Tag Archive: Jenny Meadows


The December installment of Jenny Meadows‘s video blog reels out over a high-altitude training spell at Fort Romeu in the Pyrenees and presents pieces of runs on pasture and plenty of glimpses into the weight and gym training of the European 800m bronze medallist, who has already expressed her interest to contest the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul.

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Jenny Meadows November video blog

This is the November edition of Jenny Meadows‘s video blog as released by UK Athletics that is reeled out during the Wells Sport Foundation dinner. Dai Greene, Mike Rimmer, Holly Bleasdale and Katarina Johnson-Thompson appear in this as well. Do have a look at it!

Don’t mess with Jenny!

Watch Jenny Meadows‘s October video blog over the early days of her winter build-up, offering some nice and interesting glimpses into her training practices and workouts,  as she is laying the groundwork towards a massive season that peaks in the Olympic Games in London. Trevor Painter, her husband and coach, pays duties as presenter while Helen Clitheroe makes a cameo at the gym.

By the way, do check out Jenny’s fighting skills as she punches in the mitts of Trevor in the gym – the message is, “Don’t mess with me, I’m outta get you”!

The Great North City Games up in Gateshead, Tyneside, on Saturday followed by the Great North Run from Newcastle to South Shields (13.1 miles) today provide the main athletics attraction on British soil, while the international meeting Notturna di Milano in Milan (Italy), featuring some Britons in action, and the two-day multi-venture of Decastar in Talence headlined by Tatiana Chernova , trailing Olympic champion Natalya Dobrinska in the heptathon overnight, are the most important events around the continent this weekend. So let’s start picking up the action around:

Great North City Games, Newcastle Gateshead, Saturday 17 September

A large crowd turned out in the streets of a damp Gateshead to hail Daegu hero Mo Farah on his first outing since claiming gold over 5000m in Daegu and the world champion returned the welcome home by means of a romp to an easy victory over 2 miles in 8:37.72, pulling away from American Brian Olinger in the late stages to win by over four seconds. A household name after his heroics in Korea, the Briton is enjoying large acknowledgement and deep affections among people around the country and even received a standing ovasion when recently presented to the crowd during the interval of a game of his beloved Arsenal at the Emirates.

Mo Farah wins the 2 mile race in Gateshead

That was the one of only three wins of a depleted British team against seven of an always superior American outfit that boasted the likes of Carmelita Jeter, Jason Richardson, Dwight Phillips, Bernard Lagat and Walter Dix among their ranks as Hannah England employed her trademark kick to come away from a spirited Helen Clitheroe for a convincing victory over the women’s mile in 4:39.49 to 4:40.65 respectively, a fitting follow-up on her recent exploits on the international stage.

The global 1500m silver medalist has got a further race scheduled in a road rematch against Americans Jenny Simpson and Morgan Uceny in the 5th Avenue Mile in New York on Sunday before she calls time on her season.

Jenny Meadows, on a rare outing overdistance, came a decent fourth in 4:44.99 to split the American girls behind the top two but Emma Pallant could finish only last way adrift in 4:53.45, still looking to find her way.

Harry Aikines-Ayreety and Christian Malcolm made a second one-two for Britain in the men’s dash in 10.27 and 10.45 secs respectively (1.5m/sec) ahead of makeshift sprinters Jeff Porter (Tiffany‘s husband) and Omo Osaghae, over to the flat from the high hurdles. From there on, however, it was all USA across the board.

Fresh from an electrifying 19.53 over 200m behind Yohan Blake in Brussels the previous night, Walter Dix had bundles of pace in his legs to tear away to a sizzling 14.65 secs (1.4m/sec, 10.11 through 100m) for a striking victory over the rare ‘straight’ 150m, as Marlon Devonish set a British best ever in 14.87 secs (10.19 at 100m) well behind in second. Arguably, this looks to form the Briton’s best distance on the quality of his runs over the last couple of years but such a shame he cannot translate his times into the 200m, having lost that final third that could render him a real force on international level.

Rising young American Maurice Mitchell came third in 15.08 (10.22 at 100m) and James Ellington filled the last spot in a personal best of 15.18 (10.30 at 100m).

In the women’s version, new world 100m champion Carmelita Jeter made light work to dominate in 16.50 secs (1.5m/sec, 11.31 at 100m), a world best over a ‘straight’ 150m, as Anyika Onuora (16.90, 11.42 at 100m) and Abi Oyepitan (16.98, 11.48 at 100m) trailed a long way behind, with high hurdles Olympic champion Dawn Harper deputizing over the flat in 17.19 secs (11.62 at 100m).

Jason Richardson, the new world champion, demolished a field that involved last summer’s global topper David Oliver with aplomb in a fast 13.16 secs (0.7m/sec) to wrap up a sensational season in style, the latter setting 13.36 secs for runner-up – apparently carrying a complaint though. Britain’s Andy Turner hit a hurdle hard early into the race to stumble out of contention and eventually let up off the final flight in 14.08 secs for last as William Sharman swept past in 13.82 secs.

Elsewhere, Bernard Lagat romped to an easy victory over the men’s mile in 4:06.01, Andie Osagie third in an unfamiliar outing in 4:09.53, Dawn Harper and Danielle Carruthers were a couple of gears up on the British girls in fast 12.73 and 12.77 secs over the women’s sticks (0.3m/sec) while young Holly Bleasdale struggled once again at the end of a very long season to come second over 4.12m in the pole vault, American Becky Holliday getting the win at 4.27m.

Results

http://www.greatcitygames.org/Events/Great-North-City-Games/TV.aspx

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Great North Run, Newcastle, Tyneside, Sunday 18 September

Jo Pavey has finished top Briton in fourth in 70:48 in the women’s race to set up nicely for marathon duty in a few weeks time as Helen Clitheroe followed closely home a place behind for an excellent debut of 70:57 over the distance, in particular coming on the back of a runner-up spot behind Hannah England in the mile yesterday.

Lucy Wangui Kabuu laid the ground for a Kenyan double as she totally dominated the field on the Newcastle to South Shields course to clinch victory in 67:06, shaping a well over two minures gap on following marker Jessica Augusto (POR) who posted 69:27. Another Portoguese, Marisa Barrios, was third in 70:29.

Martin Matathi (KEN) moved through the gears over the last third of the race to surge inside 59 mins for a new course record of 58:56 and thoroughly win the men’s affair from compatriot Jonathan Maiyo, who had broken away around the 5th mile but couldn’t hold on to his lead to eventually finish a distant second  in 59:27.

The Kenyans occupied all four top positions as pre-race favourite Emanuel Mutai wound up third in 59:52 and Micah Kogo was fourth in 60:03.

Keith Gerrard, 25, made a very promising debut of his own in 63:39 to move straight fourth in the UK charts this season and might as well start contemplating an earlier move up to the marathon on the evidence of this showing. The US-based runner has also made substantial headway over 10000m by means of a PB of 28:27.03 this term so a solid platform is already in place to mount a move up.

