MELISSA’S MILE MOMENT
LIKE the 500m, the mile event offered the opportunity for a clash of athletes from a range of specialist disciplines. While Kenya’s world 1500m semi-finalist Winny Chebet might have been considered the favourite, Melissa Courtney’s ‘give it a go’ approach paid off as she ended her season with a win.
After a well-judged race the recent Welsh 3000m record-breaker, who finished fifth in the World University Games 1500m in Taipei, clocked 4:33.83 ahead of Chebet’s 4:34.42. Dropping down in distance, British steeplechaser Rosie Clarke also impressed in third in 4:34.96.
“I’m so happy to finish this season on such a positive note,” said Courtney. “I think Winny Chebet was definitely one of the firm favourites but I had a really good run on Wednesday night so I knew I was in a good shape. I thought, ‘just go for it, if it pays off it pays off, if it doesn’t then what have I got to lose?’”
After a break, her focus will turn to securing her spot on the Welsh team for the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, with the 1500m and 5000m the aim.
Melissa Courtney: mile win