*Asha Philip produced one of the best performances of the weekend setting a stadium record and lifetime best of 7.15 to win the 60m but the trajectory of her 2012 season serves as a cautionary tale to those making any sort of predictions for the summer. After a breakthrough indoor campaign, injuries compromised the rest of the year to the extent she only raced five times outdoors over 100m. However, let’s hope she remains injury free as her PB of 11.37 set in the year she won the world youth title in 2007 isn’t close to representative of her ability.
*It was also pleasing to see James Dasaolu win his first senior title nearly four years after coming to prominence domestically with a 10.09 100m PB and his winning time of 6.58 shows reigning champion Dwain Chambers would have needed to be close to his best had he not pulled out with injury. Dasaolu’s another athlete who’s struggled to stay injury free but the 25-year-old enjoyed his best ever outdoor season last year and his performances on the boards in 2013 suggests his winter training went largely interrupted too.
*Eilidh Child’s progress in the 400m hurdles has stalled somewhat after improving from 56.84 to 55.32 in 2009. Since then, she’s only gone below 55-seconds once but the Scotswoman looks set to rewrite her PB of 54.96 if her flat form is anything to go by. The 400m indoors is an event which can look unflattering on the clock but her times in the semi-final (52.06) and final (52.13) were both faster than her outdoor PB of 52.28. Maybe she could have gone even faster if her main rival Perri Shakes-Drayton wasn’t a late withdrawal?
*Despite the absence of high-profile performers such as Phillips Idowu and Greg Rutherford, the horizontal jumps were looking in surprisingly rude health in Sheffield as many of the lesser lights made an impact. Kola Adedoyin (16.50m) and Michael Puplampu (16.43m) were second and third in the triple jump behind Tosin Oke from Nigeria, adding 25cm and 24cm respectively to their PBs. At 23, Puplampu is ineligible for the European Under-23 Championships but his training partner can look forward to challenging for medals if he builds on this showing.
*In the long jump, Matthew Burton produced a PB of 7.94m to beat joint UK record-holder Chris Tomlinson. At 25, Burton isn’t exactly a newcomer to the sport but he seems an athlete on the up based on his indoor form. However, while the 8m-barrier is a realistic target, qualification for the major championships might remain just a pipe-dream. The preposterous World Championships ‘A’ standard of 8.25m is largely beyond the capabilities of all but a select group of athletes globally and even the UKA standard for the European Indoor Championships, an event often used as a developmental championships for emerging athletes, stands at a rather intimidating 8.15m. Hopefully the selectors will consider factors beyond qualifying times and distances when they name the team.