Thompson pips rivals to win gold in Birmingham

Emily Thompson won gold in Birmingham
Emily Thompson won gold in Birmingham

Emily Thompson found more success at Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena on Saturday to claim the gold medal in the Midlands Indoor Championships.

The Banbury Harrier won the regional under-17 Women’s 800m title with a commanding victory to repeat her performance at last year’s under-15 championships.

She lined up against the region’s top 800m specialists, many of whom were a year or more older. She eased through her qualifying heat with a well-paced win over Birmingham-based rival Carianne Robertson.

The final brought her head-to-head with Leicestershire 800m champion Laura Mullin, whose best last season was two seconds quicker than Thompson’s, and Holly Bankes of Gloucestershire, twice the outdoor Midlands 800m champion.

Thompson took the initiative from the gun, setting a searing first 200m pace of just 31 seconds. The second of the arena’s tight 200m laps saw her build a big lead.

With Thompson completing 400m in just 64 seconds, the pace had to slow but Bankes and Mullin were unable to make inroads into her 30 metre lead. An impressive final lap saw Thompson cross the line in 2.15.00 with Bankes claiming silver and Mullin the bronze.