Joe Thomas and Andy Pozzi have carried the effect of their impressive weekend form to the arena of Dusika Stadion in Vienna, Austria, as they retained their perfect records in the early stages of the season, even though in different fashion.

Having taken apart a notable field involving a certain Boaz Lalang (KEN) in Glasgow, Thomas had hardly any trouble dispensing with a much easier second heat line-up to his third win in as many races in a new indoor best of 1:47.28 at that, carving out plenty of distance on runner-up Vitalij Kozlov (LTU) who set 1:48.64.

For good measure, that was also his third best in a row applying further gloss to an impressive early account so far.

Scot Guy Learmonth, into the U23 age group now, edged out Norwegian Henrik Ingebrigtsen by a full tenth to notch a badly paced third heat in a SB of 1:49.52 while former UK indoor champion Ed Aston came second in a SB of 1:48.85 in the following section.

By contrast to Thomas, Pozzi had a real race on his hands against a surging Gianni Frankis to edge victory by a shade in 7.68 secs at the end, his third fastest ever, as the UK Trials runner-up cashed in on his new-found flat speed to line up a big PB of 7.70 secs for second.

That means that Pozzi has set 7.66, 7.67 and 7.68 secs across his three races so far to display some remarkable consistency on top of his unbeaten run.

Nick Gayle was third in a PB of 7.77 which was bettered by Julian Adeniran earlier in the heats with 7.75 secs for a second PB of his own in three days but didn’t show up in the final later.

Lewis Moses confirmed his promising prospects as he ducked inside the qualifying standard for the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul in a big PB of 3:41.33 for second behind a strong Andreas Vojta (AUT) who mounted the top of the European lists in 3:38.99, edging ahead of Mo Farah‘s winning 3:39.03 in Glasgow.

Steve Mitchell was only sixth in a rather modest 3:47.00 on the other hand and out of line with his recent showings.

Margott Wells’s Greg Cackett beat his PB by the skin of his teeth into a new mark of 6.69 secs in winning the B final of the men’s 60m, having set an equal PB of 6.70 secs in the heats, while JJ Jegede and Matt Burton filled the top two spots in the long jump with 7.67 (SB) and 7.65m (SB) respectively.

Those weren’t the longest distances turned in by Britons this term, however, as U23 James McLachlan leapt to a total PB of 7.72m in the States during the end of the week.

In the men’s 400m, David Riley grabbed an indoor best of 47.53 secs to get the fourth heat and move second in the UK lists this season while European U23 bronze medallist Luke Lennon-Ford won the A heat in a SB of 47.93 secs.

On the women’s side, Nadine Okyere moved straight to the top of the UK lists through a huge indoor best of 53.43 secs but still finished a well-beaten second to a dominant Vania Stambolova, who toppled Sanya Richards from the top of the global rankings in 51.26 secs.

The Bulgarian looks in great form moving into the indoor season as she has also set an impressive PB of 2:02.03 over 800m.

Beijing finalist Sarah Claxton could not make an impact on the women’s 60m hurdles to trail back in seventh in 8.41 secs, posting 8.35 in the heats, as American Yvette Lewis held off Derval O’Rourke in 8.11 to 8.16 secs, a SB for the latter.

Sarah McGreavy couldn’t make her way past the heats in 8.57 secs at the end of the line in the first run where UK U23 400m hurdles champion Caryl Granville won hers in 8.74 secs (SB), just 0.01 secs off her PB, adding in a PB of 25.11 over 200m and a further SB of 56.18 over 400m for an extensive competitive workout.

Finally, Nadia Williams set a big SB of 13.52m to win the triple jump and gain hope that she could eventually beat the 14m barrier this season, with efforts at 13.42 and 13.31m as well.

Yasmine Regis and world U20 silver medallist Laura Samuel tied at a common SB of 13.16m, both in the last round after a full five foul card until then for the latter, while Shara Proctor tried her hand in after nearly two years to a first attempt 12.95m.

Results

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