Among other Britons, Scot Freya Murray swang back into action after a long lay-off due to injury to make a strong debut of 72:44 for 10th in the women’s race while veteran Ian Hudspith ran his fastest time since 2007 in 64:14 in 15th place, former steeplechaser Matt O’Dowd (V35) drew his best time since 1999 in 64:32 for 17th, returning John Beattie ran a debut 64:50 following next and Darren Deed posted a personal best of 64:58 a further spot adrift in the men’s race.

Andy Vernon may have been slightly disappointed to come only 20th in 65:45 (SB).

Full Results

http://www.greatrun.org/Results/Default.aspx

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Decastar, Talence, France

Day I

Olympic champion Natalya Dobrynska (UKR) is mounting a slight surprise at the moment as she is leading new global champion Tatiana Chernova (RUS) by a healthy 56pts overnight, 3867 to 3811pts respectively after four disciplines.

The Russian, as expected, got to the front after the hurdles running slightly outside her PB in a 13.37 secs (-0.7m/sec, 1069pts) against a familiar modest start from her main rival in 13.76 secs (-0.5m/sec, 1013pts) for the duo to come tied at 1.82m out of the high jump (1003pts).

But Dobrynska bided her time to strike back through a SB of 16.28m (947pts) in the shot that, combined with a poor effort of 12.90m by Chernova (721pts), propelled her to a sound lead of 170pts after the third stop of the heptathlon. However, another modest trip round 200m in 24.80 secs (0.0, 904pts) had her advantage curtailed down to just 56pts at the end of the first day as Chernova was substantially faster in 23.61 secs (-0.7m/sec, 1018) in her heat.

Rather surprisingly, Jessica Zelinka (CAN) is not that far off in third on 3752pts with Karolina Tyminska (POL) fourth on 3706pts.

In the decathlon, favourite Leonel Suarez (CUB) is stuttering way down in eighth on just 3925 after a horrid first day (11.43, 7.18, 13.24, 1.97, 49.39) and will need to call up on his deepest reserves if he is to turn around a nasty situation of a 290pts deficit on overnight leader Andres Raja (EST) on 4215pts.

Day I Results & Standings

http://www.iaaf.org/wce11/results/eventCode=4742/sex=W/discCode=HEP/combCode=hash/roundCode=4/summary.html#det

Day II

Natalya Dobrynska‘s challenge and potential upset quickly fizzled out into the second day to open the way to Tatiana Chervona for a comfortable victory in the end on an eventual total of 6679pts, the Ukrainian still pulling together a SB of 6539pts.

The Russian actually didn’t even need to reach her best form as a 6.57m (1.8m/sec, 1030pts) leap proved enough to turn round a 56pts deficit into a 28pts advantage from the off since Dobrynska faltered at just 6.31m (1.8m/sec, 946pts) in the long jump.

And it was as good as game over when the world champion landed her spear at 50.62m (872pts) to settle matters in the javelin with her rival unable to go further than 47.40m (810pts), rendering the tail-end 800m a virtual lap of honour as Chernova sailed through in 2:09.92 to wrap up her third straight multi-eventer win – the Ukrainian crossing the line in 2:13.42.

Karolina Tyminska came third on 6301pts through a strong ending of a 2:06.51 over 800m and Canadian Jessica Zelinka was fourth on 6296pts.

Over to the decathlon, Leonel Suarez could make no ground nor improve on a dismal opening day to end up a mere seventh on a vastly disappointing 7889pts as Hans van Alphen (BEL) came through from behind to snatch victory by a mere 16pts out of the hands of Mikk Pahapill (EST) at the death, running narrowly outside his PB in 4:21.10 for 804 and a total of 8200pts against the latter’s much slower 4:38.43 (690pts) to a final tally of 8184pts.

Results

http://www.iaaf.org/wce11/results/eventCode=4742/index.html

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Notturna di Milano, Milan, Italy, September 18

Luke Fagan and Leon Baptiste‘s hopes of fast times over the dash in Milan were blown away by a strong headwind of -3.4m/sec down the home straight, as well as pouring rain, to strive home in 10.57 and 10.65 secs for second and fifth respectively, although the former may be content enough to have placed runner-up behind new Jamaican star Nickel Ashmeade (9.96) who crossed the line in 10.42 secs.

Apparently, that was Fagan’s last piece of action to a breakthrough season while Baptiste will be likely running one more race over his specialty, the 200m, in Watford midweek.

Chris Clarke fared much better than in Brussels two days ago to come runner-up in 46.29 over 400m not far off winner Oscar Pistorius (RSA), who sneaked inside 46 secs to a time of 45.97.

In the men’s 1500m, Kenyan Silas Kiplagat was rampant to storm to a devastating victory by around four and a half seconds in 3:33.28 over a field that involved former world champion Yussuf Saad Kamel, the son of great Billy Konchellah (KEN), who is still working his way back and ended up fourth in a 3:39.05.

James Brewer came home in the middle of the field in eighth in a SB of 3:41.10 but will be satisfied to have claimed the scalp of Spaniard Arturo Casado who finished a place behind in 3:41.86.

Mohammed Amman stuns mighty David Rudisha down the home straight on a damp track

The highlight of the meeting belonged without a doubt to late season’s revelation Mohammed Amman (ETH) who forced mighty world record holder David Rudisha into his first defeat over 800m in two years, edging narrowly ahead in the dying stages to a fast 1:43.50 against the Kenyan’s 1:43.57. A massive win and confidence boost for the 17-year-old Ethiopian who emerges as a force to reckon with in view of the London Olympics next summer.

Olha Saladuha (UKR) carved out arguably the other top display of the meeting as she reached out to a slightly windy 14.94m (2.4m/sec) in the triple jump to comfortably hold off second-placed Olga Rypakova (KAZ), who achieved a best of 14.69 (2.8m/sec) on the day, while Anna Chicherova (RUS) cleared 1.96m to edge out home favourite Antonietta di Martino (1.93) in the women’s high jump.

Results

http://www.dbresults.net/sitof/risultati/at/2011/Milano1809201101/at/indexframe.htm

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Meeting International Tangier, Morocco, Sunday 18 September

Dwain Chambers edged out local record holder Ouhadi Aziz to a useful international win in the men’s 100m in 10.28 to 10.32 secs (-0.4m/sec), Lerone Clarke (JAM) last in a dismal 10.84 secs (injured?), and came back later to take third on a first, and probably last, showing over the longest sprint in 20.86 secs (-0.1m/sec) some way behind winner Ainsley Waugh‘s meet record of 20.71 secs, Aziz marginally second in 20.85 secs.

Jemma Simpson was a convincing winner in the women’s 800m in 2:02.21 but had to wait for a while to learn of her time as the clock stopped at 1:52 during the last stages of the race – that would have been an awesome world record!

The overall outlook of displays on the track and the infield ranged on a moderate trail apart from Canadian Dylan Armstrong‘s 21.76m to win the men’s shot from Portoguese Fortes Marco (20.61) and former world champion Christian Cantwell (20.58), suggesting that conditions may have not been very performance conductive.

Results

http://www.meetingdetanger.ma/2011-live.cfm

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IAAF Race Walking Challenge Final, La Coruna, Spain, Saturday 17 September

Long-unbeaten Valerie Borchin and Olga Kaniskina (RUS), the world champions over the men and women’s 20km in Daegu, took their form to the streets of La Coruna in Spain and dominated the respective 10km races at the Race Walking Challenge Final with relative ease.

