Its been an action packed weekend in Gothenburg as the Scandinavium played host to the European Indoor Athletic Championships 2013. Captained by a recovering Jenny Meadows, Team GB fielded a very young team for both the men and women(if you take out Dwain Chambers) with an average age of 22. It was certainly a warm welcome to the new Olympic cycle.
There seemed to be a feeling going into this competition that Team GB were using this championship as a confidence building block for some of our young female athletes after disappointing results at London 2012. The likes of Holly Bleasdale and Perri Shakes-Drayton entered London 2012 with high hopes but a combination of a home games, expectation, injury and, in the pole vault anyway, some dodgy weather, meant things didn’t end up going their ways. This competition however was the paracetamol for any Olympic hangover as the female athletes made their mark. There was not one female track athlete on Team GB who didn’t make their respective final whilst Holly Bleasdale risked it all to claim her gold medal.
400m: Gold. Perri Shakes-Drayton, Silver. Eilidh Child, 6th Shana Cox
60m: 7th Asha Philip
800m: 4th Jenny Meadows (Captain)
1500m: 8th Laura Muir
3000m: 6th Lauren Howarth
4x400m: Gold.Eilidh Child, Shana Cox, Christine Ohuruogu, Perri Shakes-Drayton
Pole Vault: Gold Holly Bleasdale
Long Jump: 4th Shara Proctor
Triple Jump: 6th Yamile Aldama
So that’s 2 individual golds, one team gold, a silver and A LOT of potential.
Image from http://www.athleticsweekly.com/news/relay-great-for-britain (thanks)