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
Friday, 16 June 2017 12:30

Championship Successes

Lima storms to victory in the Portuguese National Championships

 

The club’s star sprinter David Lima won the 200m Portuguese National Championships in Vagos on Saturday 10th June in a club record time of 20.47s, having also won his heat in a more modest 20.60s. However this in agonisingly just 0.02s over the qualifying time required for this year’s World Championships in London in August but it wouldn’t have been accepted by officialdom because the wind speed was over the accepted limit of 2m/sec. David rounded off an excellent weekend by also coming second in the final of the 100m in another club record of 10.23s, having won his heat in 10,24s.

 

 

Midland Track & Field Championships

 

Meanwhile 4 BRAT’s competed in the Midland Senior and U20 championships at Nuneaton on Sunday June 11th. Star performance once again came from Jonathan Briggs in his first year as a senior, finishing second in the shot in a club record distance of 13.55m and third in the discus with 42.30m, just shy of his personal best.  New boy Jake Vickery came 5th in the senior hammer with a throw of 38.09m. Sam Barber was 7th in the U20 800m with 2m 05.73s and Pavidra Savanandrajah was 7th in the senior womwn’s 100m heat in 13.86s and 5th in her 200m heat in 29.26s.

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