Olympic pole vault bronze medalist and Loughborough scholar Holly Bradshaw (coach: Scott Simpson) won the UK Championships this weekend, securing her automatic selection to compete at the World Championships in Athletics this month next.
The World Championships in Oregon, USA, is the first of three major athletics meets this summer, followed closely by the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and then the European Championships in Munich, Germany.
Bradshaw was one of nine current Loughborough students to step onto the podium in Manchester, in a championship which saw 115 Loughborough-linked athletes (current students, alumni or Loughborough-based) win 30 medals over the three competition days. She was joined on the pole vault podium by training partner and college colleague Molly Caudery (Simpson) who pushed Bradshaw all the way, both jumping 4.50m, and who is also hoping to be selected for the World Championships later this week.
Bekah Walton (Dave Turner), overcame an illness bug and headwinds in the stadium to retain her British javelin title with a throw of 51.87m, and was joined on the podium by Emily Dibble (Turner), who threw a PB of 51.54m to add a UK Championships silver medal to the BUCS silver she won in May. BUCS gold medalist Dan Bainbridge (Mike McNeill) won another UK Championship medal, this time taking bronze with a throw of 71.35m.
Paralympic champion Thomas Young (Joe McDonnell), still recovering from a bout with COVID, suffered a rare domestic loss to former Loughborough Zac Shaw (Leon Baptiste) in the mixed 100m standings. With favorable winds for all short sprints over the weekend, Shaw won the race in 10.66 to Young’s 10.80. Current student Emmanuel Oyinbo-Coker made it a full podium at Loughborough with a time of 11.03, but with a wind of +4.6m/s, unfortunately neither time will count for record purposes.
Jessica Judd already has her place on the plane for the assured World Championships in the 10,000m, as the PhD candidate won the trials for that event earlier this month, but she is now also available for selection in the 5000m after a second place at the UK Championships. Judd has also been selected to compete for England at the Commonwealth Games, so it’s shaping up to be a busy summer for one of Loughborough Athletics’ all-time leading BUCS points scorers.
Loughborough’s jump setup is excellent, highlighted by a bronze medal from scholar and BUCS indoor triple jump champion Lily Hulland (Lukasz Zawila) who jumped 12.84m. She was joined in the women’s triple jump final by freshman Georgie Forde-Wells (Zawila) who finished in 9e square. The two triple jumpers contributed to a total of 28 Loughborough-based jumpers/alumni competing over the weekend, winning 12 medals between them in the long jump, triple jump, high jump and high jump. perch.
Notable performances from the alumni included an impressive win from Jake Wightman in one of the most demanding races of the weekend, the men’s 1500m, with Wightman reshuffling Olympic medalist Josh Kerr to secure his spot on the team for World’s Championships. Current Seeker Matt Stonier (Chris & Sonia McGeorge), recently selected for the Commonwealth of England squad, finished a commendable 6e place in a truly world-class field.
Former Olympian and Jessie Knight, formerly coached by Loughborough sprints and hurdles manager Nick Dakin, also secured her automatic World Championships selection by winning the women’s 400mH in 55.08. Underlining Loughborough’s strong tradition in this event, half the pitch had Loughborough links with current student Zoe Pollock (Nick Dakin) finishing in 6e place and former Jess Turner and Jess Tappin finishing in 4e and 5e place respectively.
Femi Akinsanya, Director of Sport, commented: “It’s fantastic to come to a UK Championship and to have such a presence at Loughborough here, not only from the competitors but also from a team perspective. coaches and support staff. We saw podiums and personal bests over the three days of competition, and we are delighted to see Loughborough students contributing strongly to the National and GB & NI teams this summer.
Current performance of Loughborough athletes at the 2022 UK Championships
100m men – Harry Taylor: 10.69, 7e in the heat. Greg Kelly: 10.94, 8e in the heat
Men’s Para 100m – Thomas Young: 10.80, 2n/a finally. Emmanuel Oyinbo-Coker, 3 years oldrd finally.
400m men – Alex Haydock-Wilson: 46.56, 5e finally. Ben Higgins: 47.43, 7e finally.
800m men – Ben Pattison: 1: 46.75, 4e finally. Jamie Webb: DNF in the final. Sam Wiggins, 1:51.47, 5e in heat.
Men’s 1500m – Matt Stonier: 3: 42.44, 6e finally. Luke Duffy: 3:46.69, 8e in series
110mH Men – Tom Wilcock: 14.07, 3rd in the heat. Ollie Creswell: 14.28, 5e in the heat. Ewan Bradley: 14.55, 5e in the heat. David Aryeetey: 14.59, 6e in the heat. Dajon Wright: 14.98, 8e in the heat
Men’s 400 mH – Josh Faulds: 50.35, 5e finally. Seamus Derbyshire: 60.80, 7e finally. David Aryeetey, 53.85, 6e in series
Men’s shooting – Kane Aubrey: 16.15m, 5e finally. George Hyde: 15.62, 6e finally
Hammer Men – Jack Paget: 41.37m, 9e finally.
Men’s discus – George Armstrong: 58.77, 6e finally
Men’s Pole Vault – Owen Heard: 5.20m, 4e finally
Men’s Javelin – Dan Bainbridge: 71.35, 3rd finally
Women’s 400m – Natasha Harrison: 54.75, 3rd in the heat. Emma Alderson: 56.77, 7e in the heat.
1500m women – Bethan Morley: 4: 21.31, 5e finally. Alex Millard: 4:22.81, 6e finally.
Women’s Under-20 Invitational 3000m – Jess Spilsbury: 9: 37.31, 3rd finally.
Women’s 5000m – Jess Judd: 15: 38.39, 2n/a finally
400 mH women – Zoe Pollock: 58.24, 6e finally
3k s/pursuit women – Alex Barbour: 10:38.02, 10e finally
Women’s long jump – Abi Pawlett: 5.48, 11e finally
Women’s triple jump – Lily Hulland: 12.84, 3rd finally. Georgie Forde-Wells: 12.38, 9e finally
Women’s Pole Vault – Holly Bradshaw: 4.50m, 1st in the final: Molly Caudery, 4.50m. 2n/a finally. Sophie Ashurst: 4.00m. 5e finally. Felicia Miloro: 4.00m, 6e finally.
Women’s Javelin – Bekah Walton: 51.87m, 1st finally. Emily Dibble: 51.54m, 2n/a finally.
Women’s discus – Taia Tunstall: 49.48m, 6e finally. Emma Botham: 43.10m, 10e finally