A look at some of the top performances on the second day of England Athletics AAA and UK CAU Championships action in Bedford
Day two of the England Athletics AAA and UK CAU Championships in Bedford showed just as much promise as Saturday, with multiple personal bests and even a championship record broken, reports Cherisse Walley.
Former 400m specialist Kirsten McAslan had possibly one of the biggest performances of the weekend as she tried her hand at a new event, taking the 400m hurdles win ahead of Lina Nielsen in 57.31.
Kimbely Baptiste of Crawley finished just ahead of Beth Dobbin of Edinburgh AC/Yorkshire to take the 200m title in 23.54 and Antonio Infantino retained his title just with 21.14.
Edmond Amaning of Thames Valley Harriers/Middlesex also had an eventful day, finishing third with 21.26 and bronze again in the 400m with a personal best of 46.49, despite already doing two rounds of the 200m.
The speed at which Ben Snaith of Enfield and Haringey AC rocketed out of the blocks, anyone would’ve thought it were a 200m final. However, in the last few metres, Koumi Sadam glided past his fading competitors to take the 400m win in 46.14 for a lifetime best.
The women’s event was equally dramatic, and was a true battle between experienced Margaret Adeoye and rising star Maya Bruney, who were shoulder to shoulder down the home straight, both reaching for the line. At first it appeared that European under-20 200m gold medallist Bruney had taken the gold, but a photo finish separated the two by 0.04 and Adeoye, the 2013 World Championships relay bronze medallist, came out on top this time.
The men’s 400m hurdles saw James Forman fly down the home straight, clambering multiple hurdles along the way, yet he still managed to fight off Matthew Sumner in second, to win with 50.72, just shy of his lifetime best set back in 2011.
The men’s mile saw Jonathan Davies storm to the 1500m mark in a time of 3:44 and he finished just shy of that all-important 4 minute mark in 4:00.58, as he desperately reached for the line.
Hannah England continued her winning streak from Saturday to beat a packed field to the line in the women’s 1500m, running a time of 4:17.84 and fighting off Jacqueline Fairchild who took second.
For the field events, a guest at the championships, New Zealand record-holder Tomas Walsh, threw an outstanding 22.06m to smash the championship shot put record.
Laura Whittingham of Sale Harriers also dominated her field in the women’s javelin final, throwing 54.88m, 4 metres clear of her competitors.
» See the August 3 edition of AW magazine for further coverage from Bedford