BASC Athlete of the Year 2017

There's a sense of deja vu as we report yet another fourth place finish in the IAAF World Championships. Yet this one stands out. Dina Asher-Smith - who broke her foot earlier in the year, and only started running in spikes in June - almost pulled off a shock in the 200m final. She ran a season's best in the heats and semi-final, and then took almost half a second off that to take 4th place in 22.22s. Dina ran a terrific bend and was in the mix all the way to the line. It was testament to the young sprinter and her team that Dina was able to take on the world in such an impressive performance. Dafne Schippers won gold.

Field athletes Nick Miller and Lorraine Ugen were also competing in finals on Day 8 of the championship. Both made the cut, although it was a close run thing for Lorraine. Knowing that it would probably take a 7m jump to win, she threw all caution to the wind, but that meant two fouls. A third round 6.72m put her into 4th place. Another two long distances were denied Lorraine as she fouled out again. In the end Lorraine came a way with an impressive 5th place. Brittney Reece took gold with 7.02m from Kilishina (7.00) and Bartoletta (6.97) In the hammer, a third round 77.31m throw put Nick Miller into second place for  a brief while. Knowing that he would need a PB, Nick pulled out all the stops, but was unable to imptove. He finished in 6th place, as higher ranked hammer throwers found their form. Fajdek won the gold medal with a throw of 79.81m. For GB&NI to have a male and a female hammer thrower finishing in the top 7 of the world is definitely to be celebrated.

In the middle distance semi-finals, Lynsey Sharp and Chris O'Hare reached the finals of the 800m and 1500m respectively. Chris qualified in 3:38.59 with an impressive championship run. It was much more complicated for Lynsey. She finished in 4th knowing that she would have to rely on a fastest losers place, but found that she had been disqualified. Lynsey appeared to lock arms with the US runner Lipsey just before the line as she propelled herself forward for a qualification place. An appeal by the British team management saw Lynsey eventually reinstated, as it was deemed that the push took place after the finish line - although she has a yellow card against her - and able to take her place in the final. Adelle Tracey (6th) ran a PB, but both she and Shelayna Oskan-Clarke (6th) were run out of their semi-finals, as was Jake Wightman (8th) who was engulfed by the pack on the back straight having been in a good position at the bell.

In the morning session, Robbie Grabarz qualified for the high jump final with a season's best 2.31m. Jade Lally was less fortunate in the discus, registering only one mark. Our two representatives in the sprint hurdles both failed to progress. Less of a surprise for European U20 silver medalist Alicia Barrett, but more so for Tiffany Porter, although she has had a very interrupted season.

Ashley Bryant completed the first day of the decathlon in 16th place with 4,101 points.with decent performances in all his disciplines. French athlete Mayer leads from Kazmirek and Freimuth.

The most eventful race of the evening was the women's 3,000m steeplechase final, and not just because one of the Kenyan runners completely missed the water jump on the first lap and had to run back to clear it, then after catching up the pack stumbled and brought two other runners down. The race saw Kenyan dominance broken as USA'a Coburn and Frerech won gold and silver, ahead of Jepkemoi.

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