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Olympic Standards at Payton Jordan by collegiates Farrell and O’Hare

Whilst most UK athletes would have been deep in sleep, a huge night for British distance running was taking place thousands of miles away in Palo Alto, California. Six British Olympic ‘A’ Standards, four ‘B’ Standards, one Irish ‘A’ standard, and a whole host of other personal bests resulted in one of the deepest set of performances by British athletes at a single meet in recent distance running history.

Andy Baddeley led by example, kick starting the evening with a win in the 1500m His time of 3.35.19 was narrowly inside the A time of 3.35.50 and places him top of the UK rankings. He was followed by Brits David Bishop (3.37.51) and Chris O’Hare (3.37.95), both athletes running huge personal bests that place them inside the B standard of 3.38.00. These athletes now occupy the top three spots in this seasons UK rankings.

Chris Thompson and Tom Farrell have put themselves in prime position to join Mo Farah in the British 5000m team, after both comfortably achieved the A standard with 13.15 performances. Not only was Farrell’s performance an A standard, it also broke Nat Muir’s longstanding British U23 record of 13.17.90. The decision to redshirt looks like it could be a good one, as the Oklahoma State athlete will now be able to concentrate on preparing for the trials, rather than compete through the remainder of the NCAA season. Whilst Thompson’s time was shy of his personal best, he does now have the luxury of having achieved A standards in both the 5000m and 10,000m. Further kudos to Farrell who, in addition to running rather quick, confused the entire Stanford crowd by wearing his Border Harriers vest. One diagonal black stripe had people questioning if he was redshirting or not. The 5000m race was spiced up by Lopez Lamong and David Torrence both miscounting laps and putting in 55 second penultimate laps. The video is below.

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The Kim Macdonald 10,000m races lived up to their usual hype, with plenty of athletes hitting qualifying times. Up front Canadian collegiate Cam Levins continued his breakthrough year by outsprinting Stanford athlete Chris Derrick to win in 27.27.96. Britain’s Andy Vernon fell an agonising 8 seconds shy of the A Standard with his 27.53, and this comes just a week after narrowly missing the 5000m A time by 3 seconds. The Nic Bideau coached athlete will surely now head to Europe to try to find those remaining few seconds.

In the womens race European Cross Country Champion Fionnuala Britton became the fourth fastest Irish athlete of all time with her 31.29.22 Just behind her Julia Bleasdale also became the fifth fastest ever Briton over 10,000m with a stunning debut of 31.29.57. Both athletes were well inside the A standard of 31.45. Such is Bleasdales improvement this year that her splits in this 10,000m would have been inside anything she has previously achieved over 5000m until before last week at Mt Sac.  Youngster Charlotte Purdue ran a solid time of 32.03, though will need to find another 18 seconds to stand a chance of being selected for the Olympics.

There were further A standards achieved by Barbara Parker and Steph Twell in the womens 5000m, who finished fourth and fifth respectively. Former Butler athlete Rob Mullett performed admirably in the 3000m s/c, though his time of 8.32.80 was an agonizing .80 of a second shy of the B standard. He does go top of the British rankings for the season though.

In terms of the rest of the collegiate athletes, many are likely to have done enough of the weekend to have sealed their tickets to the NCAA regional meet. We will take a full look at how the regional standings are looking later in the season. For the collegiate athletes, it is now back to finish off the school year then get ready for Conference. For those who were just over visiting, they now have a nice long flight back to a rainy UK to look forward too.

FULL RESULTS  HERE….

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