In another exciting weekend for British athletics, women dominated the track once again
Last weekend’s British Athletics Championships in Manchester showcased some of the UK’s most exceptional athletes, with 22-year-old Imani-Lara Lansiquot claiming her first British title and Paralympic champion Hannah Cockroft storming her way to a 400m wheelchair win.
Lansiquot, who is already the fourth fastest woman in British history, took on some strong competition from Kristal Awuah and Amy Hunt to take the 100m title, breaking away in the final 20m to cross the finish line in 11.26 seconds.
She credited Awuah and Hunt, who clocked 11.34 and 11.3 respectively, for pushing her, and stated that things were looking positive for a strong relay team at next year’s postponed Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Elsewhere, five-time Paralympic champion Cockroft claimed a clear victory in the women’s wheelchair 400m with a time of 1 minute 0.19 seconds. She faced a tough competitor in Sammi Kinghorn, but broke away to take a strong lead in the final stretch.
This year’s event took place without spectators due to COVID-19 restrictions, and there were also some notable athlete absentees. Perhaps the biggest name to miss the Championships was world 100m silver medallist Dina Asher-Smith, who appears to be opting for a different training tactic in the run up to the Olympics, preferring fewer and more low-profile meets to big athletics events. Lansiquot, on the other hand, acknowledged her Championship victory as a key part of her own Tokyo build-up.