Top 8 GB performances in Gateshead 2 (Not Necessarily the Anniversary Games)...

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The Not Necessarily the Anniversary Games, aka London DL in exile, aka Gateshead revisited, aka Gateshead 2 was a fascinating event. Some big athletes pulled, Sifan Hassan, Katie Nageotte, but the performances in Gateshead seemed to help the athletes who were there. This piece, on the top 8 GB performances, written by Stuart Weir in the wee hours of the morning, prior to a little sleep, then a train home back to Oxford.

Thanks, Stuart.

IMG_0803.jpgKaterina Johnson-Thompson, Jake Wightman, Holly Bradshaw, Gateshead revisited presser, photo by British Athletics / Getty Images

Top 8 GB performances

1325603526.jpgJodie Williams doubled in Gateshead (photo from Brit Trials) in 200m (22.60) and 400m (50.94 PB), photo by British Athletics / Getty Images

1 Jodie Williams

PR of 50.94 for second place in the 400m an hour after she took second place in the 200 - ahead of Blessing Okabare, Dez Bryant etc. See separate post.

1325608389.jpgHolly Bradshaw (photo, not Gateshead, but Manchester), photo by British Athletics / Getty Images

2 Holly Bradshaw

Second in the pole-vault with 4.71. She commented afterward: "I have been struggling the last couple of weeks off the back of that 4.90 with some technical elements. Because it is such a technical event you really need to be firing on all cylinders. Stockholm was a battle and Monaco was a bit of a battle. I needed this confidence boost and I needed some reps under the belt to help me feel my jump. I can now go and train with confidence for the next couple of weeks and really get those jumps down."

1325612392.jpgCJ Ujah, (not Gateshead, but Manchester), photo by British Athletics / Getty Images

3 CJ Ujah

Second in the 100m in 10.10, finishing ahead of Andre de Grasse, Fred Kerley and Zharnel Hughes. He said: "I've run consistently through the Diamond Leagues (10.10). It's about being healthy and I'm happy in terms of how it was competitive, but I definitely need to go a lot faster to compete with what Trayvon did out there today. I'll get it right through the rounds at the Olympics".

1325573695.jpgAndrew Pozzi, photo by British Athletics / Getty Images

4 Andrew Pozzi

Third in 110m hurdles in 13.45

Cindy Sember 100m h.jpgCindy Sember, 100m hurdles win in Gateshead revisited (i know), photo by British Athletics / Getty Images

5 Cindy Sember

Winner in 12.69 "Things feel like they are coming together nicely. This was definitely a race to get my confidence up and get me excited for Tokyo and I definitely did that".

6 Katie Snowden

Second in the Millicent Fawcett Mile in 4:28.04: ". I just wanted to position myself well in what was a pretty strong field. Looking at Tokyo in a few weeks it will be really important to nagivate my way through the rounds and pace myself well and I think this was a great practice for that.

IMG_0802.jpgKaterina Johnson-Thompson, photo by British Athletics / Getty Images

7 Katerina Johnson-Thompson

Seventh in the long jump, 6.10m in only her third competition of the year after injury, "That proves that I'm 100% fit. I only got one no jump. It's proved I've made big strides and that I can come out and do the full five jumps off my full approach and hopefully over the coming weeks I can work on my technique a bit more and the distance will come in Tokyo I'm sure".

1325437438.jpgJess Knight, with a PB at 400m hurdles in final meet prior to Tokyo, "we are back on!", photo by British Athletics / Getty Images

8 Jessie Knight

Fourth in the 400H. She tweeted: "We back on track. 54.69 and a PB"

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