Coming up tomorrow and on Sunday. Should be some great competitions given the predicted 27 degree weather.
In terms of Juniors and qualification (even given the unnecessarily high UKA standards) we thus far have the following:
100m, 10.55: 9 qualifiers (led by Rechmial Miller 10.33 and Oliver Bromby 10.40)
200m, 21.15: 4 qualifiers (Nick Stewart 21.05, Rechmial Miller 21.07, Jona Efoloko 21.09, Cameron Tindle 21.10) – 17 men have the 21.75 European standard!
400m, 47.25: 0 qualifiers (Owen Richardson best with 47.50i) – 6 men have the 48.30 European standard.
800m, 1:49.00: 3 qualifiers (Markhim Lonsdale 1:46.97 European lead by 0.77s, Matthew Harding 1:47.92, Ben Greenwood 1:48.80). No sign of 1:48.36 U18 George Mills yet this year.
1500m, 3:45.00: 1 qualifier (Archie Davis 3:43.98). Only 7 Europeans have this bizarrely hard standard…
5000m, 14:20.00: 2 qualifiers (Alex Yee 13:37.60 European lead by 26 seconds (!) but sadly out for season, Tom Mortimer 14:16.64)
10000m, 30:20.00: 0 qualifiers
110mh, 13.75: 2 qualifiers (Jason Nicholson 13.64, Cameron Fillery 13.69)
400mh, 52.00: 0 qualifiers (Alex Knibbs best with 52.61)
3000msc, 9:05.00: 1 qualifier (William Battershill 8:55.84)
High Jump, 2.16: 1 qualifier (Tom Gale 2.22)
Pole Vault, 5.20: 1 qualifier (Joel Leon Benitez 5.40i)
Long Jump, 7.55: 1 qualifier (Patrick Sylla 7.56i)
Triple Jump, 15.70: 1 qualifier (Jude Bright-Davies 15.71)
Shot Putt, 18.85: 0 qualifiers
Discus Throw, 57.50: 1 qualifier (George Evans 60.37)
Hammer Throw, 71.50: 1 qualifier (Jake Norris 78.09)
Javelin Throw, 72.50: 1 qualifier (James Whiteaker 77.03 European lead by 0.65m) – only 4 British men overall have this standard…
Decathlon, 7300: 1 qualifier (Sam Talbot 7377)
100m, 11.65: 2 qualfiers (Hannah Brier 11.61, Alisha Rees 11.62)
200m, 23.80: 2 qualifiers (Maya Bruney 23.51, Alisha Rees 23.61)
400m, 53.90: 2 qualfiiers (Hannah Williams 53.39, Maya Bruney 53.70)
800m, 2:06.00: 5 qualifiers (led by Anna Burt 2:04.52, Isabelle Boffey 2:04.67)
1500m, 4:20.00: 4 qualifiers (Harriet Knowles-Jones 4:15.66, Amelia Quirk 4:15.85, Jemma Reekie 4:15.90, Khahisa Mhlanga 4:18.83)
3000m, 9:25.00: 2 qualifiers (Harriet Knowles-Jones 8:56.08 European lead from Jemma Reekie, Jemma Reekie 9:11.20, has qualifying times in 800m, 1500m and 3000m!)
5000m, 16:30.00: 0 qualifiers (Phoebe Barker best with 16:44.07)
100mh, 13.65: 2 qualifiers (Alicia Barrett 13.22 =European lead, Sophie Yorke 13.63)
400mh, 59.00: 0 qualifiers
3000msc, 10:30.00: 1 qualifier (Emily Moyes 10:27.15)
High Jump, 1.83: 1 qualifier (Niamh Emerson 1.83)
Pole Vault, 4.15: 0 qualifiers (Molly Caudery best with 4.10i, only 4 Europeans have 4.15)
Long Jump, 6.25: 0 qualifiers (Holly Mills best with 6.22)
Triple Jump, 13.00: 1 qualifier (Emily Gargan 13.03, Naomi Ogbeta has 13.25 with +2.9w)
Shot Putt, 15.15: 1 qualifier (Divine Oladipo 16.64, 2nd in Europe)
Discus Throw, 5.00: 1 qualifier (Divine Oladipo 53.13)
Hammer Throw, 60.00: 0 qualifiers (Amy Herrington best with 59.14)
Javelin Throw, 52.00: 0 qualifiers
Heptathlon, 5450: 2 qualifiers (Niamh Emerson 5810, Holly McArthur 5478, Zoe Hughes has 5444)
Mixed bag then, the usual load of track qualifications (except in M400m) but the field is weak, especially in the throws, partly due to the artificially high standards which help no-one… Should hopefully see a few on the day though given the stakes and the conditions!
