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Following the women’s preview, let’s have a look at what could be in store in the men’s events with the 60m and 400m taking prominent place due to the quality and the strength in depth of the fields.

60m (6.60/10.20 100m)

The renewed clash between Dwain Chambers and Simeon Williamson has effectively been delayed a week, the latter falling into a false-start in Moscow, but has lost none of its appeal or eager anticipation and should be expected as fierce as ever, with no quarters given or taken.

There is more than just an automatic place at stake in this showdown as it is reputation and pride also put on the line by the two sprint heavyweights who will fight it out for the right to the sprint throne of Britain.

Chambers wins the global indoor title in Doha two years ago

A battle that would have been even more tense and tighter had Richard Kilty, who roared to an easy-looking UK-leading 6.61 (PB) last weekend, added his own weight to what could be the showpiece of the championships.

Chambers showed a little tight and heavy-legged but his strength and composure still carried him through to a fast 6.64 secs for runner-up at the Russian Winter in Moscow but he should be expected to move up a gear and very likely into the 6.5s, emerging as a slight favourite to snatch an affair that should go all the way to the line.

Nevertheless, he is building up more with an eye on the summer rather than defending his world title in Istanbul and that would leave him a little vulnerable, athough his main rival is also employing the indoor season as a stepping stone and a platform to the Olympics.

That said, Williamson’s competitive return surpassed expectations, maybe even his very own, in a fastest ever opener of 6.64 secs at the SEAAs and following up even smoother in a 6.65 secs heat in Moscow so he looks back to his best and poised to challenge Chambers into that territory.

Harry Aikines-Ayreety hasn’t shown much yet but he is a force to be reckoned with although explosive starter Andrew Robertson, having improved substantially to a brace of 6.65s (PB) and very consistent, might turn to have an edge to shadow third, or even dare fancy splitting the top two favourites come to that.

An unknown quantity could be Mark Lewis-Francis, maybe risking a little, as he is rather surprisingly lining up after picking up a slight hamstring injury last weekend while young Greg Cackett could be fancied to upset a few names and make his own mark on the domestic scene.

Christian Malcolm is also involved, apparently looking for a gauge of his winter build-up, and along with U20 Adam Gemili and a revamped Leevan Yearwood could edge inside 6.7 secs.

200m (non-major championships event)

Up-and-coming prospect Danny Talbot is brimming with pace and looks poised to roar way inside 21 secs on the strength of the manner he dispenced with the field in Glasgow in 21.17 on the slow turf of Kelvin Hall, coming up as a firm favourite to collect the spoils.

Conrad Williams will be out for some serious speedwork and could drop towards the low 21 secs if his recent PB of 6.80 secs over the shorter dash is anything to go by. As for bronze, best shot looks Linford Christie‘s U23 charge Dannish Walker-Khan (21.51).

400m (46.90i/45.20)

European Indoor bronze medallist Richard Buck shrugged off a scrappy opener at Kelvin Hall to storm back to the top of the UK lists by way of a 46.95 secs in Birmingham last weekend, always thriving in indoor environments, and offers a slender but reliable favourite in what should be a battle royal that could go any way between four or five men.

Nevertheless, Nigel Levine looked sharp and issued a serious warning in landing a total PB of 21.31 secs over 200m at the same meet so poses a serious threat, likely to engage in his trademark aggressive runs from the front. He hasn’t competed over the distance this season but holds a PB of 46.17 secs from last winter.

Hurdler Thomas Phillips struck favourable impressions in a swift winning total PB of 47.08 secs in Seattle recently, even on an oversize track, to suggest a dark horse while the presence of European silver medallist and regular sub 45 man outdoors Michael Bingham adds flair and spice to the affair, off to a 47.61 secs opener last weekend too.

If he has got back on terms with the tight curves of indoor tracks again, he’s going to form a tough proposition to deal with and won’t be easy to beat.

Luke Lennon-Ford hasn’t quite shone so far with a SB of 47.93 secs but the European U23 bronze medallist’s chances shouldn’t be dismissed at any rate while David Riley and James Smallwood will be interesting figures off the back of PBs in 47.53 and 47.67 secs respectively last week.

800m (1:48.00i/1:45.00)

Young Welshman Joe Thomas has been in searing form and turning a revelation on the international stage this season, boasting four wins in as many races, so he should walk away with victory sight unseen – as simple as that!

He holds easily the three fastest times in the British Isles and commands a fiercesome turn of pace that none in the line-up can live with. The issue would be whether he is going to treat the race as a time trial or simply confirm his new-found status in a tactical affair.

Scot Guy Learmonth, into the U23 class now, is effectively in better shape than his SB of 1:49.52 suggests and looks the likeliest to occupy the runner-up spot behind him with former UK indoor champion Ed Aston quite possibly making up the medals.

