Scottish indoor record for 1500m man as Sarah McDonald, Steph Twell and Jake Wightman impress at New Balance Indoor Grand Prix
Chris O’Hare’s rich vein of form continued in Boston on Saturday as he improved his Scottish 1500m record to 3:37.03 in the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix.
O’Hare held off fellow Scot Jake Wightman to win with American Garrett Heath third. The result meant O’Hare nudged past Andy Baddeley and up to No.5 in the UK all-time indoor rankings, while Wightman’s 3:37.43 saw him go No.7 on the lists.
The previous week O’Hare became the first Briton to win the men’s Wanamaker Mile at the Millrose Games since John Whetton in 1965.
Steph Twell was another Brit in form. Thriving in her new training group with coach Geoff Wightman and fresh from a training camp in South Africa, she went to No.6 on the UK all-time indoor rankings with 8:41.94 after finishing third in the 3000m behind winner Jenny Simpson’s 8:40.31.
Edward Cheserek has become one of the stars of the season so far with his exploits on the indoor circuit. Here in Boston the Kenyan destroyed Ethiopian duo Hagos Gebrhiwet and Dejen Gebremeskel on the last lap of the 3000m to win in 7:38.74 – the victory coming just 24 hours after he’d run the second fastest indoor mile in history.
Behind, there was another British PB as Jonny Davies took six seconds off his best with 7:50.18 in sixth.
Also impressive was Sarah McDonald, who rose from 26th to 9th on the UK indoor 1500m rankings after clocking 4:07.62 for fifth in a race won by Dawit Seyaum of Ethiopia in 4:04.38.
Like Twell and Wightman she has also recently returned from a training spell in South Africa.
Elsewhere, Donavan Brazier came within 11 hundredths of a second of Johnny Gray’s 26-year-old US indoor 800m record with 1:45.11.
In the 60m, Christian Coleman of the US clocked 6.46 to win easily as Britain’s Harry Aikines-Aryeetey ran 6.66 in fifth.
Lynsey Sharp was also in action, finishing 2:02.20 for fourth in an 800m won by Canadian Jenna Westaway in 2:01.22.
Elsewhere, at the Barcelona Half Marathon on Sunday, Ben Connor ran a big PB of 61:12 to go No.8 on the UK all-time rankings. Mule Wasihun of Ethiopian has smashed Eliud Kipchoge’s course record with 59:44, while Connor led a stream of good GB performances.
Luke Traynor also impressed in Barcelona with a big PB of 61:57, while Jonny Mellor clocked 63:17.
Daba Tejitu of Bahrain won the women’s race in 68:36 with Britain’s Sonia Samuels 7th in 72:40 and Katrina Wootton clocking 72:50 and Tracy Barlow running 74:23.
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