Thrills and some spills on the second day of England Athletics Senior, AAA and UK CAU Championships action
Day two of the England Athletics Senior, AAA and UK CAU Championships in Manchester saw some intense competition, plenty of upset and a string of PBs, Paul Larkins reports.
A great long jump competition saw seven men go beyond seven metres in the windy conditions, led by under-23 champ Reynold Barigo’s wind-aided 7.87m.
European Championships-bound British champion Naomi Ogbeta of Trafford (pictured, top) also went further than ever before with a windy 14.15m in the triple jump, one of the furthest ever marks by a Briton.
George Armstrong, also the under-23 champ, hauled the discus out to a massive PB of 59.72m, adding more than two metres to his previous best, while on the track Kimbely Baptiste added the 200m title to the 100m she won on Saturday – a nice 11.35/23.40 double. Edmond Amaning won a superb men’s 200m in 20.44w from Antonio Infantino and Saturday’s 100m winner Andrew Robertson.
Jacob Paul and Hayley McLean won 400m hurdles titles, clocking 51.47 and 58.77 respectively, while Jake Porter won the 110m hurdles in 13.68 and Jessica Hunter claimed the 100m hurdles gold after clocking 13.30, 0.02 ahead of Alicia Barrett.
Sadam Koumi won the men’s 400m in 46.82, while Phillipa Lowe secured the women’s title in 53.91.
Jess Judd also impressed to complete a 1500m and 5000m double. Windy conditions don’t always help distance runners, but after a pedestrian start, she flew around fully 150m ahead of the chasing pack to win the longer event in 16:13.47 to add to her 1500m success from the day before.
Alex Teuten retained his 5000m title in 14:42.42, while the 800m was won by Markhim Lonsdale in 1:54.19. Paralympic champion Hannah Cockroft and Nathan Maguire claimed wheelchair 800m victory in 2:05.62 and 1:48.02 respectively. A close mile contest was won by Jacob Brown in 4:33.01.
Sophie Cook won the pole vault after clearing 4.10m to Jade Ive’s 4.00m and Sophie Ashurst’s 3.80m, while World Para Athletics Championships gold medallist Stef Reid dominated the ambulant long jump with a best of 5.43m.
Erika Kelly won the women’s 3000m race walk in 14:37.73 and Dan King won the men’s title in 12:56.14.
» A day one round-up report can be found here, while the August 2 edition of AW magazine will include more in-depth coverage from Manchester