Highlights from another super-busy weekend of peak summer athletics
LEAP, Loughborough, July 18
Harry Aikines-Aryeetey won the 100m in 10.16, with Sean Safo-Antwi sharing the winning time.
Martyn Rooney won the 400m in 45.58, while in the 110m hurdles Lawrence Clarke (pictured above) won in 13.44 and David Omoregie equalled his season’s best of 13.55 in winning another heat. Triple world finalist Will Sharman improved his season’s best after early-season injury to 13.71.
Brett Morse won the discus with 63.06m. Serita Solomon won the 100m hurdles in 13.11. Meghan Beesley improved to 13.21 in second. Goldie Sayers made her season’s debut in the javelin and went top of the UK rankings with a 59.53m victory.
» A fuller report and David Griffiths’ photographs will appear in the next issue of AW.
Gotha, Germany, July 19
There was a clear shot win for David Storl with 21.68m. In the women’s event China’s Gong Lijiao won with 20.34m, defeating Christina Schwanitz, who threw 20.08m.
Veterans Inter Area Match, Solihull
Angela Copson became the oldest ever woman to break six minutes for one mile when the 68-year-old achieved the feat in the Inter Area match.
» More details in the July 23 issue of Athletics Weekly.
BMC Oxford, July 18
Elliott Giles continued his improvement to win the 800m in a PB 1:47.74. World masters 800m record-holder Anthony Whiteman finished third in a season’s best and UK Masters lead of 1:48.81.
Shelayna Oskam-Clarke narrowly beat Jenny Meadows over 800m winning in 2:00.92 to Meadows’ 2:00.99 as both beat the World Championships standard of 2:01.00.
Charlene Thomas won the 1500m in 4:08.92.
» Kevin Fahey’s report from Oxford will appear in the July 23 issue of AW.
Huesden, Belgium, July 18
Ethiopia’s Dejen Gebremeskel won the 5000m in a fast 13:05.38 as seventh placer Tom Farrell set a big PB to go sixth on the UK all-time lists with 13:10.48.
There were also World Championship standards in the 1500m. Chris O’Hare ran a PB to win the B 1500m in 3:34.83 while British champion Charlie Grice was second in the A race in 3:35.29 to also set a PB.
Alison Leonard won the 800m in a World Championships standard of 2:00.95, while Stephanie Twell finished fourth in the 5000m in 15:14.39 to achieve her second IAAF World Championships standard and guaranteed her selection for Beijing.
SIAB Schools International, Grangemouth, July 18
England were easy winner with a score of 520.5 with Ireland second on 358. Wales were third with 266.5 and Scotland were fourth on 220.
While England dominated, Ireland had one of the most dominant boys winners as high jumper Ryan Carthy Walsh won by nine centimetres with a 2.07m victory while Scotland’s Erin Wallace won the girls 1500m in a PB 4:30.80.
» More in the July 23 issue of Athletics Weekly.