Loughborough International – A Sprint Coach’s View of Performances

19 May

A fantastic day yesterday from Bristol & West athletes at a sun drenched international. Continued breakthroughs from Under-20 Chris Stone this weekend. In a stacked 100 metre B race Chris finished joint third in another PB of 10.56 (+1.4) and just 6 hundredths off the world junior qualifying mark. Now we’re in our specific speed phase of training and sharpening up this will hopefully come down quite a bit! This mark beats Leon Reid’s club Under-20 record. Chris also ran an amazing 200 metres from lane 8, at the end of a long day, running 21.19 into a -0.1 head wind finishing fifth in the A race (the World Junior qualifying for this is 21.00). Everyone in the race had a sub-21 PB and a nice scalp was taken by Chris when he beat Olympian Richard Strachan. Unlucky for Chris not to have the +1.3 and +1.8 of the other races. A better lane draw and a couple more races (only his third of 2014) and sub-21 is more than realistic. Chris also had the honour of first leg in the 4×100 metre relay for GB juniors.  After the relay practice on Saturday whittled the squad from 6 to 4. England tried to poach him for their relay after his day’s exploits! His ability to up his game, and compete against seasoned internationals and full time athletes with such confidence, off of three track sessions a week, at such a young age, is really something I’ve not seen from a Bristol sprinter before. Athlete of the month?
Scott Bajere ran an accomplished and confident 100 metre race in the C race ending up third with 10.58 (+1.5).  Scott pulled out of a scheduled clash in the 200 metres with Theo which would have been great to watch. Second claim Debo in the D race finished third in 10.78; showing great speed for a 400 metre man.
In the day’s other 200 metre races Theo Campbell ran 21.41 (+1.8) finishing second in the B race and Debo finished third in the C with 21.64 (+1.3). Not great lane draws for any of our 200 metre men with 8/1/7 respectively.
Omar was rewarded with a fine PB and second place in the 400 metres A race in 46.61 after a blistering and confident first 300 metres from lane 7. After witnessing that I feel a sub-46 is on the cards in the next few weeks.
Yannick had a major breakthrough which I think we all knew was on the cards. He smashed through the 14 second barrier over the 110 metre hurdles in the match race with a club record of 13.87 seconds (-0.8) finishing third!
Important to note that these times from our sprinters are fantastic in their own right but even more so considering that it’s only May! A real golden age for the club I feel.

Alastair Abrams Reports.