2nd July 2017 – Matthew Hudson-Smith (GBR) and Steph Twell (GBR) not only defended their British titles but they also booked their places for the World Championships at the start of next month.
Matthew was in a class of his own in the 400m as he dominated both his heat and then the final. His winning time of 44.99 seconds was a seasons best and he will be looking to go even faster over the coming weeks.
In the women’s 5000m Steph bided her time, covering any break that developed on the front. At the bell just two remained in the hunt for the win but still Steph sat in second. Finally, with just under 200m remaining she kicked hard and moved away to take victory in 15:35.55.
Andrew Osagie (GBR) was involved in a competitive men’s 800m final and was unfortunate to be knocked off his stride several times in the closing stages. Despite finishing fifth he is the fastest in Britain this year and so still has every chance of being in London.
Demonstrating the high standards that she expects of herself Dina Asher-Smith (GBR) was disappointed to only finish sixth in the women’s 100m. This was despite breaking her foot back in February and the heat and final here being her first two races back.
Two more athletes who have also endured prolonged periods of injury are Perri Shakes-Drayton (GBR) and Chris Thompson (GBR). It was great to see both back in action once more and they also achieved sixth places finishes in the women’s 400m and men’s 5000m respectively.