Tuesday, 05 September 2017 10:23

BRATs at the World Athletics Championships

David Lima shines with a fabulous fourth place in 200m semi-finals.

Three BRATs travelled to the Olympic stadium in London for the World
Athletic Championships from August 4th to 11th.  Having qualified for the
100m in 10.05s and 200m in 20.30s, David was set to take his place in both
events, whilst Alison Jordan was a track judge and Gordon Ainsley and
athlete steward.


David's quest began on the first day, Friday, in the 100m. His qualifying
time exempted him from the preliminary round and he took to the stage in the
first round proper later in the evening.  Alas it was not to be because
nervous tension got the better of him and as a result of a poor start he
finished 7th in his worst time of the season of 10.41s. Speaking to him
afterwards he was very annoyed with himself but realised he tensed up
driving out of the starting blocks.


However now having had the experience of competing at world level he was
better prepared for the 200m heats on Monday. And so it was, because in his
heat he ran his second fastest time ever of 20.54s to finish 5th and qualify
for the semi finals in 22nd place of 24. David's confidence was now
increasing such that he was looking forward to the next round on Wednesday.

Before the semi final of the 200m there was much discussion on whether the
Botswana athlete Isaac Matwala should be allowed to take part having missed
the heats on Monday due to contracting novovirus at the team hotel and was
placed in quarantine for 48hours. This meant he also missed the 400m final
as well and under IAAF rules would not normally be allowed to take any
further part. However on Wednesday morning after much discussion the
decision was reversed and Matwala had to run 200m on his own before the
start of Wednesday's proceedings and try to beat a predetermined qualifying
time. This he duly did. Then more controversy when he was placed in semi
final 1, David's race, rather than semi final 3 as written in the rules.


Anyway 9 athletes lined up for the first semi final, in what can only be
described as an absolutely appalling conditions, with torrential rain, which
hadn't stopped all day. David was left a little in the first 50m and was
last coming into the home straight, but he ran a magnificent second half to
finish 4th in 20.56s, a remendous effort in such awful conditions. This
placed him 13th of the 25 semifinalists.


Gordon had the honour of leading out the athletes carrying the event banner
to the start of both the heats and semi-final. Speaking to David afterwards he was very pleased with his performance and
was content that he had done himself justice. I am sure all in the BRAT club
would like to extend their congratulations to him, the first BRAT ever to
compete in a World Athletics Championships.

 

by Gordon Ainsley

Published in Athletics News

Following his 4th place in the 200m in 20.87s at European Team championships in Vaasa Finland on June 23-25th, David Lima has realised his potential and long term dream and has qualified for the World Athletics Championships in London in August.  He was competing in an international meeting in La Chaux du Fonds in Switzerland this weekend and ran a club record time of 20.30s in winning the 200m, well inside the 20.44s entry standard.  He also won the 100m in another club record time of 10.14s, just 0.02s outside the qualifying standard for that event.

 

David therefore becomes the first BRAT athlete to compete at a World Championships and the club wishes him a successful experience at the ultimate level of competition.

Published in Athletics News
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 09:33

Fantastic BRAT Performances at the World Champs!

What a weekend it was for British, Birmingham and BRAT triathletes!! Alongside Non Stanford, Jodie Stimpson, Jonathan and Alistair Brownlee competing in the elite races, a number of BRATs also toed the start line in Hyde Park (London), representing GB in the Age Group competitions at the ITU World Champs.

Events kicked off in great BRAT style in on Wednesday with Chris Ashford (10th) and Karen Riley (25th) both putting in solid performances in the Aquathlon.  In the sprint distance on Friday Phil Fishwick and Karen Riley (who has been having a busy week!) also had great success, coming home 43rd and 40th in their age groups. Sunday morning's standard distance races closed out the age group racing with Beth Morgan (70th), Helen Taylor (16th) and Mark Hirsch (6th) putting the finishing touches to a great week of BRAT racing on the world stage.

It wasn't only the BRATs racing who were involved in the World Championships. Duncan Hough, Sarah Taylor and Paul Twose continued to support triathlon at the highest level with their roles as officials throughout the week, and during the organisation running up to the event.

Well done to all who competed and supported! A great end to a fantastic year of triathlons!

Published in Triathlon News