The British Indoor Championships held in Sheffiled saw Lorraine Ugen (long jump) become British Champion, Montana Jackson (triple jump) win a bronze medal and three TVH athletes set new club records; Danielle Opara (shot), Pippa Rogan (high jump) and Jude Bright-Davies (triple jump).
Lorraine Ugen in her season opener won with a very impressive series of jumps and had to jump the fourth longest jump in the world this year to win. In a very exciting competition Lorraine was pushed all the way by former British champion Jazmine Sawyers and multi-eventer Katarina Johnson-Thompson who was leading the competition until Lorraine’s last round leap of 6.72m. Lorraine will be looking for more success at the European indoor championships in Belgrade in March and at the World Championship in London later this summer.
The women’s triple jump was another close competition. Montana Jackson won her first British Championship medal with a season’s best of 12.38m. Lia Stephenson had her best British Indoor Senior competition and was not far off the medals and also close to her season’s best with a good 12.26m. Both Lia and Montana will be returning to Sheffield to battle it out for the medals at the British University championships this weekend.
Competiting in his first senior British Championships, 17 year old triple jumper, Jude Bright-Davies jumped a fantastic new life time best distance of 15.56m and new Indoor U20 club record but was unlucky to miss out on the medals with a very good 4th place finish.
Danielle Opara is another TVH university student who will be returning to Sheffield next weekend in fine form. In a strong shot put competition Danielle set a new club record with a very good 14.17m for her best finish at the British Championships 4th, two places better than in 2016.
The high jump was another top class competition with Pippa Rogan jumping a fantastic new life time best and new club record, with a first time clearance over 1.82m, Pippa claimed 3rd place on count back beating two other competitors who jumped the same height.
400m hurdler, Chris McAlister, ran a season’s best in both the heats and semi-final in the 400m (flat). Andrew Walshe was also close to his season’s best with a very good 1:53.17 for 4th place in his heat of the 800m.
TVH sprinters were also in fine form. Edmond Amaning was very unlucky to get disqualified in the 200m for stepping outside his lane in the semi-final as he crossed the line in sub 21s, a time that would have won him the gold in the final. Clieo Stephenson, Rebecca Campsall, Subomi Onanuga and Edmond all did well but narrowly missed out on the final of the 60m sprints with good runs to get to the semi-finals.
British Indoor Championships, Sheffield, 11th & 12th February 2017, Results:
60m SW Heat 1 Rebecca Campsall (HCA) 7.59
60m SW Heat 3 Clieo Stephenson 2nd 7.58
60m SW Semi-final 2 Clieo Stephenson 3rd 7.55; 4th Rebecca Campsall (HCA) 7.56
60m SM Heat 14th Edmond Amaning 6.86
60m SM Heat 2 4th Subomi Onanuga 6.90
60m SM Semi-final 1 8th Subomi Onanuga 7.34
60m SM Semi-final 2 5th Edmond Amaning 6.87
200m SM Heat 3 1st Edmond Amaning 21.18
200m SM Semi-final 2 Edmond Amaning DQ
400m SM Heat 2 5th Chris McAlister 48.90
400m SM Heat 4 Victor Dos Santos DQ
400m SM Semi-final 2 6th Chris McAlister 49.43
800m SM Heat 4 4th Andrew Walshe 1:53.17
Long Jump SW 1st (Gold) Lorraine Ugen 6.72m
Triple Jump SW 3rd (Bronze) Montana Jackson 12.38m; 5th Lia Stephenson 12.26m
Triple Jump SM 4th Jude Bright-Davies (U20) 15.56m PB and New Club Record
High Jump SW 3rd Pippa Rogan 1.82m PB and New Indoor Club Record
Shot Putt SW 4th Danielle Opara 14.17m New Indoor Club Record