EIS Sheffield, 27-28 February 2016.
1. Sineade Gutzmore (Birchfield) 13.35m
2. Angela Barrett (Thames Valley) 13.03m
3. Allison Wilder (Sutton & District) 12.77m
4. Laura Zialor (Milton Keynes) 12.57m (PB)
5. Montana Jackson (West Suffolk) 12.55m (PB)
6. Michelle Robbins-Hulse (Trafford) 12.39m
7. Emily Gargan (Gateshead) 12.32m (PB)
8. Charlotte Ogden (Stockport) 11.97m
Sineade Gutzmore capped a dominant series with a new indoor personal best of 13.35m to take gold in the Women’s Triple Jump by over a foot. With Yamile Aldama pulling out before the competition, along with Naomi Ogbeta and Lisa James, Sineade took on the mantle of competition favourite and didn’t disappoint. Leading after the 1st round with a steady 12.93m, Sineade No Jumped in round 2 while Angela and Allison pulled out leaps of 12.89m and 12.77m respectively to show that this was no given for Sineade. In round 3 she responded with 13.29m, and consolidated this further with 13.27m in round 5 before her new PB in round 6, as she jumped with the safe knowledg of already having the title assured. Anglea improved to 13.03m in round 5 of a consistent series of 6 jumps to take silver ahead of Allison. In fourth place 17 year-old Laura improved on her PB 3 times during the contest to cap a great winter for her. Adding 1 cm to her previous with 12.37m in round 2, she hit 12.39m in round 4 before exploding out to 12.57m in the final round to secure 4th place. In doing so she pipped 5th place Montana who added 10 cm to her previous best with her 5th round 12.54m, before improving again in the last round with 12.55m. Michelle was only 3 cm down on her indoor PB in taking 6th with another last round effort, 12.39m, ahead of Emily who added 6 cm to her lifetime best with 12.32m in round 5. Charlotte was only 7 cm down her winter’s best in 8th.
Tosin Oke recorded the biggest leap of the day in Sheffield, but it was Nathan Fox who repeated last year’s success in taking the British indoor title in an injury-hit competition. Darnte Wilson pulled up on his first attempt with what appeared to be a serious thigh injury and will hopefully be back for the summer. Soon afterwards Oke bounded out to 16.48m on his first attempt – but that turned out to be his only jump of the competition as a niggle he didn’t want to risk becoming an injury before Portland curtailed his efforts. Nathan Douglas produced a lengthy No Jump in the first round and seemed on course for a good series when he pulled out a 15.93m jump in round 2 to lead the British entries. However, the pain from a pinch to his knee suffered in his round 1 effort was too much to continue wth in the competition. His departure meant the challenge was on for the other British jumpers to better 15.93m for a National title. After a steady start, and some minor step over-rotations, Nathan Fox hit a frustratingly close 15.92m in round 3. In round 4 though everything was right and he hit gold with a 16.21m jump. For good measure he hit 16.15m in the last round to cap an encouraging series. Of the other protagonists, Montel Nevers added to his BUCs gold of last week with a National bronze at 19 years-old as he bounded out to 15.66m in round 5 after showing improvements in each of his first 5 efforts. Jonathan Ilori was only 22 cm down on his indoor PB with 15.54m, while Nana Owusu-Nyantekyi had 3 jumps in the 15.30s, with a best of 15.37m. Kolo Adedoyin suffered a day to forget as technical problems off a shortened run-up reduced his best to 15.04m, but he vowed to bounce back and, like many today, will now look for improvements in the summer.
1. Tosin Oke (Guest, Nigeria) 16.48m
2. Nathan Fox (Shaftesbury Barnet) 16.21m
3. Nathan Douglas (Oxford City) 15.93m4. Montel Nevers (Notts) 15.66m
4. Montel Nevers (Notts) 15.66m
5. Jonathan Ilori (Blackheath & Bromley) 15.54m
6. Thalosang Tshireletso (Guest, Botswana) 15.44m
7. Nana Owusu-Nyantekyi (Croydon) 15.37m
8. Johnny Sawyers (Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow) 15.23m
9. Ricardo Jaquite (Guest, Portugal) 15.14m
10. Kola Adedoyin (Newham & Essex) 15.04m
11. Arpinder Singh (Guest, India) 15.01m
12. Darnte Wilson (Shaftesbury Barnet) NM