1500m (3:42.00i or 3:59.00i/3:34.50 or 3:52.00 mile)

Despite a non-finish after being caught up in Mo Farah‘s fall in Boston, James Brewer is firmly back on track and racing well again, he is a shrewd tactician and a strong finisher that will take a good deal to beat no matter what shape the final might take.

Moreover, he has got already the qualifying time in the bag thanks to a 3:57.92 clocking over the mile at the US Open in New York, where he could have even won but for the experience of Andy Baddeley in the dying stages, so he is going to have that concern off his shoulders either and be fully focussed on his task.

Lewis Moses is enjoying the form of his life as reflected in a total PB of 3:41.33 in Vienna recently and could pose questions but maybe a tougher challenge could come from the ‘American’ duo of pacy Scot Kris Gauson and David Bishop, on a sharp upward trend and PBs of 3:59.95 and 4:00.10 in the mile lately. Slightly inconsistent Steve Mitchell could turn a factor into the equation on his day.

3000m (7:52.00i/7:44.00 or 13:19.00 5000m)

There is a quite even field and he who gets his tactics right will go a long way towards claiming top honours, so will it be strength or speed that is going to come on top in this contest?

James Wilkinson has been enjoying a sound winter either on the country, a European U23 silver medallist, or the road, fresh from a best of 13:55 over 5k in Armagh two days ago, and will like to make it a tough race to suit his steeplechase strength rather than leave matters to a late burn-up. On the evidence of his displays, he looks on the way to big improvements over the barriers in summer.

On the other hand, Stephen Davies looks to carry plenty of speed in his legs as his 3:42.39 over 1500m suggests and a slower pace could set him up nicely, while rising distance prospect Jonny Hay could as well be suited either way as he combines both elements well, demostrating a devastating finish past some top names for second in Edinburgh recently.

Jonny Mellor, who also fared well in Armagh, Olympic hopeful Luke Gunn and precocious teenager Zac Seddon are a few other names to watch out for.

60m hurdles (7.65/13.55 110mh)

With Daegu bronze medallist Andy Turner missing the event, the young generation picks up the mantle to pull together a good show over the sticks and they have shown more than equal to the task through the run-up to the UK Trials.

Burgeoning Andy Pozzi has stormed to a massive PB and qualifier of 7.62 secs, amazingly consistent in times in the 7.6 region, to shape a firm favourite to clinch his first British senior title although training partner Lawrence Clarke is lying quite close with also a PB of 7.68 secs and could entertain ambitions of his own, very consistent himself.

Then there is Gianni Frankis who has also made good strides forward to a big PB of 7.70 secs, as well as 6.85 secs over the flat 60m, and may have a say in the procedures while a surprise could arise from the mid 7.7 region where the likes of Julian Adeniran (7.75, PB) and Nick Gayle (7.77, PB) have settled.

Daegu finalist William Sharman and European U20 champion Jack Meredith will be also absent but the event has got more than enough in the tank to work fireworks in the arena of Sheffield.

Pole Vault (5.72)

Steve Lewis has been consistent and put in solid displays on the European pole vault circuit so far but is still missing that elusive qualifying standard and time is running short on him. It is very important that he gets that out of the way before pressure starts heaping up in a tense last week up to the deadline.

That said, he will also have to look over his shoulder as U23 Andrew Sutcliffe is closing in on him dangerously from behind and will fancy his chances of an upset on the buzz of a big PB of 5.54m recently, the youngster having already gone one up into the bargain.

Luke Cutts and Max Eaves haven’t ranged anywhere near their bests so the likes of Joe Ive (5.30), Gregor McLean (5.25) and Nick Crutchley could come in with a shout at the bronze.

High Jump (2.29)

Robbie Grabarz and Samson Oni promise to run away with the senses of spectators on new highs as they have displayed superb form on the circuit to gain a firm foothold in the top tier of the event.

Grabarz soars magnificently over a PB of 2.34 at Woopertal

Grabarz, 24 years of age, soared over a huge PB of 2.34m as he saw off Aleksey Dmitrik (RUS) at Woopertal while Oni equalled his lifetime best of 2.31m for third in a high quality contest in Hustopece, either doubling as an Olympic A qualifier in the process.

Therefore, they have both effectively booked their tickets for Istanbul, Martyn Bernard and Tom Parsons sitting out the indoor term, and can fully concentrate their efforts or raising the bar further with that burden off their shoulders.

This can turn a cracker in the full sense of the word!

Triple Jump (17.00)

With none of the big guns around on various grounds, namely Phillips Idowu, Nathan Douglas and Larry Achike, is it going to be up to someone from well behind to jump at it and snatch a welcome UK indoor gong. U23 Kola Adedoyin , who represented Britain at the new-look European Cup, and representing Jamaica now Nick Thomas come up as the closest bidders to do so, but jumps even over 16m could come at a premium.

