1997 British Athletics Championships
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1997 British Athletics Championships

1997 British Athletics Championships
Host cityBirmingham, England
Main stadiumAlexander Stadium
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The 1997 BAF British Championships was the national championship in outdoor track and field for the United Kingdom held at Alexander Stadium, Birmingham. The 10,000 metres event was hosted separately at the Sheffield Hallam UCA Stadium.

Organised by the British Athletics Federation (BAF), the competition was limited to British athletes only and marked a replacement to the UK Athletics Championships, which had last been held in 1993. The BAF British Championships overshadowed that year's AAA Championships, which was open to foreign competitors and typically the most prominent meet on the domestic calendar. This has led some statisticians, such as the National Union of Track Statisticians (NUTS), to judge the British Championships event as the main national championships for the country for 1997. Many of the athletes below also competed at the 1997 AAA Championships.[1][2]

The bankruptcy of the British Athletics Federation that same year effectively rendered the competition defunct.[3] The British Athletics Championships returned ten years later in 2007, organised by UK Athletics - the government-led successor organisation to the British Athletics Federation.

The main international track and field competition for the United Kingdom that year was the 1997 World Championships in Athletics. British javelin champion Steve Backley claimed world silver in Athens. UK runners-up Colin Jackson and Denise Lewis were also both runners-up at the global level.[4]

Medal summary


Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres Ian Mackie 10.28 Darren Campbell 10.29 Dwain Chambers 10.42
200 metres
(wind: +2.3 m/s)
Dougie Walker 20.63 w Owusu Dako 20.70 w Douglas Turner 20.87 w
400 metres Iwan Thomas 44.36 Mark Richardson 44.84 Jamie Baulch 45.02
800 metres Andy Hart 1:46.36 Mark Sesay 1:47.36 Paul Walker 1:47.82
1500 metres John Mayock 3:39.69 Kevin McKay 3:39.93 Matthew Yates 3:40.66
5000 metres Adrian Passey 13:38.21 Robert Denmark 13:39.29 Ian Gillespie 13:39.72
10,000 metres Ian Hudspith 28:35.11 Glynn Tromans 28:35.32 Dermot Donnelly 28:38.56
110 m hurdles Tony Jarrett 13.33 Colin Jackson 13.39 Andrew Tulloch 13.85
400 m hurdles Chris Rawlinson 49.69 Gary Jennings 50.02 Paul Gray 50.38
3000 metres steeplechase Rob Hough 8:41.44 Spencer Duval 8:46.17 Matt O'Dowd 8:47.99
10,000 m walk Andrew Penn 42:21.89 Martin Bell 42:31.19 Mark Easton 42:37.98
High jump Brendan Reilly 2.28 m Dalton Grant 2.20 m David Barnetson 2.17 m
Pole vault Paul Williamson 5.40 m Kevin Hughes 5.40 m Nick Buckfield 5.30 m
Long jump Steve Phillips 7.58 m Chris Davidson 7.52 m Oni Onuorah 7.45 m
Triple jump Francis Agyepong 16.48 m Julian Golley 16.34 m Larry Achike 15.77 m
Shot put Shaun Pickering 19.25 m Matt Simson 19.11 m Steph Hayward 18.19 m
Discus throw Robert Weir 63.74 m Kevin Brown 59.44 m Glen Smith 58.62 m
Hammer throw Paul Head 71.58 m David Smith 70.92 m Mick Jones 69.68 m
Javelin throw Steve Backley 86.20 m Mick Hill 81.02 m Nick Nieland 78.64 m


Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres Simmone Jacobs 11.50 Marcia Richardson 11.58 Beverly Kinch 11.62
200 metres Katharine Merry 23.19 Simmone Jacobs 23.49 Donna Fraser 23.61
400 metres Donna Fraser 51.82 Michelle Pierre 53.13 Lorraine Hanson 53.73
800 metres Kelly Holmes 1:58.59 Hayley Parry 2:02.20 Claire Raven 2:03.15
1500 metres Joanne Pavey 4:18.57 Angela Davies 4:20.86 Lynn Gibson 4:21.29
5000 metres Paula Radcliffe 15:30.36 Yvonne Murray 15:39.08 Lynne MacDougall 16:04.01
10,000 metres Vikki McPherson 33:30.81 Joanne Thompson 33:38.36 Lucy Wright 33:41.16
100 m hurdles Angie Thorp 13.34 Jacqui Agyepong 13.38 Clova Court 13.46
400 m hurdles Sally Gunnell 55.33 Alyson Layzell 57.44 Keri Maddox 58.52
5000 m walk Sylvia Black 23:56.72 Catherine Charnock 25:26.25 Lynn Bradley 26:47.67
High jump Debbie Marti 1.91 m Susan Jones 1.88 m Joanne Jennings 1.85 m
Pole vault Janine Whitlock 4.00 m Louise Schramm 3.70 m Paula Wilson 3.60 m
Long jump Joanne Wise 6.47 m Denise Lewis 6.41 m Tracy Joseph 6.24 m
Triple jump Ashia Hansen 14.10 m Michelle Griffith 13.11 m Connie Henry 12.48 m
Shot put Judy Oakes 18.42 m Myrtle Augee 16.74 m Tracy Axten 14.71 m
Discus throw Shelley Drew 58.16 m Tracy Axten 53.86 m Jackie McKernan 53.28 m
Hammer throw Sarah Moore 56.60 m Ann Gardner 54.00 m Liz Pidgeon 52.10 m
Javelin throw Tessa Sanderson 58.30 m Shelley Holroyd 55.20 m Karen Martin 54.66 m


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