Photo via Twitter
Chris Bennett climbed onto an international podium in Croatia – after landing silver at the European Throwing Cup.
The Scottish hammer thrower has been on a rollercoaster for a number of years by his own admission so this was a special moment in Split, Croatia.
Bennett threw out to 75.36m with his final round throw as he represented GB and NI once again. And that was enough for second place behind Turkish athlete .
It confirmed a solid start to the season for Chris after a good performance at Linwood a few weeks ago and the support for him on social media demonstrated real warmth.
In the Split hammer event, fellow Brit Taylor Campbell was fifth and Scott Lincoln took bronze in the shot.
Well done to Chris, his family and coach Andy Frost on a fine performance in a GB and NI vest by the 2016 Olympian who represents Shettleston Harriers.
I've been to hell in and back.
But I'm still here , still fighting.
2nd place out in Split with 75.36.
— Chris Bennett (@ChrisBennett89) May 8, 2021
Erin Wallace after her fine 1500m run in Manchester BMC (photo by James Rhodes)
There were numerous strong performances from Scottish athletes at the British Milers Club meet in Manchester on Saturday evening.
And we are delighted to highlight three which were inside qualifying standards being asked for by British Athletics for European age group events later this summer.
Giffnock North’s Erin Wallace clocked 4:13.02 for an U23 1500m standard; Falkirk Victoria Harriers athlete Kane Elliott posted 3:44.05 for an U20 1500m standard; and Central AC’s Alastair Marshall came home in 14:16.30 to get inside the U20 mark for 5000m.
Well done to these athletes, their families and coaches !
There were many more good performances, top three finishes and PBs at that meeting at Stretford.
Here’s a handful of PBs to savour: Joe Ewing (Edinburgh AC) 1:49.61; Stephen Mackay (Inverness Harriers) 3:45.60; Jack Patton (Kilbarchan AAC) 3:49.47; Gavin Smith (Cambuslang Harriers) 3:54.73; Jenny Selman (Fife Ac) 4:16 21; Katie Johnson (Edinburgh AC) 4:29.97; James Donald (Dundee Hawkhill Harriers) 14:14.37.
More to come but big steps forward
— Nick Percy (@DiscusNick) May 9, 2021
Good to see Nick Percy pushing on his Season’s Best mark in the discus as he threw out to 62.52m.