir and Nikki Manson impress at Scottish University Champs as Brits find their form at home and abroad

The major event over the weekend was the IAAF World tour in Boston. Other action of note included:

Scottish University Indoor Championships, Glasgow, February 10
Laura Muir clocked a solo 4:05.37 1500m for a world championships qualifier and Scottish native record.

Nikki Manson cleared a Scottish high jump record of 1.90m. Manson improved her high jump best from 1.87m to 1.90m for a 2cm improvement on Emma Nuttall’s record.

Nikki Manson by Bobby Gavin

Nikki Manson by Bobby Gavin

Ghent, Belgium, February 10

Marilyn Nwawulor set a PB and World Championships qualifier at 60m hurdles in finishing third in 8.13. Nick Goolab at 3000m (7:54.41), Adelle Tracey at 800m (2:04.90) and Katie Snowden at 1500m (4:10.09) all finished second in their events but missed out on a Birmingham qualifier.

Barcelona Half-Marathon, Spain, February 11
Ben Connor finished eighth in a world-class 61:12. Ethiopia’s Mule Wasihun won in a course record of 59:44 to break Eliud Kipchoge’s mark. Sonia Samuels was seventh woman in 72:40. First was Bahrain’s Tejitu Daba in 68:36. For more British results see here.

Metz, France, February 11
David King finished third in the 60m hurdles in a PB 7.63 after a 7.64 PB heat and again better the world qualifying mark. Charles Da’Vall Grice was third in the 1500m in 3:41.49.

Rouen, France, February 10
Holly Bradshaw opened her 2018 season with a 4.60m pole vault to finish second.

Eaubonne, France, February 9
Katarina Johnson-Thompson set a UK lead in the high jump of 1.93m in a tri-event and scored 2820 but was a well beaten second to Olympic and world champion Nafi Thiam’s 3052.

The Belgian achieved a 1.90m high jump, 15.52m shot PB and a 8.35 hurdles as she starts 2018 in good form. The Briton’s other marks were 11.93m in the shot and a 8.36 hurdles as she prepares to compete in the British Indoor Championships this coming weekend.

Melissa Courtney won the 3000m in 8:57.33 without any help from pacemakers, while Shelayna Oskan-Clarke was third in the 800m in 2:04.06.

Rotselaar, Belgium, February 11
Adam Hickey finished third in the men’s 9km cross-country race in 28:17 with Midlands champion Alex Brecker seventh in 28:59. Thomas Keen was second in the under-20 6km in 18:49 just ahead of third-placer Joshua Cowperthwaite. Charlotte Christensen was fourth in the women’s 6.2km in 21:06, while Hannah Hobbs won the under-20 women’s 4.2km in 14:58 with Francesca Brint second.
Schoorl, Netherlands, February 11
Callum Hawkins won this relatively low key 10km in 29:03.

Hamilton, New Zealand, February 10
World champion Tomas Walsh won the shot put with a 21.87m throw.

Malmo, Sweden, February 10
World champion Mutaz Essa Barshim won the high jump with a 2.35m clearance.

Boston, USA, February 9
The day before the IAAF World Tour meeting, on a different Boston track, 17-time NCAA champion Edward Cheserek of Kenya (below, right) ran the second fastest indoor mile of all time, clocking 3:49.44.

Edward Cheserek by Victah Sailer

Boston University Athletics
Hemery Invitational Indoor Track & Field

Clemson, USA, February 9
Outdoor world record-holder Kendra Harrison won the 60m hurdles in 7.72 to equal Lolo Jones’ US record. In the men’s event, Grant Holloway’s 7.42 was a US college record and world lead and gave him a clear win over world and Olympic champion Omar McLeod’s 7.52. The Jamaican had run a faster 7.46 world lead in the heats.

Cinque Mulini, San Vittore Olona, Italy, February 11
Gemma Steel finished sixth in the women’s 6km race in 19:07.

Nairobi, Kenya, February 10
World champion Geoffrey Kamworor won his third senior Kenyan Cross-Country Championships title at Uhuru Gardens in 28:33. Stacy Ndiwa was a surprise women’s winner in 32:16.

Birmingham and District Cross-Country League, Division 1, Wolverhampton, February 10
Jay Rossiter won narrowly from fellow Loughborough student Joe Wilkinson as both timed 28:42.

Kent Cross Country League, West Wickham, February 10
Abel Tsegay was a clear men’s winner in 33:58 while Nicole Taylor was a runaway women’s winner.

Manchester Area Cross Country League, Wythenshawe Park, February 10
Jack Morris and Gemma Connolly won the senior races.

Start Fitness Surrey League, Wimbledon Common, February 10
Clapham’s Andy Maud won the individual race in 27:49 from South of England champion John Gilbert (28:02) who led Kent AC to a narrow win over Hercules Wimbledon after one of the closest league campaigns in history.

Start Fitness Surrey Ladies League, Richmond Park, February 10
Sophie Harris, who was 10th in this fixture last year, won her fourth league race of the season. The team race was won on the day and the season by Thames Hare and Hounds.

Tarawera Ultra 102km trail race, Rotorua, New Zealand, February 10
Kyle Greig, who ran for Britain at the IAU World Ultra Trail Championships in Italy last June, finished fifth in his longest race yet in 9:20:28. Dylan Bowman won the race with over 3000ft in climbing in 8:27:41.

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