A look ahead to this weekend’s Bedford International Games
Adam Gemili, Lawrence Clarke, Hannah Cockroft and Sophie Hitchon are among the athletes in action this weekend at the Bedford International Games.
With the deadline for Commonwealth Games qualifiers looming, the meeting has been extended over two days and contains opportunities for some on both.
Gemili will face the likes of Harry Aikines-Aryeetey and Danny Talbot over 100m while Mark Lewis-Francis will be seeking once again to resurrect his career. Chris Clarke,who staged a breakthrough over 200m here last year, goes again in the 200m where he will be up against Talbot. For the women, junior Dina Asher-Smith will face Montell Douglas over 100m then return over 200m on Sunday.
Sub-50 runner Ben Sumner faces Tom Burton in the one lap hurdles while the sprint hurdles has Clarke. Serita Soloman, and Sarah Claxton contest the women’s event. Allan Smith, Tom Parsons and BUCS champion Isobel Pooley are all in high jump action.
The long jump has three 7.90m-plus men: Dan Bramble, Matt Burton and Brad Pickup, while Nathan Douglas tries again in the triple on Sunday as 16m jumpers Nathan Fox and Ben Williams challenge. Alex Russell and Jazmin Sawyers long jump on Saturday and the women also have a triple jump competition then, but the Sunday event should see Nony Mordi and Nadia Williams vying for gold.
The men’s hammer has no fewer than eight 70m throwers entered, Alex Smith among them. Hitchon and Sarah Holt face Shaunagh Brown in the women’s hammer. BUCS champion Rachel Hunter joins in on Sunday. Nick Percy contests the discus on Saturday as Dan Greaves competes on Sunday. Sixty-metre throwers Jade Lally and Finland’s Sanna Kamarainen are entered on both days. European junior silver medallist Sophie McKinna (best 17.12m) heads the shot entries.
London 2012 medallists Hannah Cockroft, Whitehead and Ola Abidogun are also in action, as is 2013 world 100m T38 champion Sophie Hahn.
June 1 is the last day for Commonwealth qualiﬁers for England and Wales.
» Entry lists can be found here. See next week’s AW, out June 5, for reports, pictures and results from the Bedford International Games.