A round-up of Loughborough International Athletics match action at the Paula Radcliffe Stadium
Qualification for the big championships of 2017 was the name of the game at the Loughborough International Athletics match as European Junior, European U23 and World Champs marks fell to a select few, reports Paul Larkins.
But it was T38 sprinter Sophie Hahn who stole the show, running a world record 12.49 in the 100m with a 1.5m/s wind.
Hahn, a local athlete, used her home track advantage to full effect to power away in the second half.
“Training’s going really well and I’ve been working very hard on my blocks,” she said. “But I still can’t believe that. Marlou [van Rhijn] was my biggest threat as I know she’s a good starter, so I was just thinking ‘keep relaxed, keep pumping your arms and hopefully she won’t catch you’. She’s a fantastic athlete so I’m really pleased.”
Not everyone was quite as fortunate, however, when it came to wind readings. Ojie Edoburun, like Hahn, looked magnificent in the 100m but discovered his 10.06 victory was marginally wind assisted at 2.1m/s. Two minutes later the next race had a wind reading of just 1.0m/s.
But his run summed up what the day was all about. It was an afternoon of laying down markers for the season, dusting off winter sluggishness and discovering what work needs to be done.
Other winners on Sunday included Andrew Pozzi with 13.32 and 13.35 in his two 110m hurdles races, as David Omoregie placed runner-up in the first with 13.47 to also achieve a World Championships qualifying time, while Jack Green clocked a 49.27 world qualifier to win the 400m hurdles from Seb Rodger.
There was a Scottish 1-2 in the men’s hammer as Mark Dry won by just a single centimetre with 71.73m from Chris Bennett. Jake Norris came closer to the GB under-20 record with the 6kg hammer with his throw of 78.09m.
English record-holder Jade Lally won the discus with 57.64m.
Jessica Judd was dominant in the 3000m as she clocked 8:59.60 for a more than 20-second victory.
British Universities’ Cameron Chalmers won the men’s 400m match race in 45.93 and Scotland’s Zoey Clark the women’s in 52.64.
There were two British under-18 records as James Tomlinson threw 63.48m in the discus and Sarah Omoregie 16.28m in the shot.
Richard Kilty, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, Danny Talbot and Joel Fearon combined to clock 38.41 in the 4x100m, while Scotland won the women’s 4x400m and England the men’s 4x400m to bring the meeting to a close.
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» For much more in-depth coverage see the May 25 edition of AW magazine