“It was really different competing indoors, it’s quite intimate and it’s nice.”
Brazil’s Terezinha Guilhermina and Great Britain’s Stef Reid, Katrina Hart and Ola Abidogun won their events at the 2013 British Athletics Series at Glasgow’s new Emirates Arena on Saturday (26 January), as athletes with an impairment were included in the competition for the first time.
In the 60m T11/12 race, Paralympic champion Guilhermina clocked an 8.17 in her indoor competition debut, finishing ahead of Slovakia’s Hanka Kolnikova and Great Britain’s Libby Clegg.
Paralympic silver medallist Reid put on an impressive display in the long jump F44, leaping the day’s best of 4.90m, showcasing her consistency at her indoor debut. Japan’s Maya Nakanishi registered a jump of 4.78m to finish in second place.
“It was really different competing indoors, it’s quite intimate and it’s nice,” Reid told British Athletics. “You don’t have to deal with things like weather. I can’t remember the last time I only failed one jump in a competition so it’s nice to have no wind and the elements to deal with.
“It was a bit crazy, a different experience but I absolutely loved it. I’m OK with my performance. It’s a different time of the season and we’re working on specific things. I came here to win and I did that so I’m quite pleased with it. I was really hoping for over 5m but that’s just because I’m greedy.”
Nambia’s Paralympic champion Johanna Benson and three members of the British gold medal-winning 4x100m T37 relay team from the London Games contested the 60m T37 in Glasgow, in which Great Britain’s Katrina Hart came out on top with a time of 9.00. Olivia Breen finished second in 9.12 and Benson came third in 9.23.
Paralympic bronze medallist Ola Abidogun ran a 7.26 to win the 60m T46 race, as Brazilian fan favourite Yohansson Nascimento and Japan’s Tomoki Tagawa tied for second place with times of 7.35.
“I felt great, I’m not a big 60m fan but I think I’m starting to come to like it a lot more as I get older and I feel a lot more confident,” Abidogun told British Athletics.
“That was a really good start. I’ll just go from race to race – that was my first race of the season and it blew away the cobwebs.”