A round-up of the action as the British Athletics Cross Challenge series begins at Llandaff Fields
Laura Muir smashes European 3000m record in KarlsruheFebruary 4, 2017
Scot moves to fifth on the world indoor all-time list, while Tim Duckworth breaks British heptathlon record in Nebraska
Laura Muir continued her superb record-breaking form in Karlsruhe on Saturday (February 4), smashing the European indoor 3000m record with 8:26.41 to move to fifth on the world all-time list.
The 23-year-old had clocked 14:49.12 to improve the British indoor 5000m record in Glasgow last month and she followed that up by storming to victory at the IAAF World Indoor Tour meet in Germany, beating Olympic 5000m silver medallist Hellen Obiri who improved her own Kenyan record with 8:29.46.
Last summer Muir twice improved the British 1500m record outdoors, clocking 3:55.22 in Paris in August.
You can watch the last two laps of Muir’s race below.
Another Briton in fine form is Andrew Pozzi and after clocking a world-leading 60m hurdles PB of 7.49 in his heat, the 24-year-old dominated the final, improving that time to 7.44 and he now sits third on the British all-time list. Spain’s Orlando Ortega was second in 7.59, while Pozzi’s fellow Briton David Omoregie was fourth in 7.64 after equalling his PB of 7.63 in the heats.
The women’s race was won by USA’s world 100m hurdles record-holder Kendra Harrison, who clocked 7.76 to beat Germany’s Cindy Roleder with 7.90. Britain’s Cindy Ofili was fifth in 7.96.
British 100m and 200m record-holder Dina Asher-Smith ran a world lead-equalling 7.13 in the 60m heats before finishing as runner-up to Jamaican Gayon Evans in the final. Evans clocked 7.14 for the win ahead of Asher-Smith’s 7.15.
Silas Kiplagat led a Kenyan top four in the 1500m with a winning time of 3:38.51 as Britain’s Tom Lancashire ran a PB of 3:39.96 for seventh.
Erik Sowinski claimed 800m victory, clocking a 1:46.80 PB as Britain’s Guy Learmonth finished third in a PB of 1:47.04, while the women’s race was won by Poland’s Joanna Jóźwik in 2:01.26 as Britain’s Shelayna Oskan-Clarke ran 2:04.27 for sixth.
South Africa’s Godfrey Khotso Mokoena leapt 8.05m to win the long jump and Pavel Seliverstau of Belarus won the high jump with 2.30m.
Christina Schwanitz claimed victory in the shot put with a throw of 18.41m, while Lisa Ryzih cleared 4.67m to win the pole vault.
Meanwhile, over in Nebraska, USA, Tim Duckworth scored 6006 points in the heptathlon to break the British record, becoming the first ever Brit to achieve more than 6000 points in the event. On day one he achieved PBs of 6.81 in the 60m, 13.02m in the shot put and 2.16m in the high jump as well as a mark of 7.63m in the long jump. He then clocked a 60m hurdles PB of 8.10 before clearing 5.12m in the pole vault and clocking 3:10.75 in the 1000m.
In New York, Andrew Butchart dominated the mile, clocking a world-leading 3:54.23 to move to third on the UK indoor all-time list in what was his first ever indoor race over the distance.
Jade Lally threw a world-leading discus mark of 62.10m in Sydney, while Morgan Lake won the high jump in Hustopece after a jump off, having cleared 1.92m.
Over in Potsdam, Poland’s Piotr Lisek cleared 6.00m for a world-leading pole vault national record.
» Video via leichtathletik.de