Paula Radcliffe Stadum, Loughborough, 22 May 2016.
Britain’s top-ranked jumper, Laura Samuel, took victory in the Loughborough International Match in her first competition on British soil this year. Following a successful unbeaten start to the season in three American competitions, where she recorded a best of 14.07m at the end of April, Laura jumped 13.75m today and will hope to progress closer to the Olympic Qualifying Standard of 14.15m in the coming weeks, including the British Championships in 4 weeks’ time.
Behind Laura, British Indoor Champion Sineade Gutzmore sealed maximum points for England in the Match event in her first outdoor outing of the year with 13.33m, just 12cm ahead of Chioma Matthews 13.20m in her first competition of 2016. Naomi Ogbeta, representing Great Britain Juniors, jumped 12.86m into a slight headwind for 4th ahead of Alexandra Russell’s 12.63m and Montana Jackson, who improved her legal PB to 12.56m representing BUCS.
1. Laura Samuel (Guest) 13.75m
2. Sineade Gutzmore (England) 13.33m
3. Chioma Matthews (Guest) 13.20m
4. Naomi Ogbeta (GB Juniors) 12.86m
5. Alexandra Russell (Guest) 12.63m
6. Montana Jackson (BUCS) 12.56m (PB)
7. Zainab Ceesay (Guest) 12.51m
8. Laura Zialor (Guest) 12.11m
9. Sian Swanson (Wales) 11.46m
In the Men’s contest, Julian Reid completed a double Triple Jump victory for Aston Moore-coached Birchfield athletes as he jumped 16.27m into a 0.1m/s headwind to take victory in his first outdoor contest of the year and move into 4th spot on the 2016 British Rankings. With just 17cm covering the top 4 British jumpers this year – Nathan Fox 16.44m, Nathan Douglas 16.43m, Ben Williams 16.41m, Julian Reid 16.27m – this year’s British Championships could be a hard-fought contest, especially with the possibility of Olympic selection for the country’s top jumpers if they can pull out the Olympic Qualifying Standard of 16.85m in the coming weeks.
Scotland’s Chuxx Onyia took maximum points in the International Match event with a new PB of 15.46m ahead of BUCS Indoor Champion Montel Nevers (representing England in Nathan Fox’s absence while he competed in Holland at the FBK Games achieving 15.72m) who leapt 15.25m to defeat the BUCS Outdoor Champion, Thalosang Tshireletso of Botswana, by just 1 cm.
1. Julian Reid (Guest) 16.27m
2. Chuxx Onyia (Scotland) 15.46m (PB)
3. Montel Nevers (England) 15.25m
4. Thalosang Tshireletso (BUCS) 15.24m
5. Jude Bright-Davies (GB Juniors) 14.55m
6. Osaze Aghedo (Wales) 14.24m
7. Armani James (Guest) 13.97m