Borchin always maintained a firm hold on the men’s affair and was barely threatened at any point to claim a convincing win, along with a $30,000 prize, in a huge SB of 38:42 ahead of China’s Zhang Wang (38:49, SB), who finished just outside the medals in Daegu, and Wafei Chu (39:06, SB).

For her part, Kaniskina upped the ante in the late stages to pull well clear of Daegu’s silver medalist Hong Liu (CHN) to an eventual 42:37 (SB), placing a good 17 secs distance between herself and her rival.

Results

Men 1.Valerie Borchin (RUS) 38:42 (SB), 2.Zhang Wang (CHN) 38:49 (SB), 3.Wafei Chu (CHN) 39:06 (SB), 4.Joao Vieira (POR) 39:09 (SB), 5.Eder Sanchez (MEX) 39:13 (SB), …, 10.Jared Tallent (AUS) 39:48

Women 1.Olga Kaniskina (RUS) 42:37 (SB), 2.Hong Liu (CHN) 42:54 (SB), 3.Melanie Seeger (GER) 43:06 (SB), 4.Ana Capacinha (POR) 43:12 (PB), 5.Susana Feitor (POR) 43:37 (SB)

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BAL Qualifier, Abingdon, Saturday 17 September

Merwyn Luckwell has returned to the top of the British javelin after two years as he released an Olympic B qualifier of 80.60m in Abingdon, showing that he is totally over the long-term injury problems that blighted him since 2009. That mark was the farthest by a Brit since his own PB of 81.05m two years ago to move past James Campbell, a SB of 80.18 back in May, to the top of the UK rankings in the process.

There was further good news from the javelin quarters at the bow-out of the season as U20 Richard Shuttleworth improved to a PB of 71.61m behind Luckwell, scratching his former figure of 70.73m in qualification at the European U20 Championships in Tallinn (Estonia). Both throwers are coached by Esa Utriainen.

Mick Woods-coached Charlie Purdue continued her tentative return to action in a 10:04.1 low-key race over 3000m having missed the bulk of the summer following surgery in May.

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English Schools Combined Events Championships, Exeter, September 17-18

18-year-old Liam Ramsey worked up a new U20 best total ever of 7308 pts during a two-day adventure in the decathlon across the weekend in Exeter, to move up from his previous figure of 7233pts in Doncaster back in June. His card read 11.46w (4.6m/sec) in the 100m, 6.94m (2.6m/sec) in the long jump, 13.74m in the shot (6kgr), 1.96m in the high jump (ePB), 49.26 secs over 400m, 14.46 over the junior sticks (PB, 1.2m/sec), 37.66m in the discus, 4.03m in the pole vault, 43.75m in the javelin and rounded out in 4:33.44 in the 1500m.

Diamonds for Jenny

Jenny Meadows has made up for some of the disappointment of Daegu a week ago as she came a sound third in 1:58.92 in a packed high quality field over 800m in Zurich to claim top place in the overall standings of the event in the Diamond League series, earning herself a well-deserved precious stone for her efforts round the season.

Again, it can be argued that the Briton may have gone through a little too fast splits at 200 and 400m, slightly behind pacemaker Liliya Lobanova (UKR) in 56.83 secs, that eventually dented her chances of winning the affair as she ran short of any response towards the end. New world champion Mariya Savinova (RUS) measured her effort well round the first lap, just as she did in Daegu, to  come strong through the field in trademark fashion in the late stages and clinch the race in 1:58.27, with always enterprising American Alysia Montano (nee Johnson) holding on to second in 1:58.41.

But the end justifies the means since the main objective was fulfilled, with pre-race standings leader Kenia Sinclair (JAM) falling well off the pace, and Jenny was proudly presenting her new asset all smiles after the race.

Result

http://www.diamondleague-zurich.com/en/Results/Overview/800m/

A reshuffled British 4x100m relay side nearly snatched an unlikely win as reinstated anchor man Mark Lewis-Francis was narrowly pipped by the superior footwork of new global champion Yohan Blake in the final strides, crossing the line in 38:35 to Jamaica’s 38.29 secs for an encouraging performance. Harry Aikines-Ayreety shifted back on the lead-off and James Ellington, also overlooked in Daegu, came in on the back straight to provide more shape and cohesion to the team as Marlon Devonish linked up with Lewis-Francis in a smooth and slick way out in front reminiscent of Britain’s epic triumph in the Olympics in Athens in 2004. Perhaps selectors will take notice and come up with the right formation and combinations in their next major tournament.

Result

http://www.diamondleague-zurich.com/en/Results/Overview/4x100m-Zurich-Trophy/

A revamped British quartet slightly misses out on win against a strong Jamaican side in the 4x100m

All four sprinters had been in individual action in the pre-program races and Ellington enjoyed a moment of glory as he edged out Pole Pawel Stempel to take the A race in 10.40 to 10.43 secs (-0.2m/sec) while Aikines-Ayreety came fourth in a harder second heat in 10.31 (-0.8m/sec), with Devonish a place behind in 10.33 and Lewis-Francis seventh in 10.36 secs as a sharpener.

Goldie Sayers had to endure very much the same nightmare as in Daegu a week earlier but this time round she ground out a fifth round 62.25m to save the day by way of a fifth place in yet another scintillating javelin encounter that ranged in high territories but displayed a different set of leading characters. After mysteriously faltering in yet another major final, Christina Obergfoll (GER) was back to her very best to gain a commanding lead from early on due to a second attempt 68.95m and come under relative pressure only in the late stages, which surprisingly materialized from neither Maria Abakumova (RUS) nor Barbora Spotakova (CZE) who spent a rather quiet evening.

It was world bronze medalist Sunette Viljoen (RSA) who grew in confidence as the competition moved on to pull together an excellent late series of 66.96, 67.46 and 67.22m, her best ever, for a comprehensive second place but could not eventually shake the German at the top, who saved a big SB and meeting record of 69.57m when the affair was over as a contest to wrap up a classy display in style. With the top four markers appearing to be drawing away into the high 60s-low 70s, Goldie may need to claw her way into the 65m and knock a chunck off the gap before the season goes out – it’s going to be important to head into the winter in a more advanced position on her major rivals.

Result

http://www.diamondleague-zurich.com/en/Results/Overview/Javelin-Throw/

Kirani James (GRN) pulls away from Lashawn Merritt (USA) down the home straight for a convincing victory in a new national record of 44.36 secs over 400m, getting the better of the American for a second time on the trot

Martyn Rooney produced maybe his most assured run of a shaky season to come sixth in 45.63 secs from a tight inside lane in an upgraded version of the 400m final in Korea that saw teen prodigy Kirani James (GRN) pull away from Olympic champion Lashawn Merritt (USA) in similar fashion down the home straight to a new national record of 44.36 secs, second fastest time in history by an U20 behind Steve Lewis‘s 43.87 secs in winning gold in the Seoul Olympics in distant 1988. Merritt was comprehensively beaten into runner-up for a second time on the bounce by the youngster in 44.67 secs and will have a lot to ponder heading into his winter training after the end of the track season while Jamaica’s Jermaine Gonzales finished a distant third in 45.39 secs.

