Great City Games (Manchester)
On a sunny day in the centre of Manchester, the Arcadis Great City Games returned to the city centre streets for its tenth year running and produced another excellent evening of athletics’. The Great City Games is the idea of former GB athlete Brendan Foster whose company Nova International arrange the event every year in Manchester and Newcastle.
The event started on Albert Square with Stanley Joseph of France taking victory in the pole vault clearing a hight of 5.60 metres, leaving British number one Luke Cutts second on 5.30 metres and Matteo Capello of Italy in third also with 5.30, however Cutts beat the Italian on countback.
Eloyse Lesueur (France) took a season best 6.58 to win the women’s long jump, whilst the British number one Jazmin Sawyers jumped 6.43 on her fourth attempt to put her ahead of Portugal’s Teresa Carvalho who finished in 6.16 seconds.
Jason Smyth was the first winner of the evening as the track events got under way with the Irishman easing home in the T13 150m in a time of 15.82, he finished just ahead of Britain’s Zak Skinner who clocking a time of 16.73, followed by Spain’s Diego Sanchez in third with a time of 17.33 seconds.
American Olympian Bershawn Jackson swept to victory in the 200m hurdles with a time of 22.58 seconds which was too much for Ireland’s Thomas Barr who was second in 23.19 seconds and Britain’s Jacob Paul finished third with a time of 23.44 seconds.
The women’s 100m hurdles was won by Belarus’ Alina Talay in a time of 12.74 seconds ahead of Norway’s Isabelle Pedersen who clocked 13.03 finishing second place. Britain’s Alicia Barrett finished third with a time of 13.42 seconds.
It was an all-British foursome in the men’s 100m, with only 0.18 seconds separating first and fourth as Aikines Aryeetey and Kilty went from England 4x100m Commonwealth gold-winning team mates to rivals. Aikines-Aryeetey’s 10.35 saw the Sutton sprinter take the win with Stockton’s Kilty just behind in 10.37. Sam Osewa scored a season-best 10.49 on his City Games debut.
The men’s 150m went as predicted with Leon Reid easing home in 15.52 seconds just ahead of Holland’s Solomon Bockarie in second clocking 15.57 seconds. Jonathan Quarcoo of Norway finished third with a time of 15.75 seconds.
The final race of the evening saw Marie Ta Lou beat Allyson Felix, who failed to replicate her record-breaking victory earned on Deansgate five years ago. The Ivorian won the race in 16.60 seconds, with Felix finishing second with a time of 16.72 seconds. Britain’s Bianca Williams finished third in 17.09 seconds.