Jamie Webb and Kristal Awuah have been announced as recipients of BASC Breakthrough awards for their performances at the European Indoors Championships in Glasgow. Laura Muir was voted BASC Athlete of the Meet by members.
Jamie Webb took the silver medal in a thrilling 800m final, running an indoors personal best of 1:47.13. Kristal Awuah, world U20 medalist, just missed a medal in the 60m by one thousandth of a second from compatriot Asha Philip. The awards were made by the BASC committee.
The Athlete of the Meet award was in the hands of BASC members voting via Twitter immediately after the event. They chose the double 1500m/3000m gold medalist and home favourtie Laura Muir in a poll also featuring fellow gold-medalists Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Shelayna Oskan-Clarke.
Laura Muir completed the double double with her second gold medal of the European Indoor Championships in Glasgow, and Shelayna Oskan-Clarke upgraded her 2017 silver to a gold in the 800m. There were also silver medals for Jamie Webb (800m), Tim Duckworth (heptathlon), Holly Bradshaw (pole vault) and the women's 4x400m relay team. The GB&NI team won 12 gold medals between them - 9 by the women; it was the most they had won at a European Indoors.
Laura was the clear favourite in the 1500m, and she duly demolished the field with a turbo-charged final 300m after leading from the gun. She admitted the double was a challenge: “I set myself a big test this weekend. There was a lot of pressure on me but I’m so pleased to have done the job and win the double gold. It’s so special for me to do this on my home track. It was such a big opportunity for me so I’m so glad I could deliver.”
Shelayna's gold came in a more open 800m, but she led from gun to tape, controlling the race. “I’m just so pleased. I loved the feeling of crossing the finish line knowing I’d won gold,” commented an ecstatic Oskan-Clarke. "I decided beforehand I wanted to go out and focus on getting out in front because I wanted it to be a bit quicker. I would then just work really hard on the third lap. I knew at 150m I just wanted to go, and remembered to pump my arms and turn my legs. I know I’m strong, but it is just about making the right moves at the right times. It’s hard indoors because if you don’t do that, it’s too late. I wanted to be out there early and hold on for home. I knew I’d have no regrets then.”
On a thrilling evening of athletics at the European Indoor Championships in Glasgow, Chris O'Hare and Asha Philip added to GB's medal tally. Chris O'Hare snatched silver spittting the Ingebrigtsen brothers despite Henrik Ingebrigtsen's dive for the line in a mesmerising 3000m final at the European Indoor Championships in Glasgow. Henrik's younger brother Jakob won gold. There was disappointment in sprints for GB though, with neither defending champion able to retain their titles. In the women's 60m Asha Philip took bronze, just one thousandth of a second ahead of 19 year old Kristal Awuah. Richard Kilty finished outside the medals.
Following his race, Chris O'Hare said “I’m happy I split up the Ingebrigtsen’s and just being back on the medal podium, it’s been four years since I’ve been on the podium and it’s been a hell four years, so I wouldn’t change it, it’s made me the person I am today and hopefully this is another step forward. With 200m to go I thought I’ve got bronze and tried to give it everything I had to be on Henrik’s shoulder, and it took me a lot to get on his shoulder, but then round the bend the crowd just erupted, and it does kind of pick you up and chuck you towards the line.”
Katarina Johnson-Thomson and Laura Muir won gold medals in impressive style on the first day of the European Indoor Championships in Glasgow. Niamh Emerson took silver behind KJT In the pentathlon and Melissa Courtney a bronze medal behind Laura in the 3000m.
KJT was within 2 seconds of a world record score in the indoor pentathlon. A very long jump showed it was within her grasp, but a red flag meant it would not count. After the event, Kat said, “It was a really good day. I was going to say I couldn’t ask for more but I did want a little bit more. But what I did today was really high level. 4900 points is my second best ever so yes, I am very happy to come away with the gold." Niamh was only competing at the invitation of European Athletics, but she paid them back in style with a PB in all 5 events. She fell across the line in the 800m to hold on to second spot.
There were wins for Laura Muir and Holly Bradshaw in the Muller Indoor Grand Prix at Arena Birmingham. Laura broke two British records in the process - her own 1500m mark with 4:01.83 and Kirsty Wade's long-standing mile record with 4:18.75. Holly won the pole vault on countback with a season's best of 4.81m; she claimed close to a PB and national record at 4.88m.
Other standout British performances came in the 60m sprints. Asha Philip took 2nd just behind Olympic champion Elaine Thompson but ahead of Ta Loo. In the men's event, Reece Prescod ran a 6.53 personal best to take second place behind Su. Prescod has decided not to compete in the European Indoors, focusing on the World Championships, but selectors are left with a headache with other British athletes failing to beat the qualification mark. The same was true in other events, with the notable exception of Mari Smith who ran an 800m PB to book her place.