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British Women Stun America And Jamaica

August 29, 2014 Leave a comment



Britain’s 4 x 100 metres relay women beat the Americans and Jamaicans and set a new British record of 42.21. A record that had stood for 34 years has now been broken twice in seven days. There was one change from the team that won European gold as Anyika Onuora came in for Jodie Williams. Asha Philip, Desiree Henry and Ashleigh Nelson were the other record breakers.

In a domestic battle between the European 100 and 200 metres champions, James Dasaolu got the better of Adam Gemili as he finished 3rd in the 100 metres with 10.06, as Gemili got 5th in 10.13. Kemar Bailey-Cole won with 9.96.

The 800 metres saw David Rudisha trying the surprise tactic of coming from back in the field, as he got 3rd in 1:43.96. Ayanleh Souleiman got past him in the last few strides to record 1:43.93, Nijel Amos winning in 1:43.77.

The 5000 metres saw the first three all run 13:07 as Galen Rupp again finished third behind Ndiku and Edris.

There was a dramatic finish to the 1500 metres as America got a one-two, with Jenny Simpson and Shannon Rowbury both falling as they dipped for the tape. Simpson won in 3:59.92 with Rowbury getting second in 3:59.93. Kibiwot took 3rd in 4:00.46.

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Zurich Diamond League

August 28, 2014 Leave a comment



The one day Olympics !

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Birmingham Diamond League

August 24, 2014 Leave a comment



Mo Farah ran the second mile of the 2 miles in exactly four minutes to break Steve Ovett’s 36 year-old British and European record by six seconds. He also passed his own British indoor record by one second to clock 8:07.85, destroying the field. Commonwealth Games 5000 metres bronze-medalist Zane Robertson was 15 seconds back in second place.

David Rudisha led from gun to tape and just missed Jonny Gray’s 1986 World record 600 metres by one second in 1:13.71.  In seventh Kyle Langford broke a 25 year-old British junior record with 1:16.30.

Asbel Kiprop won the Emsley Carr mile in 3:51.14 with a powerful surge in the last 100.

Lynsey Sharp beat a classy 800 metres field including World and Commonwealth champion Eunice Sum for a 1:59.14 victory.

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A Crystal Palace Classic

August 23, 2014 Leave a comment


One of the oldest records in British athletics was set in 1978 when Steve Ovett broke the 2 miles World record in 8:13.51, beating Kenyan legend Henry Rono, the multiple World record-holder and Haile Gebrselassie of his era. It stood as the UK all-commers record until 1999 when Gebrselassie ran 8:01.72 at Crystal Palace.

Mo Farah runs the 2 miles at the Birmingham Diamond League on Sunday.


UK All-Time

8:13.51 Steve Ovett 1978

8:13.68 Brendan Foster 1973

8:14.93 Steve Cram 1983

* 8:08.07 (indoors) Mo Farah 2012


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Stockholm Diamond League

August 21, 2014 Leave a comment



The highlights were the men’s 5000 metres and the women’s 1500 metres. Before the 5000 metres there had only been one sub 13 this year. 2012 World junior champion, Ethiopian Muktar Edris ran a world lead and PB 12:54.83, with Kenyans Longosiwa and Ndiku also breaking 13 minutes. After looking good for most of the race, Galen Rupp finished fourth in 13:05

The 1500 metres saw a dramatic last 100 metres as American Jenny Simpson swept past her rivals for a big 4:00.38 victory. Indoor World record-holder Genzebe Dibaba was second in 4:01.00 and European champion Sifan Hassan had to settle for third in 4:01.62.

The 100 metres was won by Nesta Carter in 9.96, with Chijindu Ujah taking third in 10.10 ahead of European bronze medalist Harry Aikines-Aryeetay who finished fifth in 10.20.


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Britain’s Best Ever European Championships

August 18, 2014 Leave a comment

Mo Farah won the men's 5,000m final


Britain had always missed the magic 10 golds in the past. This time they just kept on coming as Team GB topped the medals table with 12, for a total of 23. Sunday, August 17,  becomes the best ever day for Britain in a major championship, taking five gold medals!

Eilidh Child turned Commonwealth silver into European gold as she won the 400 metres hurdles in 54.48.

Defending 800 metres champion Lynsey Sharp got a silver medal in a Scottish record 1:58.80 after leading from the gun.

Greg Rutherford made it a double gold summer with an 8.29 victory in the long jump.

The women’s 4 x 400 metres relay took bronze in 3:24.34, while the men stuck gold in a swift 3:58.79.

The men’s 4 x 100 metres relay secured gold in 37.93 just missing the Championship record, while the women blasted to a British record 42.24.

Chris O’Hare grabbed a bronze medal in the 1500 metres with 3:46.18

Mo Farah made it another double gold as he won a tactical 5000 metres in 14:05.82. He becomes the most successfull individual athlete in the history of the European Championships with five gold! His last lap was a spectacular 52 seconds. Andy Vernon surprised again with a bronze medal. Mo also made history by becoming the only athlete ever to do the ‘triple-double’ 5000 and 10000 metres Olympic, World and European gold.


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Golden Gemili, Rooney/Silver For Williams, Hudson-Smith/Weightman Takes Bronze

August 16, 2014 Leave a comment



Adam Gemili ran a stunning 19.98 200 metres to become European champion in adverse conditions, equalling his PB and beating defending champion Christophe Lemaitre.

You started to think that Martyn Rooney might finish his career without gold after disappointing so often. He got a well deserved 400 metres European title in 44.71, just beating teenager Matthew Hudson-Smith’s shocking silver in a PB 44.75. Only two British teenagers have ever broken 45 seconds. David Grindley and MHS.

Jodie Williams is starting to look like the future of British sprinting as she took  200 metres silver in a PB 22.46, to go second on the all-time British list behind the legendary Kathy Cook’s 22.10 set at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Dafne Schippers did an historic 100/200 double and recalls the great Fanny Blankers-Koen, the original “Flying Dutchwoman,” who won both sprints in the 1950 Brussels Championships. Bianca Williams finished fourth and Dina Asher-Smith pulled up with a hamstring injury.

Laura Weightman bravely took the lead with 600 to go in the 1500 metres as Hassan took gold from Aregawi, with Laura hanging on for bronze to add to her Commonwealth silver.


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