Andrew Pozzi arrived in the Steel City as the main attraction of the two-day championships, a new British champion, and did not let anyone down as he delivered an assured quality performance, typical of his new whereabouts on the international scene.

‘Mr Consistency’, having run his PB of 7.62 secs no less than three times this term, marked out his territory straight from the heats in a comfortable 7.72 secs and returned later to wrap up matters in a swift 7.64 secs, with only Ben Reynolds offering any sort of competition in 7.83 secs behind.

The Istanbul-bound U23 athlete has now knitted together a string of a sound eight clockings in the 7.6 secs region, as well as the seven fastest times in the UK, to demonstrate his ascendancy on the domestic front and will be hoping to move up a flight in Turkey next weekend.

Behind second-placed Reynolds, representing Ireland now, U23 season surprise Ben Kelk gave further good account of himself in 8 secs dead for third, having dipped inside that benchmark already three times this winter.

Tremayne Gilling blasts to a big PB of 6.68 secs in the men’s 60m final

The other standout performance of the championships came from a resurgent Tremayne Gilling, fully fit again, who tore down the infield straight in a big PB of 6.68 secs and into international province having equalled his recent previous best of 6.74 secs in the semifinals.

The 21-year-old sprinter virtually missed last summer but now looks firmly back on track and this could be a solid platform to mount a bid for a place in the short relay for the Olympics.

Thriving on the confidence of PB of 1:47.84 in Birmingham, promising U23 Scot Guy Learmonth embarked on a lone ride up front from the gun and despite feeling the effects of his enterprise in the late stages he still drew comfortably under 1:50 again in 1:49.29, outside his own CBP though.

An interesting character for the oncoming outdoor season with a lot of potential and could come in with a shout of an Olympic spot behind a strong trio of Joe Thomas, Andie Osagie and Mike Rimmer being established in the leading places in the mix.

Former world indoor finalist James Thie offered glimpses of his old form to edge the men’s 1500m in a decent 3:47.22 (SB) ahead of Harry Harper (3:47.65, iPB) where Phil Hurst came back late to deny Mark Mitchell the win in the 3000m in 8:09.39 to 8:09.66, the latter mounting a long run for home with 400m to go.

As close turned the men’s 400m as U23 now Jarryd Dunn narrowly fended off the challenge of Tim Burn in an indoor best of 47.95 to 48 dead secs with hurdler Niall Flannery getting third in 48.17.

Meghan Beesley edges the women’s 200m

Isobel Pooley dominated the women’s high jump over 1.84m to lay her hands on a much longed-for title and Meghan Beesley‘s strength saw her through in a competitive 200m with Jo White, setting 24.12 (SB) and 24.30 (PB) respectively.

In the men’s pole vault, Nick Crutchley cleared 5.20m to win from U20 Jax Thoirs, who equalled his own Scottish age group record of 5.10m, while ‘forgotten’ Antonio Infantino dusted off his gear to snatch the men’s 200m in an outright PB of 21.42 secs from Confidence Lawson and Andrew Wright, the latter two also posting PBs of 21.50 and 21.52 secs.

Finally, Shakira Whight landed over 13m for the first time ever in the triple jump, nailing a PB of 13.23m, and Welsh record holder Sally Peake clinched the women’s pole vault on a decent 4.20m from Sally Scott (4.00).

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