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Adel Mechaal shatters European indoor 3000m Record

European 5000m silver medallist and European indoor 3000m champion Adel Mechaal took the European indoor 3000m record apart at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix that was held on Sunday (6) night at the Ocean Breeze Athletics Complex on Staten Island, in New York.

Mechaal shattered the old European indoor record of 7:32.41 that was set in 2010 by Sergio Sánchez from Spain, setting a new European Record of 7:30.82.

The 31-year-old hit the front a third of the way through and such was his dominance there was never much doubt the rest of the field could catch him.

“I was sure I could do 7:33. I will chase the Spanish Indoor record in Birmingham, and I plan the 3000m at the World Indoor Championships in Belgrade. With someone pushing the last few laps, I could have run 7:29, but not better than that today”, said Mechaal.

Two time Olympic 5000m finalist Andrew Butchart from Britain, came home in second in a personal best of 7:37.42, sharing the same time as Luis Grijalva from Guatemala, who improved his national record.

The 2018 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Jake Wightman, who was the race favorite, crossed the line in fourth place in 7:37.81 which is his lifetime best.


3000M MEN 

  1. Adel Mechaal        (SPN) 7:30.82
  2. Andrew Butchart   (BRT) 7:37.42
  3. Luis Grijalva           (GTL) 7:37.42

UK Athletics names only 17 athletes on top-level funding for next Olympics

UK ATHLETICS has announced its list of athletes who will receive potentially career-defining funding as the summer Olympics scheduled for Paris in 2024 heave into view.

Among them is Keely Hodgkinson, who has been offered top level funding on the British Athletics Olympic world class programme.

The 19-year-old won 800m silver at the Tokyo Olympics in the summer, smashing Kelly Holmes’s British record, which had stood since 1995, by almost a second.

In March she became the youngest British winner at the European Athletics Indoor Championships for more than half a century and the youngest ever 800m European indoor champion, despite not being on full funding.

Performance director Sara Symington said: “As we start the Paris cycle, and longer-term Los Angeles 2028, we made a number of informed decisions in regard to the world-class programme membership that aligns with our strategic priorities.

“We will work closely with the 67 athlete-and-coach pairings that we are offering membership to, and will look to add support and value in their journey via their individual athlete plan,” she droned.

“The selection process is robust and lengthy and we use a lot of data which is complemented by the knowledge of our event leads to inform the decision-making process.

“We have given careful consideration to those athletes who meet the selection criteria and performance matrix which align to the future ambitions of the world class programme.”

Josh Kerr moves up to podium-level funding after winning 1500m bronze in Japan, as do Andrew Pozzi, Jemma Reekie and Jazmin Sawyers.

Alex Bell, who came seventh in the 800m final, has been offered podium funding just two years after saying she was considering taking legal action against UK Athletics after being overlooked for funding for Tokyo.

They join Dina Asher-Smith, Laura Muir, Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Adam Gemili, with just 17 athletes on top-level funding. Reece Prescod and Zharnel Hughes have been downgraded to relay funding only, despite Hughes reaching the 100m Olympic final.

Olympic finalists Lizzie Bird, Jake Heyward and Marc Scott are among the athletes to be offered membership at podium potential level. Andrew Butchart, CJ Ujah and Tom Bosworth have seen their funding cut.

Source: morningstaronline.co.uk