Purdue’s performance moves her to No.9 on the UK half-marathon all-time list, while Reece Prescod and Kristal Awuah impress in Berlin and Thomas Staines runs British best
Other recent highlights from the world of athletics are below.
Kagawa Marugame International Half Marathon, Japan, February 3
Kenya’s Betsy Saina retained her title in a PB of 67:49 ahead of Japan’s Ayuko Suzuki who ran 67:55 on her debut.
Irish-born Australian international Sinead Diver ran a PB of 68:55 for third, with the 41-year-old’s time improving the world over-40 record.
Britain’s Charlotte Purdue also showed some impressive form as she was fourth with a PB of 69:46 which improves on her previous best of 70:29 and moves her up a place to ninth on the UK all-time list.
New PB and 4th Place 🇯🇵
— Charlotte Purdue (@charliepurdue) February 3, 2019
There was a Dutch record for men’s race winner Abdi Nageeye as he ran 60:24 ahead of Kenya’s Simon Kariuki with 60:43 and Australia’s Jack Rayner with 61:36.
The top Japanese athlete was Takato Suzuki who ran a PB of 61:45 in fourth.
ISTAF Indoor, Berlin, Germany, February 1
Reece Prescod and Kristal Awuah claimed a British 60m double in Berlin, Prescod clocking a PB of 6.53 to move to joint 10th on the UK all-time list and Awuah running a PB of 7.19 to move to joint sixth on the UK all-time rankings.
Prescod’s time places him second in this year’s world rankings behind American Grant Holloway’s 6.51.
— Reece Prescod (@rprescod1) February 1, 2019
European champion Malaika Mihambo recorded three jumps in excess of 6.90m to win the long jump, including a 6.99m world lead in round four and 6.98m in round six.
New Mexico Classic, Albuquerque, USA, February 1/2
Thomas Staines ran a British 600m best of 1:15.31 to move to third on the European all-time list for the rarely-run distance behind Germany’s Nico Motchebon (1:15.12 in 1999) and Poland’s Adam Kszczot (1:15.26 in 2012). In global terms, it is the eighth fastest ever indoor time.
European Champion Clubs Cup cross country, Albufeira, Portugal, February 3
Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo won the senior men’s 9.73km for Italian club Casone Noseto, with Kenya’s reigning champion Davis Kiplangat matching that time in second for Sporting Clube de Portugal.
Sporting Clube’s Eva Cherono of Kenya won the senior women’s 6.09km in 20:15 ahead of Fenerbahce’s Daisy Jeptoo (20:19) with Spain’s Trihas Gebre third in 20:44 for Bilbao Atletismo Santutxo.
Led by Spain’s Ayad Lamdassem in fifth, Atletismo Bikila won the men’s team title, while Sporting Clube de Portugal retained the women’s team win.
Fife AC and Leeds City AC represented Great Britain, with Graham Rush leading Leeds home in the men’s race.
Tom Wade was the top British athlete to finish, however, placing 49th when representing his Danish club Hechmann Mikkeller Racing Club.
In the women’s race, Megan Crawford was the top British athlete across the line, also in 49th place, as Fife took 11th overall.
Chichester Priory 10K, February 3
Steph Twell broke the course record with 33:17 to win the women’s race in her first event since her marathon debut in Valencia in December.
The first seven men went inside 30 minutes, led by William Mycroft with a winning 29:32.
Alsager 5, Cheshire, February 3
Matt Clowes won the men’s race in 24:16 ahead of Kevin Seaward with the same time, while Rosie Clarke won the women’s race in 27:14 from Kate Holt with 27:30.
Boston University Invitational, Boston, USA, February 2
Lynsey Sharp claimed a solo 2:02.90 800m victory.
BMC Lee Valley Open, London, January 30
Elliot Giles won the Ayo Falola Dream Mile in a 3:59.71 PB, beating Adam Clarke with a PB of 4:01.02.
“I can no longer be dubbed an 800 specialist – watch this space!”@ElliotLeviGiles clocked a sub-four-min mile to win the Ayo Falola Dream Mile at Lee Valley on Wednesday and we were there to capture the action #subfourmile pic.twitter.com/HUzTe2fXTa
— Athletics Weekly (@AthleticsWeekly) February 1, 2019
Kyle Langford made a return to racing, winning the 800m in 1:48.37.
Shelayna Oskan-Clarke won the women’s 800m in 2:06.20.
Charles Da’Vall Grice stepped up to the 3000m and ran 7:58.35 to take 20 seconds off his PB.
Charlie Grice runs 7:58.35 3000m at Lee Valley to take 20 seconds off his PB pic.twitter.com/QNZReW5hYH
— Athletics Weekly (@AthleticsWeekly) January 30, 2019
Clare Elms took four seconds off the world W55 indoor mile record with 5:15.44, while Dave Ragan ran a UK M35 indoor record of 4:18.44.
Clare Elms takes four seconds off World W55 mile indoor record with 5:15.44 at Lee Valley in Ayo Mile pic.twitter.com/aMK9NvAhX9
— Athletics Weekly (@AthleticsWeekly) January 30, 2019
Reykjavik, Iceland, February 3
Britain’s Shelayna Oskan-Clarke won a competitive 800m in 2:04.20 ahead of Czech Republic’s Diana Mezulianikova (2:04.42) and Iceland’s Anita Hinriksdottir (2:04.88).
European under-23 200m champion Finette Agyapong from Great Britain won the 60m in a 7.47 PB.
LSAC indoor open meeting, Loughborough, February 3
Double Paralympic champion Jonnie Peacock contested his first 60m races since his break from the sport, producing times of 7.29 and 7.28. Peacock just got the better of Zac Shaw, who equalled his lifetime best twice with two 7.30 runs.
Russian winter meeting, Moscow, February 3
Mariya Lasitskene won the high jump with a world-leading 2.04m to win ahead of Anna Chicherova with 2.00m.
Other world leads were recorded as Antonina Krivoshapka ran a 51.86 400m and Aleksandr Menkov leapt 8.30m in the men’s long jump.
International Combined Events Meeting, Tallinn, February 2/3
Latvia’s Laura Ikauniece and Estonia’s Janek Oiglane both made a winning return after injury.
Ikauniece won the pentathlon with 4454 points to just miss her national record of 4496 points after marks of 8.37 in the 60m hurdles, 1.74m in the high jump, 13.92m in the shot put, 6.26m in the long jump and a 2:22.79 800m.
Oiglane set a PB of 6085 points in the heptathlon after marks including a 7.07 60m, 7.24m long jump, 15.16m shot put, 8.13 60m hurdles and 5.19m pole vault.
Belgian Indoor Championships, February 2/3
Thomas van der Plaetsen won the heptathlon with a world-leading score of 6132 points, including a 5.50m pole vault clearance.
Hanne Maudens won the pentathlon with a world-leading 4569 points.
USA Championships, Jacksonville, February 2
Shadrack Kipchirchir and Shelby Houlihan were crowned US champions.
Kipchirchir beat Emmanuel Bor and Leonard Korir, who was chasing a third consecutive title. US 1500m and 5000m champion Houlihan finished ahead of Molly Huddle by eight seconds.
» Further coverage and results in the February 7 edition of AW