Result

http://www.diamondleague-zurich.com/en/Results/Overview/400m/

World bronze medalist Andy Turner was fifth in 13.41 (0.1m/sec) as the men’s sprint hurdles turned into a duel between Dayron Robles and season’s surprise package Jason Richardson (USA) from the off, the more experienced Cuban holding his form and a slight lead from hurdle one nicely through the race in his flawless hurdling to claim the spoils in a SB of 13.01 secs. The latter, new world champion in the event, came runner-up in a fast 13.10 secs followed on by last summer’s overwhelming number one David Oliver (USA) in 13.26 secs, possibly already setting his sights on next summer. Twice global finalist William Sharman trailed a long way back in 14.12 secs.

Result

http://www.diamondleague-zurich.com/en/Results/Overview/110m-Hurdles/

Dayron Robles wins from Jason Richardson in a SB of 13.01 secs in the 100m hurdles

A rather tired Daegu finalist Helen Clitheroe finished towards the back of the field of the women’s 5000m in 15:29.85 as the Kenyan girls totally dominated as has been a familiar sight this summer to occupy the top five places, in hot form Vivian Cheruiyot holding off Sally Kipiego to extend her superb unbeaten run in a meeting record of 14:30.10 to the latter’s PB of 14:30.42. That was a signing off the track season for the Brit who will be running the Great North Run before she swings into the winter.

Result

http://www.diamondleague-zurich.com/en/Results/Overview/5000m/

Beyond British interest in Zurich, an invincible Sally Pearson (AUS) demolished yet another quality field nonchalantly to win over 100m hurdles in 12.52 secs (0.2m/sec) from Olympic champion Dawn Harper (12.81) and Daegu finalist Phylisia George (CAN, 12.84), Carmelita Jeter making mo mistakes around to reel in an aggressive early Allyson Felix down the home stretch for a convincing win in 22.27 against 22.40 secs (-0.1m/sec) in the 200m.

Yohan Blake (JAM) breezed off to a comfortable victory over former world record holder Asafa Powell in a PB of 9.82 secs to 9.95 secs in totally still conditions and Jenn Suhr pulled off a dramatic turnround of fortunes to swing from fourth, needing all three attempts to better 4.62m, to a first-time 4.72m clearance to snatch victory on countdown from Sielge Spiegelburg (GER) in the women’s pole vault. Yelena Isinbayeva was third at 4.62m whereas Daegu silver medalist Martina Strutz (GER) failed to register a single height.

Dimitris Hondrokoukis became the first Greek athlete to win at a Diamond League meeting as he equalled his PB of 2.32m for a second time this term to upset the likes of world champion Jesse Williams (USA), fourth at 2.28m, while Valerie Adams (NZL) turned a champion’s response to deny Nadezdha Ostapchuk even a consolation victory as she stepped into the ring to overturn the Belarusian’s momentary lead of 20.48m towards the end of the fifth round by planting the shot at 20.51m straight off and retain her unbeaten record this season.

Full Results

http://www.diamondleague-zurich.com/en/Results/Overview/

Greg Rutherford‘s hamstring injury that put paid to his medal hopes shadowed a morning that saw a timely recovery to form from British athletes across the board as the action resumed on the sixth day of the World Championships in Daegu.

After a banker of an 8.00m opener (1.4m/sec), the Berlin 5th placer felt his hamstring go on the take-off during an attempt in the men’s long jump qualification and was forced to withdraw, a bitter end to a season that had shaped up so promisingly on a sound series on the international circuit in the run-up. In fact, his first round effort helf firm tooth and nail for long within the top twelve from both groups before giving way in the dying stages for seventh in the B group and an overall fourteenth. But that wouldn’t matter anyway since he would have been unable to contest the final tomorrow.

As if to make matters worse, European bronze medalist Chris Tomlinson, troubled with a knee complaint, struggled to assert himself in the adjacent pit and a last-gasp 8.02m (-0.5m/sec) just scraped him the twelfth qualifying place on countback from American Marquise Goodwin in a close combat finalle that saw Olympic champion Irving Saladino among the fallen. With only a day to spare on the final, British hopes of a medal hang by a thread and a great deal on how his knee is going to respond.

As concerns the gold medal, defending champion Dwight Phillips (USA) evoked great memories of the past as he sailed to a sound 8.32m (-0.2m/sec) first time out to seal his place and topple Aussie Mitchell Watt, second best overall at 8.15m (0.2m/sec), as favourite to claim a fourth global crown.

Results

http://daegu2011.iaaf.org/ResultsByDate.aspx?racedate=09-01-2011/sex=M/discCode=LJ/combCode=hash/roundCode=q/results.html#detM_LJ_hash_q

Despite reportedly running with blisters in his feet, Mo Farah cruised round the track to earn an easy runner-up place in 13:38.03 in a second heat of the men’s 5000m that was taken narrowly ahead by Imane Merga’s ‘killing elbows’ in 13:37.96, with former European champion Jesus Espana just scraping through as the last fastest loser in 13:40.38 for seventh. Farah said after the race that his feet felt alright so he will be gearing towards an anticipated epic battle against great Bernard Lagat (USA), who romped to a comfortable win in a slightly faster 13:33.90 in the first virtual semifinal. Craig Mottram (AUS) and Rui Silva (POR) were the most notable casualties on the way.

Results

http://daegu2011.iaaf.org/ResultsByDate.aspx?racedate=09-01-2011/sex=M/discCode=5000/combCode=hash/roundCode=h/results.html#detM_5000_hash_h

All three British girls qualified for the semifinals by means of excellent performances to stress the strength in depth of the women’s 800m on the domestic front. Jenny Meadows stamped her authority on a quality opening heat to sprint away to a comfortable victory in 2:01.11, covering the second 400m under 60 secs with aplomb, from American Maggie Vessey (2:01.32) as Russian Juliya Rusanova just made it as a fastest loser in 2:01.58 in fifth and European silver medalist Yvonne Hak (HOL) trailed well behind last in 2:03.05 to go out early. On the evidence of this showing, the Brit has firmly confirmed herself as a genuine contender for gold.

Marilyn Okoro was involved in a fast-paced third heat to come fourth in a sound 1:59.74 and move to the semifinals although she could have checked her ‘rear view mirror’ and saved a lot more as  the nearest next marker was coming over three seconds behind, with former world champion Janeth Kepkosgei Busienei (KEN) first in 1:59.36, while young Emma Jackson punched above her weight and fought her way through as fastest loser in 2:01.17 narrowly behind a glamorous screen of bodies including reigning champion Caster Semenya and European champion Mariya Savinova (RUS).

