European Indoor fourth placer Andie Osagie may have made a late start to the outdoor season but seems to have lost none of his momentum or potency and wasting no time to show his intentions of challenging for Britain’s top spot over 800m.

In his second only outing of the season. he pulled away from Richard Jones (USA) and Prince Mumba (ZAM) down the home straight to a big new PB of 1:45.63 to convincingly clinch the main race at the BMC Grand Prix at Trafford yesterday, shattering his previous best of 1:46.41 set last summer in Milan in the process.

As importantly, he has gained a considerable foothold in the reckoning for places for the World Championships in Daegu as that mark also doubled as a B standard, needing one more in the following two weeks to fully meet the criteria. At this rate, he could as well charge into the A qualifying territory (1:45.40) and seal his berth for good nonetheless.

Further, he comes to set up an intriguing top level duel with European silver medallist Mike Rimmer, who’s been mysteriously struggling after a searing start in May, and could turn up as favourite to claim the spoils next weekend in Birmingham on this evidence.

Ben Scarlett grabbed a big PB of 1:47.88 for fourth behind to draw under 1:48 for the first time ever.

His training partner, James Brewer, who missed a place in the final at the Worlds in Berlin by a mere 0.08 secs, showed further signs of swiftly recovering his form as he set a big SB of 3:42.28 for sixth in the 1500m and he will be hoping to have moved up another gear by the time he lines up at the UK Trials next weekend.

Irishman Ciaran O’Lionaird, a late surprise of the American collegiate circuit, edged the race in 3:40.71 narrowly ahead of Dane Andreas Bueno in 3:40.79, where Frank Baddick sneaked ahead of Brewer to get fifth in a PB of 3:42.24.

There were further disappointing performances for Niall Brooks and Daniel Clorley who finished well towards the back of the pack.

Stacey Smith was a close runner-up behind Canada’s Jessica Smith, taking victory in 2:03.09, stepping down the 800m in 2:03.29 as she attempts to stage a strong rally into the season following a disappointing end to her medal hopes at the European U23 Championships in Ostrava, with an eye on making the squad for Daegu.

‘chaser James Wilkinson extended a good and very consistent lengthy streak of form this summer to take the men’s flat 3000m in 7:56.84, second time ever under 8 mins and on the trot at that. But he will definitely need to find some good fast race over the barriers to turn his form to full measure.

Miler-turned-steeplechaser Jon Taylor was third in 7:58.83 behind Irishman Sean Connolly, second in 7:57.21, and Luke Gunn narrowly missed out on the 8 mins barrier in 8:00.19 in fifth.

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