Commonwealth Games fifth-placer goes sub-2:00 for the first time at the British Milers’ Club Grand Prix

Alexandra Bell produced the highlight of the evening at the British Milers’ Club Grand Prix in Watford on Saturday with a superb victory in the women’s 800m, Kevin Fahey reports.

In her first 800m since finishing fifth in the Commonwealth Games final on the Gold Coast, the Pudsey & Bramley athlete dipped under two minutes for the first time in her career with a personal best of 1:59.93.

It was also the first time a British female athlete has broken two minutes in a BMC Grand Prix all-women’s race in the organisation’s long and celebrated history – and earned Bell a £1,000 bonus.

The time puts Bell, whose previous best was 2:00.11 set in the heats in Australia, third in the UK 2018 rankings behind Laura Muir and Shelayna Oskan-Clarke.

In the men’s race Zak Curran claimed his first Grand Prix A race victory with an impressive finishing burst to defeat junior Alex Botterill.

Curran was rewarded with a season’s best of 1:47.86 with Botterill clocking a PB of 1:47.95 to dip inside the qualifying standard for the World U20 Championships.

In the 1500m there were wins for Jamie Williamson with a PB of 3:41.59 and Ireland international Ciara Mageean in 4:09.11, with runner-up Jemma Reekie setting a PB of 4:10.10.

Meanwhile, on the first day of the Halle International Throws event world champion Pawel Fajdek won the men’s hammer with a world-leading 80.70m and Commonwealth champion Nick Miller finished third with 77.05m, while Bayley Campbell was second in the under-20 hammer with 72.90m.

Anita Wlodarczyk was beaten for the first time in almost four years and finished ninth in the women’s hammer competition with a best of 65.71m. China’s Luo Na won with 75.02m and Olympic medallist Sophie Hitchon was seventh with 68.74m.

Christina Schwanitz won the shot put with 19.19m, with Sophie Mckinna throwing 17.37m for seventh.

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