Top results from the past week include two world record-breaking performances by Hannah Cockroft, a team win for Britain’s women at the European Cup 10,000m and a world M50 record by David Heath
While a number of athletes were in action in Birmingham at the Diamond League event on Sunday, other top results were recorded this week including two world records by Hannah Cockroft, a team win for Britain’s women at the European Cup 10,000m and a world M50 1500m record by David Heath.
Daniela Jutzeler Memorial, Arbon, Switzerland, June 4
Hannah Cockroft clocked 30.51 to improve her own T34 200m world record. Her fellow Briton Mel Nicholls clocked 34.99 for third. Cockroft also won the 100m in 17.36 and the 800m in 2:07.62.
Ben Rowlings broke the T34 800m European record with a time of 1:44.16.
Swiss Open Nationals, Switzerland, June 6
Fresh from her 200m world record at the Daniela Jutzeler Memorial a couple of days before, Hannah Cockroft clocked 59.42 to also better her own T34 400m world record. She also won the 100m in 17.53 and the 800m in 2:05.87.
TSV Bayer Meeting Leverkusen, Germany, June 6
Germany’s Felix Streng dipped under 11 seconds for 100m for the first time, the single-leg amputee sprinter following up a time of 11.11 in the first round with 10.97 in the final.
That time saw him become the first German amputee to run sub-11 seconds, with his performance having come just 10 days after surgery to clear up a bone infection following an infected blister.
Freienbach, Switzerland, June 3
Irie Hill set a world W45 pole vault record of 3.65m.
Toulouse, France, June 6
David Heath set a world M50 1500m record of 4:02:33 in Toulouse, taking almost three seconds off the 31 year-old world record. Heath competes for Britain in the 800m in the masters event at the World Championships in Beijing. You can read more about Heath’s masters comeback here.
AtletiCAGenève, Geneva, Switzerland, June 6
Making the most of the perfect conditions in Switzerland, Conrad Williams and Jarryd Dunn improved their 400m PBs to 45.06 and 45.22 respectively to finish first and second and go 1-2 in the UK rankings. The World Championships standard is 45.50.
Dunn’s previous best was 45.70 and he had only bettered 46 seconds once before.
Leon Reid set a PB over 200m of 20.62.
Junior Reece Prescod ran his first sub-21 200m clocking to go top of the UK under-20 rankings with 20.70. The European junior standard is 21.10.
Tom Burton won the 400m hurdles in a PB 49.36 to go inside the world championships standard of 49.50. Jack Green didn’t finish. Continuing his return from his suspension, Rhys Williams was sixth in 51.24.
Meghan Beesley was second in the women’s 400m hurdles in 55.48 and was inside the 56.20 standard for Beijing.
European Cup 10,000m, Chia-Pula, June 6
Britain’s women won the Cup. Lily Partridge was third, Jess Coulson fourth and Jo Pavey seventh.
The individual winner was Spain’s Trihas Gebre in 32:14.94.
The British men, led by Dewi Griffiths in ninth, were fifth overall.
Turkey’s Polat Arikan won the men’s race in 28:09.47.
UK Women’s League, Division 3, Kingston, June 7
Herne Hill were easy winners but runners-up Herts Phoenix retain league leadership.
Stacey Ward won the 1500m and 3000m by big margins to aid their victory on the day.
In the 2000m steeplechase Mel Wilkins set a league record of 7:08.00.
British Athletics League Premiership, Lee Valley, June 6
Shaftesbury Barnet won the match from Birchfield.
Chris Bennett won the hammer with 71.41m.
» Martin Duff’s report will appear in the next Athletics Weekly magazine
UK Women’s League, Edinburgh, June 6
In gale-force conditions, Thames Valley Harriers pulled off a surprise victory.
In wind-assisted sprints there were wins over 100m for Hannah Brier in 11.38 and in the 200m for Shannon Hylton in 23.18.
Eden Francis scored a shot and discus double with marks of 15.66m and 51.72m.
UK Women’s League, Division 2, Bedford, June 6
Bedford made the most of home advantage and won the match. Faye Fullerton gained a 4:35.03/9:33.47 1500m/3000m double.
Victoria Ohuruogu won the 400m in 55.71.
Gran Premio Cantones de Marcha, Spain, June 6
China’s Liu Hong clocked 1:24:38 to break the women’s 20km race walk world record at the IAAF Race Walking Challenge event in La Coruna. Wang Zhen won the men’s race in a 1:18:00 meeting record.
» See the next edition of Athletics Weekly magazine, out digitally on Wednesday or in shops from Thursday, for further reports, results and pictures from the past week of athletics action