2019 Rankings – data provided and written by Mike Dooling
UKA ATHLETIC RANKINGS 2019
Athletics season 2019 was a really good year for the club with Katarina on top of the world and both Jamie Webb and Tim Duckworth being ranked UK no 1 in the 800m and Decathlon and all three medalled in the European Indoor Champs and performed in Doha and hopefully will be on the way to Tokyo for the Olympics. Sadly Anyika Onoura has packed up her spikes and gone off with a vast haul of medals at Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth championships as well as domestic honours over the past 20 years. Johnny Mellor and Charlie Hulson ran sub 2hr 15 marathons.
Our leading athletes were Katarina Johnson Thompson who had a glorious season and was ranked no 1 in the world for her World Athletics Heptathlon win over her Belgian arch rival, Nafi Thiem with a score of 6981 points. Kat was ranked 8th in the World Female Rankings, ahead of Dina Asher Smith. Kat also was 16th in the World High Jump rankings with her 1m 95 and 12th in the Long Jump with 6m 85 In the UK she was voted no 2 Female athlete of the year, just 2% off Dina Asher Smith and was also in the top six places for BBC’s Sports Person of the Year Elite Group.
In the various UK merit rankings Kat was 6th 200m with 23 08, 2nd 100m Hurdles with 13 09 2nd High Jump with 1m 95 1st Long Jump with 6m 85 1st Heptathlon with her 6981 pts Kat was also ranked on her performances in the 200m 7th in 23 08, 41st 800m in 2m 07 26 2nd 100m H 13 08 2nd High Jump 1 96 ind + 1 95 out 2nd Long Jump 6m 85 17th Shot 13m 86 19th Javelin 43m 93 and of course no 1 in the Heptathlon with 6981 points. Tim Duckworth gained a heptathlon silver medal in the European Indoor champs and gained selection for the World Champs Decathlon in DOHA but sadly had to pull out with injury. Tim was ranked in the UKA listings in the following events :- UKA Merit rankings – 12th 110m H 14 25 11th High J 2m 13 [ ind ] 11th Pole Vault 5m 05 [ ind ] 3rd Long J 7m 92 1st Decathlon 7981 pts Jamie Webb also gained a Silver Medal in the European Indoor Champs 800m and produced the fastest 800m time in the country over the season and made the Semi Final of the World 800m Championships Merit Rankings – Jamie was recognised as the top GB 800m runner and broke OLYMPIAN Curtis Robb’s 800m Club record with the excellent time of 1m 44 52 and was rated 21st in the WORLD and of course 1st in the UK Jamie was also 29th in the 1500m in 3 43 59 [ind] Anyika Onoura has now retired from International competition after acquiring at least 10 major championship medals in 100m , 200m, 400m and 4 x 100m and 4 x 400m Relays The club would like to recognise her contribution to global athletics over the many years she has performed at national and international level and wish her well in the future ! Anyika was ranked 10th in the Merit Rankings with 52 88 and 24th in the 200m lists with 23 72 and 13th in the 400m with 52 88
Osian Jones also broke the Club Record and set a Welsh Hammer record with a 73m 89 showing and was ranked 3rd in the UK
Johnny Mellor produced his best ever time of his career at Berlin of 2hr 12 29 to put him 4th on the club rankings behind Geoff Smith, Dave Murphy and John Woods. Johnny was also 4th ranked in the country for his performances behind Mo Farah, Callum Hawkins and Dewi Griffiths [He was actually England’s no 2]
Charlie Hulson got in 9th place with his Valencia time of 2hr 14 24
James Williams had another good year and was 48th in the 100m in 10 49 and 45th in the 200m with 21 23 and made a huge contribution to the BAL team.
Max Wharton was 25th in the 800m in 1 48 61 but was based in the States all year.
Connor Bradley is one of our Irish contingent and had a good year with 14th in the 3000m in 7 58 30 , 24th in the 5000m in 13 56 52
Abdi Sharif was 28th in the 3000m S Chase in 9 09 19 + good BAL member
James Webster 32nd in the 400m H in 53 94 and Andrew Desmond 49th in the 400m H in 55 31 Both were regular BAL members.
Mike Hartley was 50th in the High Jump with 2m 00 and a large points scorer in the BAL team Lewis Guest was a star performer in our BAL team and was 39th in the Triple with 14m 68.
Peter Glass came out of retirement and was a good BAL member and was 49th in the Discus with 43 61 Mike Bomba was 22nd in the hammer with 59 86 Brendan McConville performed in the BAL and was 42nd in the Decathlon with 4988 pts.
Steph Driscoll despite being an U20 was 26th in the 400m H in 60 46 and was 4th ranked U20 400m Hurdler
Hollie Smith was 25th in the High J with 1m 75 [ind] and Kate Anson 30th with 1m 74 and Zoe Price ,also an U20, was 25th in the Hammer with 56m 53(club record) and also 4th U20 Hammer.
Thrower Emily Dibble was 30th in the Javelin with 41m 83.
Richard Burney was 9th 1500m over 40 with 4m 14 7
Henry Nwoke was no 2 U17 Sprinter behind whirlwind Joel Pascall with 10 55 100m and 21 52
200m Ethan Flaherty was 3rd U17 400m Hurdler with 55 48
Neave McGhee was 3rd 17 200m in 24 46 and also 5th 300m in 39 48
Luca Sidebotham was 7th U15 300m in 36 59