Weekend News Report - 7th/8th July 2018

Bosworth Sets New World Record in Anniversary Games

Club race walkers Tom Bosworth and Guy Thomas competed in the 3000m race walk at the IAAF Diamond League Anniversary Games, held at the Olympic Park stadium over the weekend.

Competing on Saturday, Bosworth was twice yellow-carded but avoided a race-ending third caution to win, setting a new world record of 10 minutes 43.84 seconds.

James West produced a top class 1500 metres performance, when he competed at the Games on Sunday. He ran 3.36.59 to lower his personal best and finish tenth of sixteen starters in a world class field.

A year ago West had his first taste of a Diamond League meeting, at Birmingham, where he raced 3000 metres, which didn’t go aswell as he had hoped at the time. However, this year he ran a 1500m time that moves him to sixth on the current UK rankings and also moves him to 38th on the all-time list, which is headed by Mo Farah, Steve Cram, Seb Coe and Steve Ovett.

Although it was the second time this season that West has run inside the qualifying standard for the European Championships, he won’t be selected in the three that go. He is also ranked fifteenth this year in Europe.

The Club’s under 13 boys sprint relay team also received an invitation to the Anniversary Games, where they competed in the Club Connect 4x100 metres relay. They finished fifth of the nine teams with a season’s best of 52.88.

EAP International Combined Events

Another Club athlete also moved to sixth place on this year’s UK rankings was Lewis Church, who broke his own Tonbridge decathlon record with 7319 points, at the weekend. Church finished fifth in the European Athletics meeting, held annually at Hexham, in the North East of England.

Church added more than one hundred points to his previous best and produced three other personal bests amongst the ten events. He started on Saturday by running 100 metres in 11.62, which lowered his best ever time, despite being run into a head wind. He then followed up with a Long Jump of 6.84m and a Shot Putt of 12.99m, both just fractionally below his best. Then he produced perhaps his best performance, which came in the High Jump, where he cleared 2.05 metres to add three centimetres to his best and the Tonbridge club record. Day one finished with a 51.60 for 400 metres, just a fraction of a second away from his pb.

Day two, on Sunday, started with two events close to his best with 15.36 for 110 metres hurdles and 40.89m in the Discus. He then set a new personal best in the Pole Vault of 4.51 metres, before finishing off with two more strong performances in the Javelin, with 50.35m and 1500m with 4.35.51.

Katie Goodge represented the England Schools team, at the home international, on Saturday and finished fifth in the Inter Girls’ 3000 metres in 10.19.90. Videos from this event are available here.

Also, on Saturday, the Tonbridge under 13 and 15 squad finished fourth of the six teams in the Premier Division of the UK Youth Development League. This meant that they also finished fourth in the end of season table and will remain in this top division.

Earlier in the week the Tonbridge over 35s squad won their final matches in the Southern Counties Veterans League, Kent Divisions. The men and women both topped the division one tables, after winning their last matches at Gillingham, on Monday evening, whilst the women’s B team also won division 2. The men and women’s teams go through to the league final, to be held in September.