Let’s have a quick look at the rest of the action during the past weekend to piece together a concise background before we fall into the full flow of the season, with the UK Trials looming large on the horizon.
Meeting Citta Di Padova , Padova, Italy, July 17
Martyn Rooney staged an encouraging return to 400m action after sitting several weeks out to tweak things in training although his time (46.36) may not reflect the merit of his performance as much as his place in the race. Conditions were poor and windy, Steve Lewis cursing his luck in that respect this season, to heavily affect performances all across the arena.
Rooney, actually, missed out on the win by a mere two hundredths of a second behind 45.46 performer this season Lansford Spence (JAM) where he gathered the scalps of Jamaal Torrance (USA, 45.11 SB) and Calvin Smith (USA, 45.26 SB), the son of former great two-time World 200m champion of the very same name.
Lewis, for his part, failed to register a single height in a ravaged pole vault competition where only three athletes managed to get over any height set and just a single one, winner Giovanni Lanaro (MEX), went higher than 5m with a best mark of 5.40m on the day.
Emma Jackson enjoyed another fabulous run on the circuit to come fifth in 2:00.26, a mere 0.02 secs shy of her recent PB, as new Cuban star Yuneisy Santiusti turned in a dominant display in 1:58.91 and William Sharman took the same place in the 110m hurdles in 13.63 secs into a -0.5m/sec headwind a long way behind great Dayron Robles (CUB) who crossed the line in 13.26 secs.
Hochsprung-Meeting, Eberstadt, Germany, July 17
Martyn Bernard and Tom Parsons‘s efforts to get hold of some sound heights were foiled by the rainy conditions that very much ruined what promised to be a high calibre high jump competition at Eberstadt, Germany. Bernard, very confident of something good on the eve of the men’s contest, ended up sixth at 2.20 (equal SB) on countback and Parsons ranged even lower at 2.15 as Ivan Ukhov was the eventual winner over 2.24m.
Scottish Senior Championships, Glasgow, July 16-17
European finalist Eilidh Child smashed her PB over the flat 400m in two acts at the Scottish Senior Championships in Glasgow to set up menacingly for a serious attack on the 55 secs barrier over her beloved lap of hurdles.
On Saturday, she swept inside her three-year-old mark of 53.71 down to a new figure of 53.38 secs in the heats before she returned on the track the following day to complete the rout in a massive new best of 52.28 secs in the final, creeping under the UKA B standard in the process. At the same time, she holds no intentions of contesting the flat save presenting an additional option for the women’s long relay in Korea.
Elsewhere, Lee McConnell showed useful speed in a slightly windy 23.49 secs as she comfortably got the better of Stacey Downie (23.88) over 200m (2.3m/sec), having run a SB of 23.48 secs (1.3m/sec) in the heats, while Lee Doran hit his second farthest ever throw of 76.85m a week on his lifetime figure of 77.54 to dominate over struggling lately UK No1 James Campbell, who had to settle for only 72.28m. Further, David Martin won the 400m hurdles in a PB of 51.37 secs and US-based Kris Gauson took the 800m in 1:50.73.
The previous day, Saturday, Susan McKelvie set another useful mark of 63.32m in her hammer itinenary as she is working her way nicely through the season and Andy Frost fell marginally shy of 70m at 69.98m to get the better of Mark Dry in the men’s version, the latter winding up a precise metre down.
Here is video with some of the highlights:
KBC Night Of Athletics, Heusden-Zolder, Belgium, July 16
Helen Clitheroe‘s hopes of gaining hold of the A qualifying standard for Daegu ran into a wave of appalling rainy and windy conditions that virtually transformed her 5000m race into a cross-country contest, running on lengthy puddles and a soaked track all along. Try as she could, she still managed to draw a new PB of 15:29.37 but that was still short of even the B standard and now she is going to face a make or break situation at the Diamond League meeting at Crystal Palace on the brink of the deadline.
Ethiopia’s Almensh Belete edged out her compatriot Genet Ayalew in 15:09.71 to 15:10.45 for victory where Sonia Samuels wound up towards the end of the field in 16:10.44.
Jeanette Kwakye recovered from a relatively modest heat in 11.55 secs to put in a good fight from lane one in the final and grab a useful fifth place in 11.39 secs (0.0) well behind winner Debbie Ferguson (BAH) in 11.15 secs, whereas Joice Maduaka was content to come through her heat unscathed in 11.58 secs nursing a calf cramp.
Elsewhere, Nick McCormick came eighth in a ‘flooded’ 1500m in 3:40.71 as Kenyan-recruit William Biwott Tanui (TUR) prevailed in 3:35.93, while Rory Fraser and Luke Cragg ran 13:42.87 for third and 13:55.55 for ninth respectively in the B race of the men’s 5000m.
The highlight of the meet was great Yelena Isinbayeva‘s outdoor season debut to snatch a tight win on countback at 4.60m from Germany’s Carolin Hingst in tough conditions, as new Welsh record-holder Sally Peake inevitably stayed deep in the background at 4.10m.