Sheffield EIS, 11-12 February 2017.
Alexandra Russell continued her outstanding winter season by setting yet another PB as she claimed her first British Senior title at Sheffield on Sunday.
Having entered the year with a PB of 13.05m, she had already extended that twice this season with leaps of 13.07m and 13.10m prior to Sunday’s event. Opening up with 12.83m she reached a new PB of 13.12m in round 2, backing this up with 13.08m in round 4, before hitting it really big in round 4 with a massive 13.27m to confirm victory and her current place at the top of the 2017 British Indoor Rankings.
Ireland’s Saragh Buggy, competing as a guest, took victory in the 2016 AAA U23 Championships last summer with her lifetime best of 13.25m. In Sheffield she set a new indoor PB with 13.08m on her 3rd jump backed up well with jumps of 13.00m, 12.91m and 12.89m.
2nd place in the British Indoor Championships went to 2nd year U20 athlete, and silver medallist at the 2016 AAA U20 Championships, Emily Gargan. Emily set her 2nd PB of the winter with her opening leap of 12.47m, which was good enough to seal a National silver medal by 9cm despite the close contest behind her.
Going into the last round Montana Jackson held 3rd spot with 12.35m ahead of Allison Wilder’s 12.29m and Shanara Hibbert on 12.23m. Lia Stephenson opened the last round with 12.26m before Allison improved her best, and moved into bronze medal position, with 12.37m, which equalled her season’s best. Shanara fouled her last effort, but Montana, seeing herself get pushed down to 4th, rose to the situation and responded with 12.38m to seal her place on the podium by just 1cm.
1. Alexandra Russell (Wigan) 13.27m (PB)
(Guest) Saragh Buggy (Ireland) 13.08m
2. Emily Gargan (Gateshead) 12.47m (PB)
3. Montana Jackson (Thames Valley Harriers) 12.38m
4. Allison Wilder (Sutton) 12.37m
5. Lia Stephenson (Thammes Valley Harriers) 12.26m
6. Shanara Hibbert (Luton) 12.23m
7. Anna Bates (Trafford) 12.07m
8. Carolyn Harvey (Seaforth) 11.85m
9. Laura Zialor (Marshall Milton Keynes) 11.75m
Nathan Fox completed a hat-trick of consecutive British Indoor Triple Jump titles at Sheffield on Saturday with a new indoor PB of 16.53m, just 17cm shy of the European Indoor Championships qualifying standard. His winning leap came in round 1, but other jumps in his series – particularly his 3rd round 16.35m when over-rotating on his step phase, and a long foul in round 4, indicated that his improvement this winter under the guidance of Tosin Oke is far from over.
It was Tosin Oke himself, jumping as guest, who took 2nd place in the Triple Jump event with a season’s best of 16.40m with his first jump of the day, though several long fouls through his usual springy series indicated that he will once again threaten 17 metres this year.
Taking silver in the British Championships was 2016 European bronze medallist Julian Reid, taking part in his first Triple Jump event of the year. He steadily improved throughout his first 4 rounds (15.81m, 16.00m, 16.25m, 16.30m) before taking 4th place in the Long Jump event just 2 hours later. With the Belgrade qualifying mark already under his belt from last summer, and a 2nd place in Sheffield, Julian should hopefully have secured his berth at the forthcoming European Indoor Championships.
Completing the podium in the Men’s event was Kola Adedoyin, taking yet another step back from his anterior cruciate ligament nightmare of 2014. In his 3rd event of the year, each improving over a foot from the previous competition, he showed that with 15.70m despite take-off board difficulties throughout the competition, he is ready to break 16 metres consistently again in 2017.
Just being pipped for the bronze was 17 year old Jude Bright-Davies who improved his PB from his recent 15.44m out to 15.56m with his first round leap. Backing this up with 15.42m in round 5, Jude showed once again what an outstanding talent he is and will no doubt be claiming many senior British Triple Jump medals in the coming years.
Seun Okome, the Northern Indoor Champion, improved his PB out to 15.46m with his first jump of the competition to continue his astonishing improvement in the Triple Jump. Last winter Seun took bronze at the British Universities Indoor Championships with his PB at the time of 13.92m, before taking 9th at the outdoor 2016 BUCS event with a very raw technique. With the help of Toni Minichiello, Seun has developed his technique well over the winter and is another British athlete ready to make 16 metres their territory during competitions.
1. Nathan Fox (Shaftesbury Barnet) 16.53m
(Guest) Tosin Oke (Nigeria) 16.40m
2. Julian Reid (Birchfield Harriers) 16.30m
3. Kola Adedoyin (Newham & Essex Beagles) 15.70m
4. Jude Bright-Davies (Thames Valley Harriers) 15.56m (PB)
5. Seun Okome (Sale Harriers) 15.46m (PB)
6. Jonathan Ilori (Blackheath & Bromey) 15.29m
7. Osaze Aghedo (Swansea) 14.85m