Results

http://daegu2011.iaaf.org/ResultsByDate.aspx?racedate=09-01-2011/sex=W/discCode=800/combCode=hash/roundCode=h/results.html#detW_800_hash_h

Goldie Sayers started off a little slow with a modest 56.61m but quickly slipped into her rhythm to land a solid 62.19m in her following effort and secure her berth in the women’s javelin final. Christina Obergfoll (GER) showed in great form as she bids for her first ever major title through a straight 68.76m from the off whereas a rather clumsy 63.40m proved enough for Olympic champion Barbora Spotakova (CZE). South African Sunette Viljoen, the World Student Games winner, signalled her very good current form and threat with a 65.34m release to move through second best from both groups.

Results

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Anuika Onuora became the first Briton to draw a PB in these championships, a rather embarrassing statistic, as she powered round 200m to a new mark of 22.93 secs (-0.2m/sec) to edge through the last and hardest women’s heat, missing out on an automatic spot by a mere hundredth of a second. That was her first ever trip inside 23 secs and an A Olympic qualifying standard on top of that to answer her critics accordingly. Double Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown was easily on top in 22.46 secs while Carmelita Jeter appeared to struggle to contain her speed as she shot down the home straight to a swift 22.68 secs (-0.5m/sec) off a conservative bend, suggesting that she could be on her way to a commanding sprint double.

Women’s 200m third heat with Allyson Felix and Daphne Schippers

Defending triple champion Allyson Felix did as much as required to ease through second in 22.71 secs (-0.3m/sec) from the outside lane in the fourth heat as sensational Dutch multi-eventer Daphne Schippers sneaked ahead for some glory in a massive national U20 record of 22.69 secs from the central lanes to demonstrate again her vast talent.

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Britain men’s 4x400m team struggled to apply in a tough draw first semifinal as they languished behind for much of the action before Martyn Rooney anchored past Germany in a SB of 3:00.68 to claim a fastest loser spot for the final. Richard Strachan tailed off late on the lead-off and Nigel Levine could not improve the team’s position deep in the field round the second leg so Britain may need to reshuffle their personnel so that they gain more pace in the early stages as they will need to get out straight into the top two-three and avoid the scramble for places in the middle of the race as much as possible. A suggestion could be to draw Chris Clarke back on the lead-off in place of Strachan, draft in Jack Green who is a great chaser on the second, employ 400m hurdles champion Dai Greene on the third and retain Rooney at the end.

The US team coasted to an easy win in 2:58.82 anchored by Lashawn Merritt although this side is very much a shadow of so many mighty quarters to have graced the track in the past.

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All top names were through the easier or the harder way in the men’s shot where German David Storl produced a new European U23 record of 21.50m to lead qualifiers to the final.

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UK Athletics have announced a 67-strong side to contest the oncoming World Championships in Daegu at the end of the month a little earlier on which hardly contain any surprise, save Michael Bingham‘s missing in the men’s long relay, but do feature some very notable absences and gaps. Defending global champions Phillips Idowu and Jessica Ennis will lead the British charge for medals in Korea along with a rampant Mo Farah, doubling up in the men’s distances, Dai Greene, Lisa Dobriskey and Jenny Meadows.

Phillips Idowu will spearhead the British challenge in Daegu

Besides them, a flowing Perri Shakes-Drayton, rocketing high Holly Bleasdale, the male long jump duo of Chris Tomlinson and Greg Rutherford, a surging Hannah England, Goldie Sayers and Tiffany Offili-Porter will be eyeing to blaze their way into the medals on a very promising run-up to the championships, while Olympic 400m Christine Ohuruogu, Nicola Sanders, Martin Rooney and Martyn Bernard will be dark horses heading towards the Far East. Look also for some revelations to emerge in the likes of James Shane, Jack Green, Emma Jackson, Nathan Woodward and Andie Osagie among others. Christian Malcolm, a dark horse himself in the 200m, will duly skipper the side on their venture to add to a very successful medal tally and overall presence in Berlin two years ago.

Nevertheless, there have been some notable late casualties like European 10000m silver medalist Chris Thompson, who has apparently opted out since short on fitness and missing the 5000m standard, Jemma Simpson, Lawrence Okoye, Charlene Thomas, Bingham, Hattie Dean, Andy Baddeley, Leon Baptiste, Rhys Williams and Kelly Sotherton which added to earlier withdrawals of the like of Paula Radcliffe, Nathan Douglas, James Dasaolu, Jodie Williams and Tasha Danvers take a considerable dent into the team’s potential.

Yamile Aldama has finally made the cut even in the 11th hour in the women’s triple jump, a nice surprise to see there, while Marlon Devonish deservedly got the nod over Mark Lewis-Francis over the remaining third slot in th men’s 100m, the European silver medalist making only the relay outfit. I think that there was enough convincing evidence towards that decision.

The third 200m spot is left vacant but I speculate that Charles van Commennee may leave it late to name either Danny Talbot or Devonish depending on form, as there could be a similar case in the men’s 400m alongside sole naming Martyn Rooney. James Shane has rightfully gained a discretionary selection over a lately wobblying Baddeley to be the sole representative in what used to be Britain’s flagship event in the 80s, the 1500m, but I reckon Muchtar Mohammed (800m) and Gunny Luke (3000mSC) should have been given a chance likewise.

Further, what with the late absences of the likes of Thompson and Baddeley and with earlier withdrawals or injuries, the cause of British distances has hardly been helped with the wide visible gaps in the distances from 5000m upwards that shape a picture that doesn’t render the actual landscape of these quarters.

On the other hand, the women field events strike far more favourably than any recent major championships with four jumpers and two throwers, which might as well have been three.

I’m a little baffled why Eden Francis hasn’t earned a place as a holder of two B standards in the discus while Conrad Williams could prove a costly omission following a solid late outing last Saturday. Last, despite the outcome of the last couple of counters between the two, I would still gamble on picking Lawrence Okoye in the discus. No offence to Brett Morse, who’s a talented thrower, but right now the former is the only one who could spring a medal in the event, erratic or not.

On the other hand, I reckon that Martyn Bernard’s pick was a smart and sensible move, you know that he relishes to rise to the occasion and most of the times you can get something really good out of him!

To be honest, I think that the season planning at this crucial late stage may have cost Britain a few athletes that could do well in Korea. For many athletes, a week may have been too short a time to pick themselves up from the UK Trials and perform again while several individuals had to seek competitions abroad since organisers at Crystal Palace didn’t provide for them. A two week span in between could have been more effective and efficient.

Overall, the team looks strong across the board and well capable of picking up even three to four golds and a total of eight to ten medals, where a strong start to the championships will be essential with the likes of Ennis and Idowu engaging their frays within the first few days.