Amelia Quirk’s 4:15 was in a mixed race so isn’t eligible. Her next best is 4:24 from last year but she’s more than capable of getting under 4:20 this weekend if Harriet Knowles-Jones pulls them round at a good lick as I expect.
Knowles-Jones’ 8:56 & Jemma Reekie’s 9:11 were also in mixed races. Knowles-Jones doesn’t have any other 3000 times in the qualifying period. Reekie’s next best is outside the 9:25 standard. Of the two, only Reekie is entered for the 3000 this weekend with Knowles-Jones concentrating on the 1500.
From the EAA document – “For each event, provided that any European Athletics Member enters only 1 (one) athlete, such an athlete shall not be required to have reached the qualifying standard for that event.”
Presumably, British Athletics won’t be doing that though, hence them raising all the necessary standards?
I will never understand why British Athletics has higher standards for Age Group champs. We all know that the teen prodigies aren’t always the ones who go on to have the best senior careers so we should be offering competitive opportunities to all those eligible. It could also help keep athletes in the sport.
There are discretionary picks available for those with the lower EA standard so fingers crossed there are a few of those. Also some of the younger athletes like Holly Mills may well end up doing the Commonwealth Youth Games.
Re:Under 23s it will be interesting to see what team we send there after the small team picked 2 years ago.
Looking at the entry lists in the sprints we have the likes of Neita, Lansiquot, Shannon Hylton, Edoburun & Prescod. Chalmers is entered for the 400 & Cheriece is entered for 200 & 400 through I imagine she’ll only do 1. No Nielsen Sisters. A few missing names from middle distance events like Langford but Jess Judd is entered.
In field we have Chris Kandu, Jacob Fincham-Dukes, Adam Hague, Harry Coppell, Harry Hughes, Taylor Campbell. Morgan Lake is entered in the HJ & LJ. She was originally due to do Hep in Kladno this weekend but she’s not on the start lists for that now. No idea what her plans are for the rest of the season.
It is encouraging to see the weather forecast for Bedford so let’s hope athletes take advantage of that.
As well as an = PB that’s a worlds qualifier for Morgan Lake
Also a world QT for Edoburun. And Daryll Neita also set a PB & worlds QT of 11.20. Sadly no Imani Lansiquot in the final. Hannah Brier & Reichmal Miller also missing from the Junior races. Not familiar with Romell Glace before today but he improved his PB from 10.51 to 10.21 to win & a PB for runner up Oli Bromby of 10.31.
Jemma Reekie pipped Harriet Knowles Jones in the 1500 with Jess Judd winning the U23 race
Lina Nielsen was a late entrant to the 400H and made the final tomorrow, improving her PB in the heats.
Looking forward to the U20 Women’s 800 final (very competitive) and whilst the U20 Women’s Steeple field is small it could be a cracker up top with Emily Moyes & Victoria Weir if Weir has improved her water jump hurdling.
Early results from day two of the U20/U23 Championships this morning:
Jacob Paul wins the U23 400m hurdles in 50.07 secs, just outside UK Athletics rather stringent qualifying standards for the Under 23 champs in July, but under the standard set by European Athletics, so he could still be selected for the event. As could second placed Jack Lawrie who also went under the EA standard with a massive pb of 50.25 secs.
And in the last few minutes, Orla Brothers has won the U20 Women’s 400m hurdles, setting a big pb of 59.46 secs, again just outside the UK athletics qualifying standard.
Jacob Paul wins the U23 400m hurdles in 50.07 secs, just outside UK Athletics rather stringent qualifying standards for the Under 23 champs in July, but under the standard set by European Athletics, so he could still be selected for the event As could second placed Jack Lawrie who also went under the EA standard with a massive pb of 50.25 secs.
Isn’t the UK standard 50.50? Jacob Paul already had a 49.60 so he’s fine whatever the case.
The favourite, Archie Davis, ran an awful race there in the U20 1500. Just 4th. Was it a bit of arrogance to sit near the back with 400 to go in a very slow race?
Jake Heyward won but he’s a second or so outside the UKA standard.
Another favourite in the 1500 doesn’t make the top 2, this time Robbie Fitzgibbon finishing 3rd in the U23. I imagine he’ll still be picked for the Euros though. Neil Gourley took the title to seal his spot.