After waiting in the wings of the global stage for so long, Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Andy Pozzi burst through in Birmingham to become world indoor champions. Katarina took the pentathlon title, and Andy the 60m hurdles. Meanwhile, Laura Muir’s quest for global medals came to a satisfactory conclusion with a silver (1500m) and bronze (3000m) in a championship that saw more GB medals and exciting competitions in both field and track.
Kat’s quest for gold was helped along the way with a PB in the shot put (12.68m) and wins in the high jump, long jump and 800m. She finished on 4,750 points, a 50 point margin over Dadic. Andy Pozzi dominated the hurdles heats and semi-finals, but clattered at least one hurdle in the final on his way to a photo-finish with Jarret Eaton (USA). He took gold by 0.01s in a season’s best 7.46s.
Laura Muir’s campaign began on the first night of the championship taking 3rd place in the 3000m behind Dibaba and Hassan. The same three were in contention for the medals in the 1500m, this time with Laura getting the better of Hassan to win silver. After just missing medals in outdoor global championships, it was just reward for the tough Scotswoman.
Club chairman, John Standerline, caught up with high jumper Tom Gale at the SPAR British Indoor Championships to present him with the Ron Jewkes Trophy for his performances last year.
Tom won High Jump bronze at the European Junior Championships. A week later he won the CAU Inter County and England Athletics Senior Championships with a 2.30m PB to lead the world rankings for his age. Tom came 3rd at the Birmingham Diamond League event.
The Ron Jewkes Trophy is awarded to a Junior male athlete (18-19 years old on 31st December in the current year) for performances over the course of the season.
We caught up with Aled Davies at the SPAR British Indoor Championships to present him with his Susanna Ingram Award for 2017. Club chairman John Standerline made the presentation.
Aled Davies was the only British male para-athlete to win two gold medals in the IPC World Championships. In the F42 shot put final he broke the world record to win gold, having already triumphed in the discus final. The Susanna Ingram Award is named after a former BASC Committee member and a great supporter of athletics who died from cerebral palsy. It can be awarded to any male and/or female para-athlete that has represented GB during the year.
Club member, Mike Fleet, has organised baseball caps (with neck flaps) with the BASC logo in time to be ordered before the Commonwealth Games.
Greg Rutherford, Robbie Grabarz, Morgan Lake and Elliot Giles were all handed host nation's slots in the British team for the World Indoor Championships next week in Birmingham. Katarina Johnson-Thompson has accepted an IAAF invitation to compete in the pentathlon.
STOP PRESS: Megan Marrs has accepted an IAAF invitation to compete in the championships.
The 31 strong squad is as follows:
60m: CJ Ujah, A Robertson
400m: L Thompson
800m: E Giles
1500m: J Wightman, C O'Hare