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100m
Harry Aikines Aryeetey, Dwain Chambers, Marlon Devonish

200m James Ellington, Christian Malcolm

400m Martyn Rooney

800m Andrew Osagie, Michael Rimmer

1500m James Shane

5000m Mo Farah

10000m Mo Farah

110mh Lawrence Clarke, William Sharman, Andy Turner

400mh Jack Green, Dai Greene, Nathan Woodward

HJ Martyn Bernard, Tom Parsons

PV Steve Lewis

LJ Greg Rutherford, Chris Tomlinson

TJ Phillips Idowu

DT Abdul Buhari, Brett Morse, Carl Myerscough

4x100m Harry Aikines Aryeetey, Marlon Devonish, James Ellington, Mark Lewis-Francis, Christian Malcolm, Craig Pickering, Danny Talbot

4x400m Richard Buck, Chris Clarke, Jack Green, Dai Greene, Luke Lennon-Ford, Nigel Levine, Martyn Rooney, Richard Strachan

Marathon (team) Andrew Lemoncello, Lee Merrien, Dave Webb
WOMEN

100m Jeanette Kwakye, Anyika Onuora, Laura Turner

200m Anyika Onuora

400m Lee McConnell, Christine Ohuruogu, Nicola Sanders

800m Emma Jackson, Jenny Meadows, Marilyn Okoro

1500m Lisa Dobriskey, Hannah England

5000m Helen Clitheroe

3000mSC Barbara Parker

100mh Tiffany Offili-Porter

400mh Eilidh Child, Perri Shakes-Drayton

PV Holly Bleasdale, Kate Dennison

LJ Shara Proctor

TJ Yamile Aldama

JT Goldie Sayers

HT Sophie Hitchon

Heptathlon Jessica Ennis, Louise Hazel

20kmRW Jo Jackson

4x100m Montell Douglas, Jeanette Kwakye, Anyika Onuora, Abi Oyepitan, Asha Philip, Tiffany Offili-Porter, Laura Turner

4x400m Eilidh Child, Lee McConnell, Jenny Meadows, Christine Ohuruogu, Marilyn Okoro, Nadine Okyere, Nicola Sanders, Perri Shakes-Drayton

Marathon (team) Alyson Dixon, Susan Partridge

The last major athletics event of the summer on British soil, shaping the main stage in the last act of the qualification process for places on the British team to Daegu, has arrived and there will be a packed two days of top-level star-set action staged at Crystal Palace, featuring the likes of David Rudisha, David Oliver, Phillips Idowu, Bernard Lagat, Mo Farah, Angelo Taylor, Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Sanya Richards-RossCarmelita Jeter, and Barbora Spotakova. So let’s have a look through the schedule of the first day and pick up some of the  most interesting stories and characters today moving top-down, that is from the end of the day backwards.

Men’s 3000m

I speculate that Mo Farah could be out to gain hold of David Moorcroft‘s last-standing British record of 7:32.79, set on this very track way back in 1982, and provide the ‘crescendo’ at the end of the first day as well as getting a good sharperner under his belt as the make-up of the race suggests.

There is Kenyan Mark Kosgei Kiptoo to provide a good challenge, a SB of 12:59.91 over 5000m, and an excellent pacemaker in American David Krumenacher while breakthrough Aussie Ben StLawrence, who ran 27:24.95 over 10000m at Stanford in May, reliable Irishman Alastair Cragg and also Kenyan Sammy Alex Mutahi to add quality to the field, though the latter is nowhere near his last summer 13:00.12 form at the moment.

But this is definitely not a top-tier tussle by any means and Mo should prevail with ease having beaten Kiptoo comprehensively in Monaco recenthly, more so of a Mo vs the clock  affair and his devastating form suggests that he should surge inside 7:30 anytime now. Therefore, I can’t really see how Moorcroft’s mark could possibly survive a potential onslaught by Mo today. On the other hand, Mohammed Mourhit‘s European record of 7:26.62 may prove a tough nut to break but nothing could be ruled out.

Women’s 4x100m

I don’t know what the line-ups of the US’s Stars & Stripes or Jamaica are going to be but there are several top sprinters from both countries down for the sprints to pick from, so that could make a very interesting race ahead of Daegue where gold is expected to be decided mainly between the two sides. Britain are competiting through two different quartets but Jeanette Kwakye and Laura Turner have already ruled themselves out.

Men’s 100m

As fortune would have it, neither Tyson Gay nor Asafa Powell, who withdrew due to a groin injury a few hours ago, are going to make the starting line of the men’s dash dealing the finishing blow to what was supposed to shape the climax and the highlight of the meeting a few months ago. Therefore, spectators and viewers will ‘have to do’ with a less glamorous affair between Nesta Carter (JAM), Yohan Blake (JAM), Mike Rodgers (USA), Daniel Bailey (ANT) and Richard Thompson (TRI) that could make for a tight enthralling sprint tussle nevertheless, surprisingly most of them in a packed second semi earlier on.

Which, in turn, is going to make the task of Marlon Devonish and Mark Lewis-Francies, in an effective run-off for the third remaining dash spot in the British team, particularly tough to make it through to the final later on, more likely the better of them as a fastest loser. Ricky Fifton is a late addition to this one.

By contrast, Harry Aikines-Ayreety has got a far better chance in the first semi, mainly against Blake, Trell Kimmons (USA) and an inconsistent Keston Bledman (TRI), as Dwain Chambers‘s exile continues due to a substantially groundless and senseless now policy upheld by the organisers. Craig Pickering also goes in this one out in lane eight.

Men’s 110m hurdles

This is building up very much as a dress rehearsal, minus former Olympic champion Liu Xiang (CHN), to what looks now like the ultimate showdown of the World Championships in Daegu as David Oliver and Dayron Robles engage in an anticipated fiercesome and breathtaking decisive encounter over the sticks, where gaining a pcychological edge and boost may be worth well more than prize money at the far end of it. Nevertheless, there is a menacing new force that emerges large on the global scene in the shape of new American star Jason Richardson, who stunned Oliver in Monaco and will fancy his chances of running away with the spoils.

Andy Turner will be looking to close the gap further on them, hopefully dipping into the 13.1 secs, while Lawrence Clarke, William Sharman and Gianni Frankis will be fighting it out for the remaining two places on the British team.

Men’s 400m

Martyn Rooney goes into this one looking to land the A qualifying standard that will fully ensure him of a berth to Daegu and will have to do it the hard way as he has been handed the outside lane, meaning running blind with a strong field inside him even if neither Lashawn Merritt or Jeremy Warriner, who will miss the rest of the season, will be among them. Germaine Gonzales (JAM), great hurdler Angelo Taylor (USA), Christopher Brown (BAH) and prodigy Kirani James (GRN) are expected to set up a thrilling race in the 44 secs region, with in very good form European champion Kevin Borlee also involved.

Women’s 800m

This is effectively the UK Trials race even if nearly a week late save Jenny Meadows who is the only to have secured her place and will be solely focussed on gaining a valuable win over the likes of in-form Kenia Sinclair (JAM),  Irina Maracheva (RUS) and Molly Beckwith (USA), as well as a fast time heading to Daegu. Tara Bird will be pacemaking this one and anyone among Emma Jackson, Marilyn Okoro, returning Jemma Simpson and Lindsay Sharp that finishes inside 1:59.80 and in an incorporated top domestic three will be guaranteed a place.  Otherwise, it will boil down to the ‘shootout’ of B standards.

Men’s 5000m

Just before his ‘best half ‘ makes or breaks in the women’s 800m, Chris Thompson will be venturing on a similar mission to claim the A qualifying standard in a late-inserted race over the distance, where the presence of Kenyan Titus Kipjumba Mbishei and Aussie Craig Mottrah will ensure of a good sustained pace. Andy Vernon may still hold hopes of sneaking under the B standard.