Shot Put (20.00)

Scott Rider and Ryan Spencer-Jones appear set to fight it out for the top as a mere cm separates them this term, with SBs of 17.88 and 17.87m respectively, where U23 Zane Duquemin ought to round out the medals on a flurry of indoor bests last weekend.

Carl Myerscough has snatched the qualifying standard with a UK-heading 20.03m first time out this season over in the States but has not made the trip across the Pond.

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Malcolm Arnold’s golden trail

Hurdles ‘guru’ Malcolm Arnold keeps reaping the rewards of a spectacular year that saw him guide Dai Greene to the top of the world, a world champion and the Diamond League series winner, as well as Jack Green to the European U23 title in the 400m hurdles.

He received a lifetime achievement accolade at the UK Coaching awards in London on Monday night, where Andy Flower was named Coach Of The Year, on top of the Elite Athletics Coach equivalent at the UK Athletics awards on Saturday.

Nonetheless, his success has ranged far and wide this season as a number of other athletes under his wing excelled on the international stage.

William Sharman was fifth over 110m hurdles, a second straight global final, and Eilidh Child reached the semifinals of the women’s 400m hurdles in Daegu; young Jack Meredith and Andy Pozzi dominated the ‘high’ hurdles at the European U20 Championships; and Lawrence Clarke won bronze at the European U23 Championships to provide further measure of Arnold’s coaching prowess.

Incidentally, Beijing 400m hurdles bronze medallist Tasha Danvers is also under the tutelage of the great coach based in Bath.

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So let’s take a little trip through some of the best moments of the golden trail he marked over the summer in image and sound.

Dai Greene forges a display of pure British steel to edge out Xavier Culson to the world title in Daegu (48.26 secs)

Jack Green surges off the final hurdle past fellow Brit Nathan Woodward, stumbling bad over the final hurdle, to snatch the European U23 title at the death, setting 49.13 to 49.28 secs

Jack Meredith after winning gold ahead of groupmate Andy Pozzi over 110m hurdles at the European U20 Championships in Tallinn (couldn’t find a video of the final)

Andy Pozzi runs a UK record of 13.29 secs over the junior hurdles (0.99m) in totally still conditions (0.0m/sec)  in Manheimm, Germany

Lawrence Clarke sneaks the UK title just ahead of Gianni Frankis in 13.58 secs into a -0.8m/sec in Birmingham, also adding a European U23 bronze to his credit

As the curtain has gone down and the dust is still settling in the arena of the Alexander stadium following the UK Trials in Birmingham it is time to make to have a close look at and assess how the potential British team to contest the World Championships in Daegu is shaping up, with a week to spare on the qualification deadline.

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100m Dwain Chambers and Harry Aikines-Ayreety have sealed their places on the squad as they occupied the first two places at the Trials while Marlon Devonish has made a strong case to get the nod over the remaining third spot, missing out on an automatic place by a fraction and performing well when it mattered. Further, he looks as though he could go faster still.

Mark Lewis-Francis, disqualified in Saturday’s final, finds himself once again with his back to the wall, a situation he seems to love, and although he has worked miraculous escapes over the last year he will need something really special to pull it off again. He will definitely need to better Devonish in a likely run-off at Crystal Palace and that will probably require to run his fastest since 2002 (10.04 secs) to this effect.

Marlon Devonish may have done enough to claim the third spot in the 100m

Craig Pickering didn’t contest the final, I hope there is nothing wrong with him, but I think he’s done enough to get selected for the short relay – I don’t think he can get into the fray for that third spot though. On the other hand, James Dasaolu is done for the season with injury and Simeon Williamson is a long way from full fitness yet.

200m Christian Malcolm and James Ellington have likewise secured their own places as top two but third place is anyone’s guess following the results of the final at the Brum yesterday, where surprise third-place Luke Fagan hasn’t got a single B standard yet.

There are six more Brits holding A standards this season to pick from though Aikines-Ayreety may withdraw his interest after an injury in the heats and European U23 silver medalist James Alaka didn’t run over the weekend, a rather unexpected turn given his run of 20.60 secs into a -1.4m/sec in that final in Ostrava would recommend him as a strong contender.

Therefore, that probably leaves Leon Baptiste, Devonish, Danny Talbot and Richard Kilty in the frame still. I might go for Devonish again, who’s recently set 20.60 into a -0.9m/sec wind, in case he would like to bid to double up unless Talbot rediscovers that cutting edge he showed early season.

Last, I would keep an eye on a lively again Ricky Fifton, who might stage a dramatic late rally and surprise people.

