Highlights from the past week of athletics action, including results from the Manchester International, Scottish Championships and Folksam Grand Prix
Other recent highlights are below.
Manchester International, Sportcity, August 14
This team event, which took place at a wet Sportcity, saw the England team finish on top.
The best performances came in the hammer.
In the women’s event, Jessica Mayho strengthened her hold on second position in the UK rankings behind Sophie Hitchen as she improved her PB to 66.44m with a two-metre plus win over Scotland’s Rachel Hunter.
The men’s event saw a win for Osian Jones as the Welshman threw a quality 73.09m to gain victory over Craig Murch.
In the men’s discus, former NCAA champion Nick Percy won with a 61.09m throw which gave him a clear win over top UK-ranked Gregory Thompson.
Cameron Corbishley showed good speed for the upcoming 50km in Doha with a 11:44.98 win in the 3000m race walk.
Britain’s two European under-20 800m champions both won with superb kicks. Oliver Dustin won by over a second in 1:50.08, while Isabelle Boffey took the women’s race in 2:06.98.
Another junior who kicked to victory was European under-18 3000m champion Thomas Keen in the mile.
Kimbely Baptiste followed up her England Championships successes with another sprint double with wins in 11.61 and 23.55.
Adam Thomas won the men’s match 100m in 10.44 though Sam Gordon went quicker with 10.31 in another race.
There were impressive para-athletics wins for Sophie Hahn with a 12.72 200m and American Mikey Brannigan in the 1500m, which he won in 3:54.72.
Scottish FPSG Senior & U17 Championships, Grangemouth, August 17-18
Winners on day one included Michael Olsen (10.38, +2.5m/sec) and Katy Wyper (11.85, +3.2m/sec) in the 100m, Annabel Simpson (16:40.28) in the 5000m, Kirsty Law (53.28m) in the discus and Nikki Manson (1.87m) in the high jump.
Jax Thoirs set a championship best performance of 5.33m to retain his pole vault title.
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On day two, Nick Percy claimed a fourth men’s discus title with his throw of 59.92m, while Rachel Hunter claimed her second hammer title with a best throw of 64.01m.
Two GB internationals – senior Neil Gourley and European under-20 finalist Sarah Calvert – won the 800m titles in respective times of 1:48.79 and 2:08.37.
Sarah Inglis took the 1500m title after running 4:13.42 and Welsh athlete Kristian Jones won the 5000m in 14:15.66. Sarah Warnock retained her long jump title with a leap of 6.07m.
After her high jump win, Manson also won the javelin with a throw of 40.01m.
Kayleigh Haggo improved the world record in the women’s RR2 race running 400m with her time of 82.52.
Lee Valley Sprint Double 100m Open Series, August 14
Romell Glave, racing with a 2.5m/sec tailwind, had a sensational 100m breakthrough with 10.06.
The 19 year-old’s previous fastest was a legal 10.21 in winning at the British Under-20 Championships in 2017.
Cork City Sports International, Cork, Ireland, August 14
World champion Luvo Manyonga won the long jump with a meeting record of 8.20m (+0.6m/sec).
USA’s Candace Hill ran 11.37 (+3.2m/sec) and 23.07 (+1.6m/sec) in the sprints.
Britain’s Asha Philip ran 11.47 for third in the 100m, while Ashleigh Nelson clocked 23.16 in the 200m ahead of Finette Agyapong with 23.18.
USA’s Isaiah Harris won the 800m in 1:47.41 ahead of GB’s Spencer Thomas (1:47.83) and Jake Wightman (1:47.95).
BMC Regional Races, Tipton, August 13
Sarah McDonald achieved her first sub-two-minute 800m, paced by Lynsey Sharp.
1.59.91!! I finally broke 2 mins for the 800 🙌🙌 HUGE thanks to Lynsey Sharp for pacing 🌟
— Sarah McDonald (@SarahAMcDonald) August 13, 2019
Her 1:59.91 puts her fifth in the 2019 UK rankings as she won the race by over five seconds.
Folksam Grand Prix, Gothenburg, Sweden, August 16
European champion Armand Duplantis won the pole vault with 5.90m before three attempts at 6.00m, while Kalle Berglund improved his Swedish record to 3:34.89 to win the 1500m.
There was a British one-two in the women’s long jump for Shara Proctor (6.56m, +1.0m/sec) and Jazmin Sawyers (6.44m, +1.2m/sec).
Algeria’s Abdelmalik Lahoulou won the 400m hurdles in 49.66 from GB’s Dai Greene in 50.05.
British Athletics Parallel Success, Newham, August 18
European silver medallist Rafi Solaiman broke the RR3 race running 100m world record by 0.02 with his time of 17.24.
Racing for the first time this year, Richard Whitehead clocked 24.35 (-0.8m/sec) for 200m.
New Balance Falmouth Road Race, USA, August 18
Leonard Korir became the first American man to win the seven-mile race in 31 years, breaking the tape in 32:11.
Kenya’s Sharon Lokedi won the women’s race in 36:29.
Britain’s Tish Jones and Lily Partridge finished fourth and 15th with respective times of 37:43 and 39:48.
Athlete Night Games, Fukui, Japan, August 17
In the men’s long jump, Shotaro Shiroyama broke the 27-year-old Japanese record with a leap of 8.40m (+1.5m/sec). Behind him there were also PBs for Yuki Hashioka with 8.32m (+1.6m/sec) and Hibiki Tsuha with 8.23m (+0.6m/sec).
【Athlete Night Games in Fukui🦀】
— JAAF（日本陸上競技連盟） (@jaaf_official) August 17, 2019
There were also national records by Shun-ya Takayama with 13.25 (+1.1m/sec) in the 110m hurdles and Asuka Terada with 13.00 (+1.4m/sec) in the 100m hurdles.
World Orienteering Championships, Østfold, Norway, August 12-17
The women’s distance race was won by Skyrunning world champion Tove Alexandersson of Sweden by more than six minutes ahead of her team-mate Lina Strand. Britain’s Jo Shepherd was 21st and Charlotte Watson 36th.
Olav Lundanes won the men’s title on home soil, a minute and a half ahead of his team-mate Kasper Fosser. Great Britain’s Hector Haines and Graham Gristwood finished in 20th and 21st.
The next day, Alexandersson and Lundanes both also won the middle distance events. GB’s Megan Carter Davies, Jo Shepherd and Catherine Taylor finished in 21st, 24th and 27th respectively in the women’s race, while Ralph Street was 19th and Peter Hodkinson 31st in the men’s event.
» See the August 22 issue of AW magazine for more from this week’s athletics and running events