Several Woodford athletes made the journey to Glasgow to compete in this weekend’s British Indoor Championships. Amongst a number of decent performances there were silver medals for Youcef Zatat, Cameron Fillery and Shanara Hibbert, with both Youcef and Shanara recording personal best performances. There was also news from the US and elsewhere.
Closing in on the club record: Youcef Zatat (photo: A. Wardle)
Youcef Zatat’s silver medal came in the men’s shot put with a new p.b. of 18.61m, as the current British No. 2 continued to close in on Emeka Udechuku’s Woodford club record of 18.96m. Behind Youcef in 4th place in that shot competition was Craig Charlton, a new member, a former bob-sledder who is relatively new to the sport, and he too recorded a personal best of 15.63m. Cameron Fillery’s silver came in the 60mH where, after a slowish start, he moved through strongly to place 2nd in 7.85 secs. Shanara Hibbert’s silver medal came in the women’s triple jump, where her personal best of 13.03m improved her prior p.b. of 12.87m set in 2017. Shanara’s 13.03m moved her up to 2nd on this year’s UK ranking lists.
Others to make track finals were another new member Rebecca Matheson whose 24.43 secs (recorded in both the heat and final) saw her place 4th over 200m. Rebecca also recorded 7.86 sec over 60m. Eugene Amo-Dadzie who has been in such fine form over 60m in this indoor season, had a lucky escape to just make the final. Having comfortably won his heat in 6.77 secs, he slipped at the start of the semi-final and failed to get an automatic qualifying top two spot as he pulled through to 3rd in 6.83 secs. He did get a fastest loser spot in the final and despite a good start which saw him lead for the early part of the race slipped back a little to finish 5th in 6.77 secs. Although a little way off his recent personal best of 6.63 secs, it was nevertheless a good performance from an athlete in only his second season in the sport.
Sam Khogali pictured last summer (photo: A. Wardle)
Also making a final was Sam Khogali in the long jump where, in his first competition of the indoor season, he placed 8th with 7.27m. Missing out on places in the 800m finals despite decent heat runs were Anna Clark in the women’s event where she was 4th in her heat with 2m11.09 secs, and Ewan Dyer in the men’s, where his 1m51.89 secs was 4th. In the men’s 400m Ellis Greatrex was 3rd in his heat with 49.14 secs.
Competing in Manchester, Omololu Abiodun, who had recorded a decent 21.81 secs over 200m at Sheffield two weeks prior, recorded 22.07 secs to win his race at the Sale Open Meeting. In the US at Boston last weekend U/20 Andrew Robinson recorded two season’s bests with 7.00 secs over 60m and 22.04 secs over 200m. HCA member Matthew Arnold recorded 8m20.01 secs over 3000m at Houston, also last weekend, and this weekend saw Tiffany Porter in action at Ann Arbor, Michigan where she won over 60mH with 8.21 secs after a 8.25 secs heat clocking.