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  • RunUnlimited
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    Over at the Drake Relays, the strong headwinds that severely hampered performances yesterday were back again today, though maybe a touch lighter than the -5.0m/s (!) gusts experienced then.

    Josh Zeller's fine outdoor form continued with another win in the collegiate 110m hurdles final, coming through in 13.79 (-1.8m/s).

    In the invitational 100m hurdles, Cindy Sember came 5th in 13.03 (-0.7m/s), behind winner Tia Jones' 12.84.

    It was a similar story for David King in the men's invitational 110m hurdles, 5th in 13.89 behind Tokyo gold medallist Hansle Parchment's 13.47.

    Meanwhile at the Penn Relays, Kyle Langford managed a 1:46.11 victory in the elite race there, though it must be said that his opponents weren't exactly household names, even in American athletics circles. But a win is a win I guess.

    Another British victory came from the elite Mile run, where Callum Elson managed to finish ahead of Kenyan Festus Lagat. 4:04.11 to 4:04.31.

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  • Occasional Hope
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    Ian Hodge reports Andy Pozzi gets his first legal run of the outdoor season with 13.28.

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  • RunUnlimited
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    More from Ian Hodge.... Here's a name that hasn't been mentioned for awhile now.... Melissa Courtney-Bryant. The Welsh record holder over 3000m and 5000m, as well as a 1500m bronze medallist at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and over 3000m in the 2019 European Indoors, missed most of 2021 through injury, only managing 2 indoor appearances and a solitary run outdoors before being forced to end her season.
    However, in her first appearance on the track since June last year, Courtney-Bryant ran a time of 15:25.90 over 5000m, achieving the Welsh CWG qualifying standard on the first attempt!

    It's still some way off the Welsh record she set of 14:53.82 in 2019, but it's a welcome return to competitive action for the 28 year old.

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  • CAML
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    Since Prescod parted company with JTD his career has imploded. Last year was a farce. Marvin Rowe was involved last season. Has that arrangement been formalised?

  • RunUnlimited
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    Occasional Hope Which btw, takes down one of the oldest British national track records that had still been on the books... For just over half a century, David Bedford held the national U23 record over 10,000m (27:47.0h), which at the time it was achieved back in 1971, was the 2nd fastest 10,000m run in history. Before the arrival of Hicks, the only other British U23 to go sub 27:50 was David Black in the 1974 Commonwealth Games, who ran 27:48.6h as a 22 year old in claiming the silver medal.
    So for Hicks to surpass one of GB's distance running legends, while still just 20 years old (turns 21 in July), is quite some feat!

    That run propels him from 24th on the UK all time list for 10,000m, up to 17th, above the likes of Andy Vernon (18th), former Olympic bronze medallist, and European and Commonwealth champion Ian Stewart (19th), and former European silver medallist and 1976 Olympic 4th placer, Tony Simmons (20th).

    It is also a EC and CWG qualifying time, and just 12 seconds shy of the WC qualifying standard.
    Last edited by RunUnlimited; 30-04-22, 10:34.

  • Occasional Hope
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    Beth Kidger took almost a full second off her Pb, 31.58.48, to get the Commonwealth standard.

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  • Occasional Hope
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    That attitude definitely needed changing, so good for him that he has done it. Who is he coached by now?

  • RunUnlimited
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    Originally posted by dan23 View Post
    9:32.42 steeple for Elise Thorner out in the states!
    Wonderful news! The 21 year old just narrowly missed out on the world championship qualifying time (9:30.00), but has got them for the European champs and the England standard for the Commonwealth Games!

    She also leap frogs over Elish McColgan into 7th place on the UK all time list with that performance, further lowering her national U23 record and being easily the youngest athlete on that list too.

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  • MBChristie
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    At Payton Jordan in California - Track. Came Third

  • Occasional Hope
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    27.40.16 for Charles Hicks over 10K
    Last edited by Occasional Hope; 30-04-22, 09:34.

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  • dan23
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    9:32.42 steeple for Elise Thorner out in the states!

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  • RunUnlimited
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    drobbie Another little factoid to add to this... Lina's time is the first time a British athlete has run sub 55 seconds for the 400m hurdles this early into an outdoor season. Not even the great Sally Gunnell ever ran this quickly in April.

  • drobbie
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    just came on to post about this, smashes her pb on her season opener, qualifies for all the championships, all time top 10, looking promising

  • RunUnlimited
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    Now here's some very encouraging early season news. Ian Hodge reports that out in Florida, Lina Nielsen has taken half a second off her 400m hurdles PB with a time of 54.76, breaking the 55 second barrier for the first time!

    After years of toiling away in the event, it seems that Lina is finally starting to achieve some results. The substantial PB she set in the flat 400m is now getting transferred into her primary discipline and that bodes well for the rest of the this very busy season.

    Lina's time is not only well inside the qualifying standard for the World Championships (55.40), but also takes her to 8th on the British all time list. (Incidentally, Lina becomes just the 9th Brit to run under 55 seconds for women's 400m hurdles.)

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  • JamieSLA
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    I think he's had a major shift in attitude, back to a more humble, balanced place which I think will serve him better. I remember him at the start of 2019 saying that he won't race unless he knows he's running under 10 seconds, or that he'll only be satisfied with races under 10 seconds. As much as this is good ambition, I think it set the tone for the time out he had with injury. Almost a feeling of "if it's not perfect, why bother" - hence the indulgence in cakes!

    I think he's clearly understanding that he's a good athlete that needs time to get back to how he was and the direction he was going in.

    Can definitely see him going under both 10&20 seconds this year and finally some relay involvement.
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