A round-up of recent athletics action, including national championships performances, the Great Aberdeen Run and more
Click the links below for our separate Müller British Athletics Championships and Paris Diamond League reports.
British Championships, Birmingham, August 24/25
Meeting de Paris, France, August 24
Will Claye and Noah Lyles impress in Paris – click here to read more.
Kenyan Championships, Nairobi, August 21
Three-time world half-marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor and 2015 world cross-country champion Agnes Tirop won the 10,000m titles to book their world championships places.
The race incorporated the official national world trial for the distance, while Kenya’s trials for other disciplines will be held on September 12-13.
World leader Rhonex Kipruto was second in 27:26.34 behind Kamworor’s winning 27:24.76, while Rodgers Kwemoi was third in 27:26.92.
Tirop ran 31:25.00 to win ahead of Hellen Obiri’s 31:25.38. Rosemary Wanjiru was third in 31:26.22
Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Run, Aberdeen, August 25
James Hoad (69:06) and Fiona Bryan (78:04) were clear half-marathon winners.
Ben Ward won the accompanying 10km in 32:59 and Claire Bruce the women’s race in 37:17.
Polish Championships, Radom, Poland, August 25
Konrad Bukowiecki won the shot with 21.83m to win the Polish title ahead of European indoor and outdoor champion Michal Haratyk (21.45m).
World champion Pawel Fajdek defeated European champion Wojciech Nowicki in the hammer, 78.61m to 74.75m.
Marcin Lewandowski won the 1500m in 3:57.60, over 25 seconds slower than his Paris Diamond League time of the night before.
Finland v Sweden, Stockholm, August 25
Sweden won both matches with European pole vault champion Armand Duplantis setting a meeting record of 6.00m on his first attempt.
Perseus Karlstrom set a world lead of 38:03.95 to win the 10,000m race walk.
Daniel Stahl’s discus win with 69.42m and Kim Amb’s javelin PB of 85.89m were additional highlights.
Madrid, Spain, August 25
Mike Rodgers won the 100m in a season’s best 9.97 (1.4m/sec) ahead of Jimmy Vicaut’s 10.05 and Japan’s Hakim Sani Brown’s 10.05 and Yoshihide Kiryu’s 10.08.
South African record-holder Carina Horn won the women race in 11.01 (0.4m/sec) over Ivet Lalova-Collio’s 11.08 and world champion Tori Bowie’s 11.09.
Swiss Championships, Basel, August 23/24
Mujinga Kambundji set a Swiss record 22.26 (1.2m/sec) in the women’s 200m.
Daqing, China, August 24
World champion Gong Lijiao won the women’s shot with 19.46m.
Trafford BMC Gold Standard, August 20
Ahmed Bashir Farah (pictured) front-ran the 800m and won in a PB 1:48.48 from Alex Coomber’s PB of 1:48.57.
Jonny Kay won the 1500m race with a PB of 3:48.34, while under-17 Benjamin Reynolds finished third in a time of 3:50.19 – the second fastest time by an U17 this season.
Buenos Aires, Argentina, August 25
Bedan Karoki retained his title with a course record 59:06 – the fastest ever time in South Africa – to defeat Ethiopia’s Seifu Tura (59:16) and Kenya’s Paul Lonyangata (59:49).
Stephen Mokoka was fourth in a South African record of 59:51.
Ethiopia’s Ababel Yeshaneh won the women’s race in a course record 67:44 from Kenyans Esther Chesang (69:25) and Rodah Jepkorir (69:31).
Mexico City, Mexico, August 25
Duncan Maiyo won at high altitude in a 2:12:51 course record while Vivian Kiplagat (2:33:27) won the women’s race.
Brighton Birthday Boys 5000m, Brighton, August 22
In better conditions than the runners encountered in Birmingham a few days later, British 10,000m champion Steph Twell ran inside the Doha qualifying mark with a 15:13.6 time.
Caroline Hoyte just missed Emma Stepto’s UK W45 record of 17:01.41 with a 17:02.1.
International U18 Mountain Running Cup, Susa, Italy, August 24
Welsh athletes Mike Spill (17:03) in fifth and Eden O’Dea (20:49) in sixth were the leading British mountain runners as Spill led his under-18 team to silver medals, while the Welsh under-18 women were also the first of the home country teams in fourth.
The races were won by France’s Hugo Schropfer (16:54) and Italy’s Katja Patis (19:52).
Morton Games, Dublin, August 21
The headline event, the Morton Mile, was run in a downpour with Texan Robert Domanic gaining his second event win with a 3:58.90 timing.
Australia’s Patrick Tiernan survived a fall and the heavy rain to win over 5000m in 13:28.41.
Mark English, fresh from his last-gasp win in Birmingham and chasing a qualifying time for the world championships in Doha, could manage no better than fourth behind former NCAA champion Isaiah Harris (1:48.20) and a time of just 1:49.27.
Durham Summer Cross Country Relays, August 21
Sunderland Harriers won the men’s race and Gateshead Harriers won the women’s event.
Birtley’s Adrian Bailes clocked the evening’s fastest time while Gateshead’s Chloe Wellings was the fastest woman.
Charnwood AC Open, August 25
Double Paralympic sprint champion Libby Clegg raced for the first time since she had a baby. With her guide runner Chris Clarke, she ran the 200m in 29.64.
Two-time Paralympic champion Richard Whitehead contested the 100m for the first time this season and ran 12.79, and then ran the 200m in 23.83.
Paralympic, world and European medallist Jonathan Broom-Edwards high jumped 2.05m.
In the 100m, World Masters indoor 200m medallist Michelle Thomas and long jump medallist from the same competition.
Joanne Frost topped their age group rankings in the W45 & W40 age groups respectively with 13.09 and 12.92.
Six Days in the Dome, Pettit National Ice Center, Wisconsin, August 25
At the indoor Six Days in the Dome event, USA’s Zach Bitter ran a split time of 11:19:18 for 100 miles to break the world record.
That time is an 8min and 46sec improvement on the 11:28:03 that Russian athlete Oleg Kharitonov ran in 2002 in London at the Crystal Palace track.
At the same venue legendary Scottish ultra runner Don Ritchie also set a 100-mile record of 11:30:51 in 1977.
With thanks to Adrian Stott for info.
» See the August 29 issue of AW magazine for more from this week’s athletics and running events