David Omoregie moved to fifth on the UK all-time list with his 110m hurdles PB, while Joel Fearon improved to 10.04 for 100m and Jonnie Peacock broke his British T44 100m record
David Omoregie was among the athletes to impress at the Loughborough European Athletics Permit (EAP) meeting on Saturday (July 16) as he further improved his 110m hurdles PB to 13.25 (+1.2) to move to fifth on the UK all-time list.
Agonisingly, the mark comes less than a week after the Olympic selection deadline and followed a time of 13.46 run by the 20-year-old in an earlier heat which also bettered his previous PB of 13.50 from 2015.
“I know I’ve been training well this week and after my heat I felt really good,” said the European under-23 champion. “I knew if I could keep it clean in the final and focus on my own lane I could run a bit quicker.
“Two-tenths quicker? I was thinking maybe 13.3 but I wasn’t expecting that. I’m just so happy. I’m lost for words.”
Omoregie, who finished fourth at last month’s British Olympic trials, added: “After the trials I was a bit disappointed and I went to Gothenburg last week and got ill. I was really disappointed because that was kind of my last chance for Rio but I stayed focused and kept my training.
“Sometimes these things happen for reason. I’ll learn a lot running this today. I’m still really young. Rio would have been amazing but it hasn’t happened. I’ll keep racing this season and keep trying to chip down my time and finish my season strong.”
Another athlete going quicker than ever before was sprinter turned bobsledder Joel Fearon. Despite having suffered injury this year, he returned to the track and stormed to victory in the 100m final, clocking a 10.04 (+1.7) PB to beat Harry Aikines-Aryeetey with 10.08 to equal his PB.
“That was an absolute fluke and Harry’s fault!” joked Fearon. “He never beats me at the start and he put me under a lot of pressure and somehow I didn’t tie up too much.”
He added: “I’m a bobsledder so I was just getting ready for my Olympic selection for that. I’ve been training well so my coach thought it would be a good idea that we ran and build on my speed so I’m happy with that.
“I’d only ran 10.4 so far this season but I’ve had a few injuries and that’s why I didn’t compete earlier in the year. I’m happy.”
Paralympic champion Jonnie Peacock was also in PB form and in an earlier 100m heat the 23-year-old improved his own British T44 record to 10.68 (+1.4) to give a clear indication as to where he is at less than two months out from the Rio Paralympics.
That mark is just off the T44 world record of 10.61 held by USA’s Richard Browne, who will not be competing in Rio.
Zane Duquemin won the discus with a throw of 61.29m, while Karla Drew won the two women’s hurdles races in 13.46 and 13.62. In the 13.62, Katarina Johnson-Thompson, in her first competition since Gotzis in May, timed 13.85 for third place.
Paralympic medallist Stef Reid recorded her second best ever leap after her 5.78m world T44 long jump record last weekend, jumping 5.55m, while Dan Greaves threw 61.25m in the discus.
Meanwhile, Richard Kilty ran a 100m PB of 10.01 (+1.8) in Hexham. Fearon’s earlier 10.04 had equalled the UK lead held by James Ellington but it didn’t last long as Kilty improved on his previous best of 10.05 run last year to move to seventh on the UK all-time list.
“New PB 10.01,” he later wrote on Twitter. “Fastest time in the UK this year. We also had a streaker before the 100m heat! Next stop #MullerAnniversaryGames Diamond League.”