Both Dan Rowden and Phil Norman have showed great middle distance form this week whilst competing in Europe. There was also news of a personal best from Shot man Craig Charlton and of Jordon Donnelly's not insignificant achievement of running his one hundredth sub – 2minute race over 800m.
Phil Norman in Turku
Dan Rowden’s race was over 800m on Monday evening at the Folksam Grand Prix in Sollentuna Sweden. Dan, who missed all of last season save for one 4x400m relay leg towards the end of the season, finished 3rd equal with fellow GB athlete Jake Whiteman with 1m45.55 secs. Just ahead was Elliott Giles on 1m45.46 secs, with the winner being the host nation’s Andreas Kramer on 1m45.05 secs who had beaten Dan to the European U/23 title in 2017. Dan was finishing significantly faster than all of those who placed ahead of him and should gain confidence from this first 800m race in two years.
Phil Norman, who was disappointed to not be selected for the Doha World Championships in 2019, raced in Turku, Finland last evening, and without any particular focus on expectations for an especially fast time placed a close 2nd in the 3000m s/ch with a significant personal best of 8m23.60 secs. That improves his “domestic” Woodford Green Club record and moves him closer to the absolute best (8m16.36 secs) from Australian Olympic 6th placer and Commonwealth Games (1500m) bronze medalist Youcef Abdi. It also moved Phil up to 15th on the all-time UK rankings.
Craig Charlton’s p.b. came in the shot, where he moved closed to the 17m mark with a put of 16.93m at Morpeth on Saturday.
Jordan Donnelly, a long time Woodford middle distance man who originally hails from the Wirral but moved to London to attend Brunel University, currently does most of his running in Germany where he works. In recent days Jordan has recorded his 100th 800m race of under 2m whilst competing in the international Gala at Pfungstadt where he was timed at 1m53.89 secs. Following that significant achievement he also recorded a 1m55.78 secs clocking in Brussels a week later. Jordan’s p.b is 1m49.67 secs from 2011.
Jordan Donnelly racing in his LAC Quelle Fürth colours (Kiefner-Fotos)