It was a busy weekend for Team England athletes at the British Indoor Championships in Glasgow, with a number of key figures making the podiums.
The pick of the bunch was 2018 Commonwealth Games silver medallist, Tom Bosworth, who beat his own British record in the 5,000m race walk to take home the gold.
His time of 18:20:97 obliterated his previous best of 18:28:70 and saw him reclaim his indoor title for the sixth consecutive time.
“I love this track, it’s brilliant,” commented Bosworth, after breaking his own record. “It’s a fast track and I set a world record last time I was here. I had a perfect winter in terms of preparation, and to be honest I haven’t felt this good since the Commonwealths.
“I wanted to see how far I could push myself today. 18.28 was the old record, and I thought I would never get near that again. But I felt good, so I thought it would stick with the pace and see how far I could go.”
It was two other Gold Coast athletes who were charged with opening the action in Glasgow of Day Two of the British Indoor Championships, with Sophie McKinna and Amelia Strickler battling it out in the women’s shot put, and they didn’t disappoint.
Fresh off an appearance in the 2019 World Championships finals, McKinna couldn’t keep an inspired Strickler at bay.
While McKinna threw a best of 17.39m, but this was only enough to claim silver as Strickler threw a huge 17.97m to smash her own personal best and win the gold medal.
“Anytime you throw a PB you have to celebrate,” said Strickler. “The indoor season is different this year because there’s no World Indoors but I wanted to come here and throw an indoor PB but I bettered it with a lifetime PB so I can’t complain.
“Getting the win as well makes it even sweeter. This last year, we’ve really been working on my technique and having that change in focus has been a really big boost to me.
Elsewhere in the competition, it was a good weekend for Gold Coast athletes Dan Bramble and David King, who claimed golds in the long jump and 60m hurdles respectively.