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ATHLETIC ACTION: Katarina Johnson-Thompson

FOUR GOLDS, six silver and two bronze medals represented Britain’s best ever haul from the European Indoor Championships, which took place in Glasgow last weekend.

The three days of athletic action, which kicked off on March 1 at the Emirates Arena, saw the likes of Shelayna Oskan-Clarke, Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Asha Philip all step up onto the podium to claim honours for their country having prevailed in the 800m, pentathlon and 60m, respectively.

Winners of silver at the last edition of the championships in Belgrade, a strong-looking quartet of Laviai Nielsen, Zoey Clark, Amber Anning and Eilidh Doyle lined up for the final event, the women’s 4x400m relay, with a medal in their sights once more. Taking the stagger out of Belgium early doors, Nielsen put the team straight into bronze and maintained the position come handing over to Clark.

Bursting into the silver medal position almost immediately and only showing sign of tiring come the final 50m, the Scot clung on to second before passing to senior debutant Anning with less than half of the race to go.


WINNING: Shelayna Oskan-Clarke leads the pack

Showing no sign of panic in the championship environment, Anning appeared serene as she coasted round her two laps while fending off Italy, with a roar erupting as she handed over to home favourite Doyle, who was tasked with running down leaders Poland and keeping Italy at bay.

The youngest member of the British team at 18, Anning said: “I’m so excited, I knew that we had it in us and had to deliver it.

“Those girls set it up so well for me and all I could do was keep it going and get it to Eilidh. But I knew we had the ability to do it, I’m just so glad that we could deliver it in the last race of the competition!”

CHARGED

Earlier in the evening, Oskan-Clarke asserted her authority on the race from the very beginning. The silver medallist from the last edition of the championships charged to the front and led the field through 400m in 60.39, with a pursuit of the title well and truly on.

Holding off the dangerous Renelle Lamote as she looked to come by several times, Oskan-Clarke fed off the noise from the home crowd to kick for home with 50m to go, with a brilliant run from gun to tape seeing her cross the line in 2:02.58.

“I’m just so pleased. I loved the feeling of crossing the finish line knowing I’d won gold.

“I decided beforehand I wanted to go out and focus on getting out in front because I wanted it to be a bit quicker. I would then just work really hard on the third lap.

“I knew at 150m I just wanted to go, and remembered to pump my arms and turn my legs.

“I know I’m strong, but it is just about making the right moves at the right times. It’s hard indoors because if you don’t do that, it’s too late.

“I wanted to be out there early and hold on for home. I knew I’d have no regrets then.”

British Athletics medal tally (second in the table overall)

Gold:
Katarina JohnsonThompson – Pentathlon
Laura Muir – 1500m, 3000m
Shelayna Oskan-Clarke – 800m

Silver:
Holly Bradshaw – Pole vault
Tim Duckworth – Heptathlon
Niamh Emerson – Pentathlon
Chris O’Hare – 3000m
Jamie Webb – 800m

Bronze:
Melissa Courtney – 3000m
Asha Philip – 60m

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