Adelle Tracey claims surprise 800m win in Sheffield

Published: Sunday 28th February 2016 by The News Editor

Comments (0)

Adelle Tracey, a self-funded hair and make-up artist, shocked her more established rivals to take 800 metres gold at the Indoor British Championships in Sheffield on Sunday.

The 22-year-old, a torch-bearer at the London 2012 opening ceremony, secured her place on a Great Britain team for a major senior championships for the first time as victory over the likes of Lynsey Sharp and Jenny Meadows sealed qualification for next month’s World Indoor Championships in Portland.

Tracey finished strongly at the English Institute of Sport to overhaul the fading Sharp in the home straight, crossing the line in two minutes 02.99 seconds.

Sharp, who tops the British rankings, had to settle for third in 2mins 03.50secs, with Meadows’ training partner Leah Barrow also coming past her to finish in 2:03.18.

Tracey, who has been training in Kenya over the winter, said: “I’ll be so happy to wear my first senior vest and to do it so early in the season is amazing.

“I’m working part time as a freelance hair and make-up artist and it’s good because it fits around my training. I do prosthetics and model making as well, so it’s very diverse.

“I did Lenny Waite’s wedding this summer and Andy Vernon’s wife and Gemma Hillier-Moses (all fellow athletes), because it works very well with training, it’s just one morning. But I’ve done stuff for Dr Who and Top Gear.”

Tracey, who receives no National Lottery funding, is also in the final year of studying sports science at St Mary’s University, having previously studied at Arts University Bournemouth.

Tracey was nominated by Kelly Holmes to be one of seven young British athletes to light the Olympic flame in London four years ago and described the experience as “mad”.

Sharp would appear to be in pole position to get the second discretionary spot on the team for Portland, but said she was undecided over whether she would make the trip.

The global event will take place without Russian athletes, with the country banned by world governing body the IAAF over state-sponsored doping.

But Sharp, who was belatedly awarded the European title in 2012 when Russia’s Yelena Arzhakova was exposed as a drug cheat, said: “You can’t win really, because if they aren’t there then everyone will look back and say it was an easy championships because the Russians weren’t there.”

Meadows herself faded in the final 100m to finish fourth in 2:03.81, admitting afterwards that, at the age of 34, her days as a force in 800m running were behind her.

Charlie Grice guaranteed a spot at the World Indoors by winning the 1500m in 3:46.50.

Michigan-born Tiffany Porter sealed her qualification by winning the 60m hurdles in 7.98 and Steph Twell will join her in Portland after she comprehensively won the 3,000m in 8:54.99.

Chris Baker won the high jump with a clearance of 2.29m, beating Olympic bronze medallist Robbie Grabarz (2.26m) into second, with both men set to be on the team.

Hannah England, the 2011 World Championship silver medallist, won the 1500m in 4:15.44. The 28-year-old has guaranteed qualification, but is due to skip the event.

Nigel Levine won the 400m in 48.00, his sixth national indoor title.

Lorraine Ugen, already guaranteed a spot in Portland by virtue of her IAAF world indoor tour win, was beaten in the long jump by Jazmin Sawyers, who won with a leap of 6.67m.

Elsewhere, Paralympic champion Aled Davies threw a new F42 shot put world record of 16.14m.

On Saturday, James Dasaolu (60m), Asha Philip (60m), Andrew Pozzi (60m hurdles) and Lee Emanuel (3,000m) booked their places on the plane to Portland.

The British team, selected on Monday and named the following day, will have a slimline look with an expected 20-30 athletes. Many have opted to skip the event, which is taking place a couple of weeks later than usual from March 17-20, to focus on their preparations for the outdoor season.

Published: Sunday 28th February 2016 by The News Editor

Comments (0)

Local business search