Bedford, 1 – 2 May 2016.
Competing for East London University, Botswana’s Thalosang Tshireletso took victory in the British Universities Championships in Bedford today with the opening jump of the competition – 15.17m. That equalled his mark and new outdoor PB from a day earlier, when he led the qualifiers for the final by 49cm, but unfortunately a leg niggle suffered on his 1st round effort in the final restricted his later marks. Reaching out to 14.91m in round 4 and 14.80m in round 6, however, indicated that at full fitness Thalosang may yet be challenging for 16 metres later this summer.
Chuko Cribb of Coventry University took silver, improving on his bronze from the indoor championships in February, with a best mark of 14.95m in the final round. His opening jump of 14.80m meant that he looked likely to push Thalosang closer for gold during the competition, but over-rotation problems on his step phase meant he had to settle for silver today though well over 15 metres looks well within his grasp.
In bronze medal position finished Robert Sutherland of King’s College London, who pipped reigning Champion Lawrence Davis of Birmingham University by just 6 cm. Off a shortened approach Lawrence bounded out to 14.63m in round 1 but could improve no further, hitting four No Jumps in the process, as Robert improved from 14.38m in round 2 to a new outdoor best of 14.68m in round 4 and then again to 14.69m in round 5 to seal his place on the podium.
Lewis Guest of Brunel University also finished strongly, improving in each round following an opening No Jump, to take 5th place with his last round 14.47m jump ahead of Oxford University’s Carl Britto who hit a new outdoor best of 14.20m in round 1 but couldn’t improve any further on the day.
1. Thalosang Tshireletso (East London) 15.17m (+1.8m/s)
2. Chuko Cribb (Coventry) 14.95m (+2.0m/s)
3. Robert Sutherland (King’s College London) 14.69m (+0.9m/s)
4. Lawrence Davis (Birmingham) 14.63m (+1.1m/s)
5. Lewis Guest (Brunel) 14.47m (+1.6m/s)
6. Carl Britto (Oxford) 14.20m (+1.5m/s)
7. Adam Howell (Leeds Beckett) 14.15w (+3.0m/s)
8. Jordan Harry (Bath) 13.93m (+0.5m/s)
9. Seun Okome (Sheffield Hallam) 13.80w (+2.6m/s)
10. Gage Francis (Cardiff Metropolitan) 13.77m (+1.0m/s) (PB)
11. Louis Allen (Brunel) 13.66w (+3.9m/s)
12. James King (Cardiff Metropolitan) 13.11m (+1.9m/s)