Men’s Long Jump

Reigning world champion Dwight Phillips has withdrawn but there is still a stern test awaiting Chris Tomlinson and Greg Rutherford, both having enjoyed excellent seasons so far, as they will be squaring off with in-hot-form Mitchell Watt (AUS), Olympic champion Irving Saladino (PAN) and Gontsho Mokoena (RSA) in an anticipated pulsating encounter. The recent British record of 8.35m from Tomlinson could go either way where new UK champion Julian Reid is also in looking for a late B standard.

Men’s 800m

This could turn a cracker in so many aspects as last year’s top global athlete David Rudisha clashes with Abubaker Kaki, who has been ranging well beyond his regular distance boundaries lately and it will be interesting to see the effects. American Nick Symmonds and Kenyan Boaz Lalang are two more individuals to watch out for and in good form while I sense that Andie Osagie is poised to take his game into new territories running off such high quality rivals. Muchtar Mohammed will be looking to follow up on his breakthrough 1:45.90 win in Sweden midweek and make it a full quota of athletes for Britain in the event while Welshman Gareth Warburton gets a chance to improve on his own SB substantially.

Women’s 200m

Britain’s teenage sensation Jodie Williams makes her Diamond League debut, has got a great lane in three and will be looking to make the most of some high qualify opposition involving US champion Shalonda Solomon to tear inside Kathy Smallwood-Cook‘s long-standing U20 record of 22.70 since 1979 – always weather-permitting. The American should be a hot favourite to clinch the race.

Women’s Pole Vault

I’ve got a sneaky feeling that sensational Holly Bleasdale could stage a major upset here in a contest that is very much a dress rehearsal of the World Championships in Daegu save Yelena Isinbayeva. and Anna Rogowska (POL). She’s fresh from a huge UK record of 4.70m and a European U23 title, so on a momentum right now, but what has intrigued me is that she cleared that very height at a warm-up attempt in Ostrava to hint that there is a lot more in the tank for her.

Kate Dennison will be also eyeing to improve on her recent PB of 4.61m as she has turned a page into her career while Jenn Suhr (USA), Fabianna Murer (BRA), Martina Struntz (GER), Svetlana Feofanova (RUS) and Nikol Kyriakopouloy (GRE) will be among a top tier field.

Women’s 400m hurdles

Perri Shakes-Drayton looks rampant on the back of a flat/hurdles 400m double at the UK Trials and will be brimming with confidence and form heading into a high level clash with Zuzana Hejnova (CZE), Kaliese Spencer (JAM) and Olympic champion Melaine Walker (JAM), with a sub 54 time beckoning at the finish line. Eilish Child, facing the tough outside lane, is on the verge of a breakthrough inside 55 secs and hopefully she will be on the other side of it shortly today.

Women’s Javelin

Barbora Spotakova (CZE) locks horns with Christina Obergfoll (GER) once again as both will be aiming in the high 60s while Goldie Sayers will hope to return to the mid 60m region and hopefully pick off one of the two, which will be a sound confidence booster.

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I wonder whether Mo Farah sweated his vest in that strolling 14:00.72 round the ‘park’ at the Brum, felt more like a Bolt-esque parade on the track but in competitive conditions. The man is really being adored in the wake of his amazing string of wins on the circuit and he deserves it all!

Andy Vernon got second in 14:01.72 but there was another missed chance of chasing a B standard and the ship looks like sailing away… Also, just 12 men started the race… Why such a low number of entries?

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Christian Malcolm conquers yet another British title over 200m edging past in the second half of the race to a 20.86 secs into a -1.6m/sec headwind. Anyway, don’t read anything into that, the man is back to his very best and capable of drawing down to at least the low 20 secs.

Christian Malcolm just misses out on gold in Barcelona, can he improve on that form this season?

James Ellington holds on to a priceless second place in 20.91 secs to also reserve his place on the plane to Daegu while Luke Fagan gets a rather surprising third from the outside in 21 secs dead.

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Jenny Meadows has won her first ever – yes, that’s definitely some news! – UK title by turning on a searing sub 59 secs second lap to draw away from a quality field in an eventual 2:02.48 over 800m at the Brum, with Emma Jackson surging past a scrambling Marilyn Okoro into second in 2:02.48 to 2:03.55 and boost her chances of selection.

Yet, both places behind Meadows are up for grabs and it looks destined to go the very end with Jemma Simpson also coming into the fray at Crystal Palace on Sunday. Should be some tussle!

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Martyn Rooney takes pole position in the battle for qualification as he comes through strong in the second half of the race to convincingly win in a big SB of 45.45 secs ahead of a resurgent Chris Clarke who picks up where he left off in the semis to grab the runner-up spot in a SB of 45.61 secs, also a second B. Given the conditions, I’m confident that both can run inside the required 45.25 secs that shapes the A benchmark for selection.

Martyn Rooney comes through in the late stages to claim the 400m title

Dai Greene surges through for third in a big PB of 45.82 secs to pip Richard Strachan to the line, the latter setting 45.85 secs, as Luke Lennon-Ford came fifth in 46.02 and Richard Buck sixth in 46.10 – Rob Tobin did not finish, hope there’s nothing wrong with him there.

Nice to see Michael Bingham and Nigel Levine picking themselves up after yesterday’s disappointments of missing out on the big final to fight it ought down the home straight and finished tied in 45.91 secs, the European silver medalist getting the photofinish verdict. He’s got still a week on his hands and a lot can happen still.

In third place, decathlete Daniel Awde shattered his PB into 46.04 secs, which must be the fastest ever set by a Brit multi-eventer in history, even better than Dean Macey‘s 46.21 secs in Edmonton in 2001.

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Goldie Sayers wins that javelin final hands down at 60.57m to formally seal her place but Laura Whittingham didn’t eventually show up. Hopefully, she can get that much needed second B standard and join Goldie on the trip there.

There was another knife-edge duel that went all the way to the wire in the men’s 110m hurdles but surprisingly favourite William Sharman wasn’t involved in it and now could face an anxious time until he can finally secure his place on the British team.

Lawrence Clarke equaled his two-hour old PB of 13.58 (-0.8m/sec), a second B for Daegu, to nick victory by a mere hundredth ahead of a very strong Gianni Frankis, who also gets a second B standard in 13.59 secs. The qualification race is well on in this one!

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Anyika Onuora comes closer to add a slot in the 200m to her already earned 100m place as she wins the women’s 200m in 23.26 secs into a -0.8m/sec headwind, with Abi Oyepitan a distant second in 23.57 and Margaret Adeoye in 23.59. Following such a heat, that was a let-down from Oyepitan…

Two time Olympic finalist Larry Achike got off to a promising opener of a SB at 16.83m (0.6m/sec), a mere 2cm shy of the B standard, but after a foul at the second attempt he called it quits – hope he didn’t get any injury or something… New UK long jump champion Justin Reid was second on 16.53m (0.2m/sec).

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Perri Shakes-Drayton reigns supreme at the Brum as she wraps up a historic 400m flat/hurdles double in 55.52 through a strong finish in the late stages, comfortably holding off Eilidh Child who comes runner-up in 56.48 and Meghan Beesley third in 57.52 secs. I feel that Perri has definitely to be named as the performer of these UK Trials!

