Latest Athletics News (Week 3 July 2018)

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Ugen wins with Great Britain fifth on the leader board

After Day 1 of Athletics World Cup at the London Stadium, Great Britain lies on the fifth position among eight nations. Captain of the Great Britain team, Lorraine Ugen triumphed at the long jump event with a leap of 6.86 metres. This is following up on her world leading leap of 7.5 metres at the British Championships that took place this month. Britain’s other victory on the first day came from Holly Bradshaw who won the pole vault with a season’s best 4.75 metres. Bradshaw had finished sixth at the both the 2012 Olympics and the 2017 World Championships held at the London Stadium. With a season’s best throw of 73.48 metres, Sophie Hitchon finished second in the hammer, behind world and Olympic champion Anita Wlodarczyk from Poland, who finished with a world-leading 78.74 metres. Meanwhile, Meghan Beesleyattained second position in the 400 metres hurdles, the winner being Jamaican Commonwealth Games Champion, Janieve Russell. Great Britain have a lot of ground to make up on the second day to have a chance at leading the event.

 

Reid gets date for meeting with IAAF regarding Ireland transfer

Sprinter Leon Reid will finally get to know whether his application to represent Ireland has been approved when he meets the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on the 26th of July. The 23 year old won 200 metres bronze at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games this April and wishes to switch allegiance from Britain to Ireland. The Bath-based sprinter, who last represented Britain at the European U-23 Championships in July of 2015, wants to declare for Ireland as a tribute to his Belfast-born biological mother, who recently passed away. However, the IAAF had halted all such international transfers last year, pending a review. If the IAAF approve Reid’s transfer and agree on starting his transfer from the day of the meeting itself, Reid would be eligible to represent Ireland at the European Championships that is scheduled to take place in Berlin next month.

 

Hima Das wins first international gold in track events for India

Hima Das created history at the IAAF World Under-20 Athletic Championships by becoming the first Indian woman to win gold in track events. The 18-year-old grabbed the top spot with a time of 51.46 seconds at the women’s 400m final race, ahead of Romanian athlete Andrea Miklos (52.07s) and US’s Taylor Manson (52.28s) on Day 3 of the event at Tempere, Finland. Daughter of a farmer, Hima hails from an obscure village of Assam in India. When asked about her experience, Das said the last 100m has always been her strength and that good weather conditions and support from the crowd helped her gain confidence.