Competition summary, 19th-23rd May ’21

25 May 2021

Three Croydon Harriers were in action at the Loughborough International last weekend.

British record holder Lawrence Okoye won the discus in 64.61m just 7cm shy of the tough Olympic A qualifying standard set by British Athletics. Derek Kinlock won his 100m heat in 10.67s, while Rachael Largie-Poleon was part of the GB juniors 4x100m squad. 

At the Wimbledon 3000m, Dom Nolan clocked the fastest outdoors time for the event by a Croydon Harrier. He clocked 8:09.81 to take the win and is now ranked 26th in the UK. Meanwhile in Cleveland, Tennessee, Stevie Lawrence broke her own club record for the 3000m steeplechase, clocking 10:26.88, a qualifying time for the British Championships. 

Four young athlete hurdlers were in action at Bromley. Gracelyn Ella Kendeck clocked a new lifetime best in the Under girls 75m hurdles of 12.83secs to move into the top 30 in the UK rankings. Amber Bloomfield matched Kendeck’s time in the same event. Lia Bonsu finished third in the Under 17 women’s 80m hurdles, while Henry finished fifth in the under 17 men’s equivalent. In the 800m, Jana Sethna-McIntosh opened her campaign with a 2:42 clocking. 

At the Battersea Open, Klaysen Kafuti won the 300m in 38.0secs. Samuel Mowa won his 800m in 2:08.3, while Pat Lucas set a season’s best in the men’s A race in 2:00.00 exactly. Faith Chen ran her fastest 800m in three years with a 2:29.6 clocking. In the 400m, Mike Smalley finished third in his Heat, while Colin Oxlade kicked off his summer campaign in the 5000m finishing third in his Heat in 20:32.8.

In road running action, Douglas Aikman finished 18th at the Island Run in Sheerness in 40:32. His father Neil was 41st in the field of 354 finishers. 

At the Olympic Park 10k, Will Lyon Tupman finished in 17th in 40:15 out of 340 competitors.