"Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play…it is war minus the shooting."
Sheffield athletics 2014Stuart was at the Sainsbury’s British Athletics, Indoor Championships in Sheffield at the weekend. As well as writing for the Oxford Mail
The report in the paper was longer!
It was a fascinating event including: Heptathlete, Katerina Johnson Thompson setting a new British Indoor record of 1.96 in the high jump – beating the existing record of 1.95 which was jointly held by Jess Ennis in the arena where Jess trains. Then on Sunday she jumped a stadium record 6.75 in the long-jump.
In the Men’s 60 metres hurdles, there was a rare dead-heat when Andrew Pozzi and William Sharman could not be separated in 7.64.
Holly Bleasedale won the pole vault in a world leading height of 4.73. She cleared the bar at 4.81 but it had moved sufficiently but it to be ruled a foul.
Dina Asher-Smith (18) won the women’s 200 metres with 17 year old twin sisters Shannon and Cheriece Hylton second and fourth. As the commentator said, Cheriece may be the fourth fastest in Britain but she is only the second fastest in her family!
In a bizarre and probably unique occurrence, Shana Cox was disqualified in the women’s 400 metres and less than an hour later her husband, Mike Bingham, was disqualified in the men’s 400 metres both for line infringements.