Lee Emanuel (City of Sheffield) was in outstanding form at the Sainsbury’s British Indoor Championships at Sheffield EIS, winning the 3000 metres.
He had also entered the 1500, which he won last year, but opted for the longer event. In the lead at the bell, he was overtaken by Bolton’s Tom Lancashire but Emanuel responded in style with a powerful burst winning comfortably in 8:03.92.
It was well outside the qualifying time for the European Indoor Championships in Prague next month but that did not matter to American based Emanuel who had achieved the time in New York recently.
The pole vault clash between the Dearne ALC pair Luke Cutts and Adam Hague resulted in a win for Cutts. Coming into the competition later than his younger rival, Cutts went on to clear 5.55 whilst Hague, after clearing 5.45 first time, could not manage 5.55. Nevertheless, a silver medal was a fine result for 17 year old Hague.
There was further pole vault success for Dearne ALC when Abigail Roberts took the silver medal in the women’s event with a personal best of 4 metres.
Mukhtar Mohammed (Sheffield RC), defending his 800 metres title, finished third this time in 1:49.12 and there was also bronze for Daniel Gardiner (City of Sheffield) in the long jump, his mark of 7.61 coming in the last round.
City of Sheffield junior Kristie Edwards narrowly missed a medal in the 200 metres finishing fourth after setting a personal best of 23.98 in her heat.
Undoubtedly the star of the meeting was heptathlete Katerina Johnson-Thompson who set a new UK record when winning the high jump on the first day.
She came back on the second day for another personal best of 8.25in the 60 metres hurdles although she finished just outside the medals.