BASC Athlete of the Year 2017

Lorraine Ugen claimed second place in the long jump at the Diamond League finals at the Van Damme Memorial in Brussels. Lorraine jumped into the lead in the 5th round, only to lose out to Ivana Spanovic with 6.70m in the final round. Despite distances being a little below par due to the conditions it capped a good season for the British jumper, and was the best result for a British athlete in the second half of Diamond League finals. Shara Proctor, who has had a difficult season finished in 6th with 6.41s.

In a 5000m dominated by Kenyans and Ethiopians, Eilish McColgan finished the top European in 8th place with a Scottish record of 14:48.49 to eclipse her mother, Liz, and more recently, Laura Muir. It topped an encouraging season for Eilish as she successfully transitioned from the steeplechase to the flat. Hellen Obiri claimed the Diamond League title. Another Scottish athlete, Eilidh Doyle took 4th place in the 400m hurdles final with 55.04s.

Laura Weightman finished 7th inthe 1500m final in a photo finish with 6th placed Jenny Simpson. Both ran season's bests, with Laura clocking 4:00.71. Elliot Giles was off the pace in the 800m finishing 7th in 1:47.03.

In the jumps, Holly Bradshaw (4.55m) had to settle for 6th place in the pole vault final, and Morgan Lake (1.84m) for 8th place in the high jump. Both struggled in the difficult conditions.

Zharnel Hughes and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake were unable to impose themselves in the 200m final finishing 6th and 7th resepectively. Up and coming Noah Lyles surprised with the win over world champion Guliyev.

In non-Diamond League events, Rabah Yousif Bkheit and Martyn Rooney along with winner Santos spoiled the Borlee party with 2nd and 3rd in the 400m. James Dasaolu and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey were 6th and 7th behind Jamaican and American sprinters in the 100m.

 

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