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Athletics - 12. July 2014.



Home favourite Eilidh Child (coach: Malcolm Arnold) made the most of the Scottish sunshine on the opening night of competition at the Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix as she stormed home to win the 400m hurdles, much to the delight of the Scottish crowds.

The Pitreavie athlete has already managed three third place finishes in the IAAF Diamond League this year, and she quickly made her intentions clear on the Hampden Park track, powering to the line to clock a season’s best 54.39 ahead of American Cassandra Tate.

The 27-year-old was quick to acknowledge the roars from the crowd as she looks forward to returning to the track in less than three weeks’ time for the Commonwealth Games.

“I really wanted to execute a good performance today, and to nail my stride. I managed to do that and I think that’s why it looked such a dominant performance,” Child said.

“It was an amazing ovation from the crowd here, so I can only imagine what it will be like at the Commonwealth Games. I’m ranked number four in the Games, so I will have to fight for a medal, but with a crowd like that behind me I’m sure I will succeed.”

Multi-eventer Katrina Johnson-Thompson (Mike Holmes) showed she’s in great form ahead of the Commonwealth Games, improving on the long jump personal best she set on her way to gold at the Sainsbury’s British Championships two weeks ago.

The 21-year-old finished in second place with 6.92m, whilst there was a season’s best for Shara Proctor (Rana Reider) who leapt to 6.82m to finish third. American Tianna Bartoletta took the top spot with 6.98m.

“I will be coming back here in a couple of weeks and doing a full heptathlon, so I wanted to check out the place beforehand and I’m very pleased that I did,” said Johnson-Thompson.

Laura Weightman (Steve Cram) followed up her impressive run in Paris last week as she finished a highly credible fourth in the women’s 1,500m, clocking 4:03.98 in a race won by the Netherland’s Sifan Hassan – who was also first in the French capital.

“I was really pleased with my performance tonight,” said Weightman. “It’s good to run fourth in a race of that high quality, and great preparation for the Commonwealth Games.”

The evening got off to a flying start as Paralympic silver medallist Stef Reid (Reider) bettered her own world record in the long jump F44, leaping to 5.47m in her first attempt, and beating France’s World silver medallist Marie-Amelie Le Fur in the process.

The pair will meet again at the IPC European Championships next month, and Reid is determined to maintain her winning ways.

“I am going to enjoy this for now but get straight back to work because [Le Fur] jumped well today, and I know she’ll be ready to challenge me in Swansea,” said Reid.

Her performance on the night secured her a $15,000 world record bonus, as well as the Sainsbury’s Performance of the Day award.

The GB & NI 4x100m women’s ‘A’ team – Asha Philip (Christine Bowmaker), Ashleigh Nelson (Michael Afilaka), Jodie Williams (Bowmaker) and Desiree Henry (Reider) - stormed home to clinch an impressive victory in 42.74, with the GB & NI ‘B’ team - Sophie Papps (Cossins), Anyika Onuora (Reider), Hayley Jones (Donald Moss) and Louise Bloor (Tony Minichiello) - second in 43.36.

Women' results

400 Metres - Women           
    1 McCorory , Francena              USA      49.93          4       
    2 Richards-Ross , Sanya            USA      50.39          2       
    3 Williams-Mills , Novlene         JAM      50.60          1       
    4 McPherson , Stephenie Ann        JAM      50.98                  
    5 Montsho , Amantle                BOT      51.35                  
    6 George , Regina                  NGR      51.82                  
    7 Hastings , Natasha               USA      52.38                  
    8 Massey , Kelly                   GBR      52.67                  

1500 Metres - Women                                          
    1 Hassan , Sifan                   NED    4:00.67          4       
    2 Aregawi , Abeba                  SWE    4:00.94          2       
    3 Embaye , Axumawit                ETH    4:02.78          1       
    4 Weightman , Laura                GBR    4:03.98                  
    5 Moser , Treniere                 USA    4:04.18                  
    6 Bahta , Meraf                    SWE    4:04.23                  
    7 Måkestad Bovim , Ingvill         NOR    4:04.33                  
    8 Obiri , Hellen Onsando           KEN    4:05.26                  
    9 Plis , Renata                    POL    4:05.40                  
   10 Uceny , Morgan                   USA    4:05.40                  
   11 Sifuentes , Nicole               CAN    4:05.47                  
   12 Buckman , Zoe                    AUS    4:06.30                  
   13 Hasay , Jordan                   USA    4:07.70
      Beckwith-Ludlow , Molly          USA        DNF                  
      Wafula , Lydia Nasimiyu          KEN        DNF                  

400 Metres Hurdles - Women                                   

    1 Child , Eilidh                   GBR      54.39                  
    2 Tate , Cassandra                 USA      55.43                  
    3 Wells , Lauren                   AUS      55.78                  
    4 Williams , Tiffany               USA      55.81                  
    5 Barbosa , Vera                   POR      56.26                  
    6 Stoddart , Shevon                JAM      56.43                  
    7 Spence , Christine               USA      57.16                  
    8 Wilson , Nickiesha               JAM      57.61                  

Long Jump - Women                                            
                                                            Pts               Wind
    1 Bartoletta , Tianna              USA       6.98          4              +1.2
    2 Johnson-Thompson , Katarina      GBR       6.92          2              +0.6
    3 Proctor , Shara                  GBR       6.82          1              +1.2
    4 Nettey , Christabel              CAN       6.73                         +1.1
    5 Jimoh , Funmi                    USA       6.70                         +1.6
    6 Moguenara-Taroum , Sostene       GER       6.69                         +1.8
    7 Jarder , Erica                   SWE       6.57                         +1.1
    8 Stuart , Bianca                  BAH       6.52                         +0.9

Discus Throw - Women                                         
    1 Lewis-Smallwood , Gia            USA      67.59          4       
    2 Perkovic , Sandra                CRO      66.30          2       
    3 Samuels , Dani                   AUS      65.21          1       
    4 Sendriuté , Zinaida              LTU      61.87                  
    5 Pérez , Yaime                    CUB      61.41                  
    6 Craft , Shanice                  GER      59.90                  
    7 Rodrigues , Irina                POR      58.81                  
    8 Glanc , Zaneta                   POL      57.68                  

4x100 Metres Relay - Women                                   

    1 Great Britain & N.I.             GBR      42.74                  
    2 Great Britain & N.I. "B"         GBR      43.36                  
    3 All Stars                        UND      43.40                  
    4 Stars and Stripes                USA      44.11                  
    5 Poland                           POL      44.59                  
    6 Wales                            GBR      45.10                  
    7 Scotland                         GBR      46.55                  
      Ireland                          IRL        DNF                  

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