Olympic champion wins as three athletes go sub-53 seconds and six sub-54 in 400m hurdles
Tim Duckworth breaks British record, Josh Kerr among NCAA winnersMarch 12, 2017
A round-up of the action at the NCAA Indoor Championships, where Christian Coleman achieved an impressive sprint double
Britain’s Josh Kerr was among the winners on the final day of the NCAA Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas, on Saturday, while Tim Duckworth improved his own British heptathlon record and finished as runner-up.
Kerr, who claimed the European junior 1500m title in 2015, denied Edward Cheserek a triple of victories as he dominated the mile event. Clocking a 4:03.22 PB after a sub-27-second last lap and around 53 seconds for the final 400m, Kerr won by more than two seconds, with Cheserek adding his second place to his 5000m win and a later 3000m victory. Neil Gourley finished fourth in 4:06.26.
Cheserek clocked 13:41.20 and 7:55.91 for his 5000m and 3000m wins respectively, with Marc Scott also claiming medals in both events. The GB international clocked 13:43.83 for second in the 5000m and 7:57.19 for third in the 3000m.
After a 6.77 PB in the 60m, 7.77m in the long jump, a 13.09m shot put PB and a clearance of 2.16m to equal his high jump PB, Duckworth returned on day two of the heptathlon to match his 60m hurdles PB with 8.10 before clearing another PB with 5.26m in the pole vault. He was leading going into the final event but Devon Williams ran a 2:41.26 1000m PB to claim victory.
Duckworth’s time of 3:04.24 meant he scored 6165 points to break the UK record of 6006 he set earlier this year. Williams’ winning score was 6177.
Williams’ sister Kendell had won the pentathlon the day before with 4682 points.
Christian Coleman achieved an impressive sprint double as the top performer on the last day of action, clocking 6.45 to win the 60m and move to joint sixth on the world indoor all-time list before running 20.11 to win the 200m and move to third on the world indoor all-time list.
Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake’s time of 20.63 placed him fourth in the 200m.
Fred Kerley won the 400m in 44.85, putting him fourth on the world indoor all-time list, while Ariana Washington stormed to 200m success in 22.42, moving her to 10th on the world indoor all-time list. Hannah Cunliffe was second, after having won the 60m title in 7.14.
Lakan Taylor won the pole vault title with a 4.45m clearance, while Lucy Bryan placed fourth with a 4.40m PB and UK lead. Keturah Orji and Clive Pullen won triple jump titles with 14.11m and 16.86m respectively.
Full results can be found here.