Stellar Athletics is looking back on a successful 2017 season for its stable of 49 athletes, highlighted by medals at the World Championships.

The IAAF World Championships in London were a happy hunting ground for Stellar’s GB sprinters as Laviai Nielsen and Emily Diamond gained 4x400m silver medals and Desiree Henry acquired a 4x100m silver.

The quarter-milers formed half of the quartet which finished second in 3:25.00 behind the US in the Olympic Stadium. Diamond had earlier in the week placed fifth in her individual heat. Henry’s relay silver – also behind an American foursome – came after she reached the semi-finals of the individual 100m.

For Christina Manning, this year has been the most successful of her career, capped by fifth at the World Championships over 100m hurdles. Her-build up included a great bronze at the high-standard US Championships and she ended on a high with a PB of 12.54 and then another win in the last race of her season.

Michelle-Lee Ahye ended the summer as world No.2 over 100m thanks to her Trinidad & Tobago record of 10.82 – also a lifetime best. Her excellent summer culminated in sixth at the World Championships in both the 100m and 4x100m relay.

Charlene Lipsey is a contender for Stellar’s top breakthrough athlete of 2017. The American won silver at the US Championships and was seventh at the Worlds. With a best time of 1:57.38, she was three seconds quicker than ever before.

One place behind her at London 2017 was Britain’s Lynsey Sharp, who was again among the world’s best two-lap runners, and her 1:58.01 season’s best was just outside her PB.

Staying with 800m, Canada’s Brandon McBride was also eighth in his final during a year in which his 1:44.41 was his second best ever.

Also making the final in London was sprint hurdler Bahamas’ Shane Brathwaite. Sixth was his best result so far at a global championships and his 13.26 best was just short of his quickest ever.

It was also a massive year for Britain’s new sprint find Reece Prescod, who won the British 100m title and then, on his way to reaching the World final, set a PB of 10.03. He eventually placed seventh.

Canadian sprinter Brendon Rodney continued his progression with a sixth place with Canada over 4x100m.

Despite struggling with injury most of the season, New Zealand’s Olympic bronze medallist Eliza McCartney placed ninth in the pole vault in London.

Also competing at the Worlds from among Stellar athletes were Alonso Edward, Angie Petty,  Beth Potter, Elliott Giles, Jessica Judd, Marquis Dendy, Michaela Meijer, Meghan Beesley, Rosie Clarke, Shara Proctor, Thomas Barr and Tosin Oke.

Stellar’s newest signing, Britain’s Finette Agyapong, also enjoyed a fine summer, becoming European under-23 200m champion with a PB of 22.86, more than half a second inside her best time before this year.

GB’s Harriet Knowles-Jones won European junior 1500m gold in Grosseto in a year in which she improved her PB to 4:13.59.

Away from the major championships, US hurdler Sharika Nelvis was second in the Diamond League final in Zurich.

Meanwhile, Jonny Davies and Jess Judd made the World University Games in Taipei a success for Stellar’s British athletes as they picked up a bronze medal each in the 1500m and 5000m. Their countryman Allan Smith just missed out on a medal as he placed fourth in the high jump.