In all of his travels, our favorite scribe from Briton, Stuart Weir recognizes all of the Brits who competed in Lausanne. Stuart is a thoughtful man, who loves our sport and throws a bit of humor into the columns too. In the end, our goals are to help your enjoy the sport, and assist you in learning more about the sport.
There was a good representation of British Athletes in Lausanne for the Athletissma. Topping the bill was Dina Asher-Smith who ran a season’s best 10.91 in the 100m, an impressive time but for that pesky Fraser-Pryce running 10,74.
Dina said of her race: “I want to come in to every race and win but the same time it is Shelly-Ann, so it’s not too bad to be behind a champion like her. My coach will be frustrated about my start. I could have run a bit faster and done some things better so it’s a bit frustrating. But I have a season’s best so I can’t complain. There so many people in the world her running fantastic times just now so it’s great that the 100m and the 200m are so competitive at then moment”.
Andy Pozzi was 4th in the 110m hurdles in a season’s best 13.28. That leaves him first equal in the diamond race.
Holly Bradshaw had a solid performance in the pole-vault, 4.72 for third place and also a season’s best. She summed up the experience: ““It was a really amazing atmosphere here. I was quite excited to do this city event and I was ready as I had put in good training. The fact that I started the season with an injury I am very pleased with my third position today and my 4.72m. After passing 4.72m I felt a little tired and I thought I could try 4.82m and the British record but it didn’t work out. Next, I jump this Sunday at a German street event and go to the London Diamond League from there.”
Jake Wightman ran a season’s best of 3:34.40 in 1500. QUOTE
Guy Learmonth was 10th in the 800m in a season’s best time.
Ashleigh Nelson ran a PR of 22.85 in the 200m, showing that competition for places in the normally medal-winning GB sprint relay team is stronger than ever.
Richard Chiassaro was fifth and Dillon Labrooy seventh in the 1500m wheelchair race, which was inevitably won by the Swiss superstar and serial medallist, Marcel Zug.
Jamal Rhoden-Stevens was fourth in the 400m B race in 46.74. However this race again raised the conundrum: How can you have a B race if you don’t have an A race?
Two other stand-out performances were Laviai Nielsen’s 4th place and season’s best in the 400m and Jodie Williams’ season’s best and second place in the 200m. These are the subject of separate posts.