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  • British U20/23 Championships - Bedford 19th/20th June

    Decided to put this up early doors as there hasn't been any topics focusing on the U20's or U23's so far this season on the forum.

    With all the uncertainty and hastily rearranged scheduling of athletics events due to Covid, a lot of our junior and under-23 athletes have found their opportunities to run, jump or throw qualifying standards for their respective events rather limited. It's only been in the last month or so that regular-ish schedule has restarted, and even then due to the fluctuating situation regarding rates of Covid infections in some regions against others, some venues haven't re-opened yet or are restricting the numbers of athletes who can compete.

    As a result, at least in my opinion, I believe that this particular U20/U23 championships will be the big opportunity for athletes to bag the qualifications standards for their events. Expect some of the usual tactical, slow paced, last lap burn up middle distance races to be a lot more competitive and fast, with several runners needing the times for either the World or European U20s and the European U23s. Also the weather forecasts are predicting that the weather will be fine and mostly sunny - 20/21C on both days and the winds will be following wind too - which could mean that a bunch of sprinters in the 100 and 200m, as well as long and triple jumpers, could be getting their required quailfying times and distances.

    I'll even predict that a bunch of championship records will be beaten in Bedford, so I'm looking forward to the action when it arrives in just over a week's time.

    [Edit] Shame I can't alter the title of this post... But as it was pointed out, this is the "England Athletics U20/U23 Championships", not British.
    Last edited by RunUnlimited; 15-06-21, 05:38.

  • #2
    Also worth noting that unless you're on the Futures Programme chances are you didn't get any elite exemptions to be able to train during the lockdowns over the last 15 months

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    • #3
      Hi, it's Mister Pedant here.

      It's the England Athletics U20/U23 Championships ... just in case someone goes to the British Athletics website to try to find more info.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by LuckySpikes View Post
        Hi, it's Mister Pedant here.

        It's the England Athletics U20/U23 Championships ... just in case someone goes to the British Athletics website to try to find more info.


        Ok, I'll update it.

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        • #5
          Top competitions: Men's U23 800m and 1500m, where you could have up to 7 athletes in each race competing for 3 spots (or even more, depending on the Watford BMC Grand Prix this weekend), which should lead to some epic races.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by MysteryBrick View Post
            Top competitions: Men's U23 800m and 1500m, where you could have up to 7 athletes in each race competing for 3 spots (or even more, depending on the Watford BMC Grand Prix this weekend), which should lead to some epic races.
            Dustin and Mclear have both run sub 1:46 this year (Mclear indoors, and there's a possiblity of doing it outdoors at the NCCA Finals this weekend), while Botterill, Randolph, Mills (who could double up) Pattison and Bizimana have all run sub 1:47. It will be interesting to see the form that Mclear and Bizimana will be in though, as they'll have to fly over from the USA just a week after the NCAA Finals.

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            • LoveSprints1
              LoveSprints1 commented
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              Athletes who compete in the NCAA finals are exempt from having to compete at the U20/U23 Champs.

            • RunUnlimited
              RunUnlimited commented
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              Ahh, thanks for that info LoveSprints1

          • #7
            11TH JUNE 2021
            UK ATHLETICS STATEMENT – 2021 WORLD ATHLETICS U20 CHAMPIONSHIPS


            UK Athletics has made the decision that it will not be able to send a team to the 2021 World Athletics U20 Championships currently scheduled for 17-22 August 2021, in Kenya.

            This decision has been reached for a number of reasons including UK Government guidance not to travel to red list countries; the associated risks with Covid-19 variants; the significant cost and time required in quarantine both in Kenya and UK, but most importantly the wellbeing of our athletes, coaches and support team.

            As stated in the original selection policy for the age group championships, to best support athlete development through the U20 competition pathway and to provide opportunities for more athletes to gain a British vest, UK Athletics will take all qualifiers (three per event) to the European Athletics U20 Championships in Tallinn, Estonia on 15-18 July.

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            • MysteryBrick
              MysteryBrick commented
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              Not surprised by that. The standards were so high very few would have been able to go and there is the Euros anyway - I think this is a sensible decision.

          • #8
            Some U20 news that occured yesterday... 17 year old Joy Eze ran 11.61 (+1.6 m/s) at the Northern Athletics Championships in Leigh, her third PB set this year and second time under the Euro U20 standard.

            Meanwhile today at the same Newham meeting that saw Imani Lansiquot set a substantial SB of 11.18 into a -1.5 m/s headwind, U20 sprinter Eve Wright managed a Euro U20 qualifying time with a new PB 11.64 ( with a rather more helpful +1.5 m/s aiding her ), her third lifetime best in the space of a fortnight.
            Last edited by RunUnlimited; 15-06-21, 05:36.

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            • #9
              The Watford BMC Grand Prix actually saw the first 4 athletes secure selection for the European U23/U20 Championships, as the winners of the 5000m 'trials' (i.e. first finisher) was treated as the trials winner and thus earned their spot:

              MU23: Isaac Akers (13:47.31 PB)
              MU20: Osian Perrin (13:53.03 PB)
              WU23: Izzy Fry (15:49.25 PB)
              WU20: Alice Garner (16:27.84 PB)

              There should be quite a few other 5000m athletes with them, as 3 other U23 men, 2 other U20 men, 1 other U23 woman and 3 other U20 women have the respective standards.

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              • #10
                Toby Makoyawo ran a couple of tidy pb's early June. Looking forward to the continued development of this rough diamond.

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                • #11
                  Startlists are now up here: https://athletics-uk.org/england/

                  Some observations:
                  • Alex Knibbs is doing the 400m not 400mh
                  • Oliver Dustin, Finley McLear and Yusuf Bizimana are not doing the 800m (Dustin because he is clearly 100% focused on Olympic qualification, McClear and Bizimana because I guess they have had long seasons?) so the 800m at the Euro U23s is likely to be Alex Botterill, Thomas Randolph and Ben Pattison. Still a ridiculously strong team.
                  • Similarly, Jake Heyward is not doing the 1500m for the same reason as Dustin (although with George Mills and Joshua Lay entered, along with another 5 men with the qualifying standard, this will be the race of the Championships).
                  • No Max Burgin or Keely Hodgkinson in the U20 entries, totally unsurprisingly.
                  • Amy Hunt is entered in the 200m - can she improve quite significantly from her 23.73 earlier this year now the Cambridge term is over?

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                  • #12
                    Only the trials winner is guaranteed selection so can't rule out the likes of Dustin, especially if they finish outside the top 3 at trials and aren't selected for Tokyo.

                    Also, those who competed at NCAAs have been granted dispensation to miss these championships so again can't rule out those guys.

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                    • MysteryBrick
                      MysteryBrick commented
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                      Aha, didn't know that. If McLear and Bizimana are fit I can see either doing very well at Euro U23s.

                  • #13
                    Conditions at Bedford on Day one of these champs are certainly a lot better than yesterday, but compared to what they were during the week; warm and sunny, then its pretty disappointing that it's somewhat cool, cloudy and there is a headwind to contend with.

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                    • #14
                      In the U20 men's 400m heats, UK #1 Charlie Carvell continues his good form this season, winning it easily in 47.26, yet another time for him under the European U20 standard (47.50) and establishing he is a medal contender for those championships in July.

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                      • #15
                        A noticeable result from Bedford today is Lucy Hadaway winning the U23 long jump with a 13cm, wind legal PB of 6.53m (+1.6 m/s). Well done to her!

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