Preview: 2016 Loughborough International Match

On Sunday, 22nd May, Loughborough University hosts its annual International Match at the Paula Radcliffe Stadium. Teams take part from England, Wales, Scotland, Great Britain & Northern Ireland Juniors and British Universities in a match that provides an opportunity for Britain’s top athletes to progress nearer to their Rio targets and young athletes to compete on a big stage against the best senior athletes.

The England team features both winners from the British Indoor Championships in Sineade Gutzmore and Nathan Fox, with both athletes looking to make further steps towards the Rio Qualifying Marks of 14.15m and 16.85m respectively.

Competing against Sineade will be Scotland’s Zara Asante in her first competition of the year having jumped 13.00i in 2015. Her best outdoor performance of last year came in the corresponding fixture with 12.83m. Naomi Ogbeta set a new British Junior Indoor Record of 12.99i in January and returned to that kind of form in last week’s Greater Manchester County Championships recording 12.95m. She’ll certainly have one eye on the 13-metre mark and the qualifying standard for this year’s World Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Montana Jackson started the year with a legal PB of 12.17m, but improved to 12.55i at the British Indoor Championships. Outdoors she recorded 12.50m at the BUCS Championships in early May and then 12.72w at the Middlesex County Championships last weekend, so is in the best form of her life. Sian Swanson completes the match entries and has a PB of 11.80m from 2014. Twice in the winter she recorded 11.61i and will look to use the occasion to come close to that again against her 2016 outdoor best of 11.31m from last weekend when winning the South & East Wales Regional Championships.

Up against Nathan is the BUCS Champion, Thalosang Tshirteletso of Botswana who set a PB when jumping 15.60i taking silver at the BUCS Indoor Championships. He jumped 15.17m to take gold in the corresponding Outdoor Championships and improved to 15.35m a week later. Following a PB of 15.40i in 2015, Scotland’s Chuxx Onyia set his best outdoor mark in the Loughborough International with 15.20m last year. This winter he jumped 15.29i so will hope to be close to his outdoor mark last season. For Great Britain’s Juniors comes a debut for 17 year-old Jude Bright-Davies. Improving to 14.90i during the winter, Jude leapt out to 15.22w last weekend in the Middlesex County Championships and will hope to break the 15 metre mark again in Loughborough. A fellow 17 year-old, Osaze Aghedo, jumps for Wales having improved his PB to 14.57i over the winter to complete the match field.

Live coverage of the event can be found on the Vinco website from midday.

11.30 am Women’s Triple Jump (2016 Best):
Sineade Gutzmore (England) 13.35i
Zara Asante (Scotland) NM (13.00i 2015)
Naomi Ogbeta (GB & NI Juniors) 12.99i
Montana Jackson (British Universities) 12.72w
Sian Swanson (Wales) 11.61i

1.05pm Men’s Triple Jump (2016 Best):
Nathan Fox (England) 16.44m
Thalosang Tshirteletso (British Universities) 15.60i
Chuxx Onyia (Scotland) 15.29i
Jude Bright-Davies (GB & NI Juniors) 15.22w
Osaze Aghedo (Wales) 14.57i

Written by iTripleJump

A Triple Jumper for over 35 years - from an over-hopping junior to a county-level senior - I still enjoy jumping in national and international Masters competitions in the event that has gripped me since my first hop, step and jump onto a springless PE mat. Waiting for that perfect jump. That one perfect jump ...

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