Holly Bleasdale keeps sweeping all before her as she comfortably won the UK senior title over 4.56m before failing three times at a would-be new UK record of 4.71m. Kate Dennison, as expected, was a firm second at 4.40m.

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James Shane has destroyed the field, involving former Dream Mile Winner Andy Baddeley, in the men’s 1500m to run away with victory in a huge PB of 3:36.22, a B standard for Daegu and close to the A. Hopefully, he can find a fast race abroad as he looks definitely in around 3:33-34 shape and nail his place rather than leave it until the last moment in the Emsley Car Mile at Crystal Palace.

A deflated Baddeley comes a distant second in 3:39.44 and Nick McCormick is third in 3:41.66. James Brewer couldn’t cope with two straight races to come last in 3:50.68 but hopefully he will gain his strength and full form fast down the rest of the season.

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Tom Parsons has won a very competitive and tightest good quality high jump on countdown from European bronze medalist Martyn Bernard and Rob Grabarz at 2.28m, a B standard for all. Parsons has got an A of 2.31m from indoors but the other two need to grab a second one in the remaining week up to the Diamond League meeting at Crystal Palace.

Samson Oni suffered a poor outing as he could not manage higher than 2.16m and there was a first appearance for Olympic silver medalist Germaine Mason, just over 2.12m, who looks to have a long way to go until he recovers his full form – but it’s great to see him back in the arena. Another familiar figure from the long past down there was former European U23 champion Ben Challenger who cleared a SB of 2.12m.

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Zac Seddon, who was fifth over 2000m SC at the World Youth Champs in Lille, has delivered a superb performance in the men’s 3000m final over the barriers as he came sixth in a massive PB of 8:54.96 to underline his great promise for the future. His previous mark stood at ‘just’ 9:23.60 before this race! If I’m not mistaken, that has to be the fastest ever by an U18 in Britain!

Luke Gunn was a convincing winner in a SB and UK-leading 8:40.19, U23 James Wilkinson – the European U20 silver medalist in 2009 – was second in a substantial PB of 8:42.86, Mark Draper returned over the barriers with a PB of 8:42.89, Jon Taylor was  fourth in also a PB of 8:48.57 and Tom Doe fifth in a PB of 8:51.92… Now they’ve got to find themselves some faster races and a brace of B standards within a week, not an easy task at all…

Lennie Waite was the women’s winner earlier on in 10:03.18..

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There are three men over 2.28m in the men’s high jump led by Tom Parsons, with Martyn Bernard (SB) and Rob Grabarz (equal PB) following through, so it is winding up into a thriller!

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Shara Proctor has earned her first UK title with a 6.65m (0.3m/sec) leap in the fifth round as Lorraine Ugen grabbed a PB of 6.54m (0.7m/sec) for second, Jessica Ennis was third with a SB of 6.44m and Amy Harris puts up a decent display at a SB of 6.42m (0.3m/sec) – some glimmers of hope on the horizon for a full revival of the event!

Phillips Idowu said earlier on that he has had a tough week of training so opted to sit out the Trials and get the weekend off.

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Some glimmers of hope for a rise in the standard of the women’s long jump as behind hot favourite Shara Proctor, who’s leading comfortably with 6.65m, 19-year-old Lorraine Ugen has apparently set a new lifetime best of 6.54m that will make up to a degree for a disappointing display at the European U23 Champs.

Jessica Ennis has equalled her PB of 6.44m despite employing a new shorter experimental run-up, so her five-stage weekend simulation of a heptathlon is coming off with flying colours, and Amy Harris is putting up a decent outing at 6.40m at the moment.

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World and European champion Phillips Idowu won’t be competing in the men’s triple jump final later on – don’t think it’s anything worrying, he didn’t need to anyway. I don’t know, though, whether that has got to do with his ongoing rift with Charles van Commennee

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Abi Oyepitan looks to get it together when it matters as she goes through to the women’s 200m final the most impressive in 23.38 secs into a -1.0m/sec headwind from the last heat. Margaret Adeoye and Joice Maduaka qualify from the second heat in 23.77 and 23.88 secs into a -2.6m/sec wind, and Anyika Onuora the first in 23.84 from Hayley Jones in 23.92 secs in the first (-2.3m/sec).

The big shock of the preliminary round of the men’s 200m is the elimination of Marlon Devonish especially after gaining a sound foothold in qualification over 100m coming third in 10.14 secs yesterday. He finishes second to Richard Kilty in 21.12 secs (-1.2m/sec) in the opening heat and can’t make it through as a fastest loser. Hopefully, there’s no case of an injury or something.

Christian Malcolm coasts through in style in 21.01 into a -1.4m/sec in the following heat ahead of Danny Talbot, who still makes it as a fastest loser in 21..08 secs, James Ellington catches the eye in 20.85 secs (0.2m/sec) to win the third from Luke Fagan (20.94), also making a fastest loser, Harry Aikines-Ayreety gets the fourth in 21.27 secs (-0.7m/sec) and Commonwealth champion Leon Baptiste the fifth in 21.01 secs (-0.1m/sec) ahead of Ricky Fifton, last fastest loser in 21.10 secs.

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The upset has been completed in the men’s discus as Abdul Buhari walks out a proud new UK champion with that 63.32m to book his place on the team to Daegu, as does ‘old dog’ Carl Myerscough holds on to the second effective qualifying place with that 61.63m.

That causes serious headache for the selectors who will have to pick between Welsh record holder Brett Morse, who came a narrow third at 61.57m, and new European U23 champion and No4 in the world rankings Lawrence Okoye who couldn’t get higher than fifth with just 58.67m – it seems it could all go to the wire!

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Lawrence Clarke eases through as fastest qualifier into the final in a PB of 13.58 secs (-0.7m/sec) in the third and final heat that also serves as a second B qualifier for Daegu – he’s very close to taking that trip now.

William Sharman gets the second in 13.88 secs into a -0.6m/sec headwind and Gianni Frankis the opening in 13.78 secs into a -1.1m/sec wind, with Julian Adeniran and Andy Pozzi following tied in 13.98 secs – a PB for the youngster who goes through as a fastest loser.

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Brett Morse moves second with 61.57m but Abdul Buhari responds with a big lead of 63.32m and gets a solid foothold at the top of the discus final – could he upset the two big names?

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Carl Myerscough may have gone with the fourth furthest mark of 65.04m into that much anticipated discus final but he is a man who knows well his way round the ropes and carves out an early lead of 61.63m in his first effort. The big boys, Brett Morse and European U23 champion Lawrence Okoye, are quite low at the moment below 60m and Abdul Buhari is up in second with 60.57m.

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Tom Bosworth has got the third and final day of the UK Trials to a rolling start as he sets a new British record of 19:27.87 over 5km of race walking, obliterating his PB of 20:17.6 set earlier this month, at the Brum in Birmingham. It will be interesting to see how he translates that into the 20km where he holds a PB of 1:27:18 set in Dublin last month.

Commonwealth champion Jo Jackson follows on shortly to clinch the women’s title in a SB of 21:42.32 over the same distance.