400m There is still a blurry situation hanging over the event but there have also been encouraging performances over the last couple of days that offer hope that things could work out nicely in the end. Martyn Rooney has gained an effective grip on the qualification battle as he won the Trials in a big SB of 45.45 secs, a third B, in windy conditions so I’m feeling confident he is going to land the A standard at Crystal Palace to wrap his place up on the strength of that display.

Chris Clarke staged an astonishing return to form to get second in 45.61 secs carving out two Bs out of as many races, setting also a 45.65 secs in the heats, on only a month’s training and should come in line for a place if Rooney gets the A, although he might be coming in with a shout for that benchmark himself and take his fate in his own hands at this rate. What a talent!

Things may look bleak for Michael Bingham but he can take heart from his rally to win the B final in a well-improved 45.91 secs and hold still some hopes that he could bring off a dramatic turnround of the situation – a week is enough for much to happen and I wouldn’t write him off! An alternative, he has definitely got to be named in the relay and be named into the individual later if he runs inside 45.25 secs past the deadline.

I regard Richard Strachan has shown enough to be selected in the relay, where Dai Greene could figure as well, and from there on the remaining one or two places will be up for grabs between Nigel Levine, Richard Buck, Luke Lennon-Ford, Andrew Steele and Rob Tobin – he pulled up in the final, though, and seems to have withdrawn from the all-British B race at Crystal Palace.

800m Mike Rimmer needed a solid display to show he is firmly on his way back to form and got that, so I think he has ensured of his place holding an A of 1:45.12, while Andie Osagie ought to get at least that second B to book his place and to me he looks capable of a lot more than thattherefore I should expect both to be on the plane to Korea.

For the rest there is going to be a mountain to climb as none has got a single B yet though that fall in the heats could turn a blessing in disguise for Muchtar Mohammed, who is fresh and will be racing in Sweden tomorrow against a field that could draw him inside the targeted 1:46.30. Whereas the others will need until around Thursday to recover from three races back-to-back, with Joe Thomas and Gareth Warburton the other ones that look within calling distance of such a time on current form.

1500m James Shane, who totally destroyed the field in the final yesterday, needs one more B to qualify but has got to run the A standard on this sort of awesome form and seal his place in my view, even if it comes in a (Emsley Car) mile. Andy Baddeley is the only one that fulfils any criteria at the moment holding a B and being a top eight finalist in Beijing so should scrape in one way or another, where Nick McCormick has got an awful lot to do in the following days to stand a fair chance.

James Brewer has got plenty of ground to make in such a short space, Niall Brooks is still looking for some decent form and Colin McCourt looks totally off colour.

5000m Mo Farah has come out earlier today to clarify that he will be running both long distances in Daegu, contrary to the original misinterpreting report on BBC, as he only meant that he needs to take one event at a time. In particular, seeing off Bernard Lagat in a sprint finish equated to passing his ultimate test, with flying colours at that, and must have made up his mind on the double-up.

Chris Thompson has missed plenty of racing over the last couple of month and has got to go out and grab the A qualifier straight away although at the moment he is entered in the 3000m race at Crystal Palace. But it seems that there is a late 5000m lined up on the schedule so he could eventually switch there.

U23 Tom Farrell has got a B qualifier of 13:26.59 but hasn’t raced since the NCAA Champs and surprisingly requested not to be considered for the European U23 Champs where he would be favourite for gold, so a serious doubt, and Andy Vernon is probably the only other who could grind out a time inside 13:27.

10000m World No1 and unbeaten outdoors over any distance Mo Farah will be the only British entry as Chris Thompson wishes to focus on the 5000m instead this season.

Marathon There will be no individual but only team competitors for Britain in this event, namely Lee Merrien, Andrew Lemoncello, Thomas Abyu, Ben Whitby and Dave Webb.

Lawrence Clarke and Gianni Frankis top two finish in the 110m hurdles could blow the qualification battle open to many eventualities

110mh Andy Turner has long ensured of his own place on the team in effect but William Sharman‘s game could be on the line if either Lawrence Clarke or Gianni Frankis gets the A standard within the next few days. They both beat him convincingly as they fought neck and neck to the line in 13.58 and 13.59 secs, gaining a third and second B standard apiece, and that -0.8m/sec wind in the final suggests that they can make the higher grade.

400mh Jack Green found himself in no-man’s-land when forced to withdraw from the Trials through illness on Friday but late the following day was back in the driving seat for the third remaining place as European silver medalist Rhys Williams failed to place among the top two, getting off to a very poor start that let him terribly down.  On top of that, having got a lane for a third Diamond League appearance to cement his place so everything looks well back on track for the new European U23 champion.

A little clumsy at the end maybe bug Nathan Woodward holds on to his first senior UK title and an automatic place for Daegu

Dai Greene was always the owner of a place and Nathan Woodward secured his by winning the UK Trials so save some dramatic late twist owed to Williams, or lively-looking again Richard Davenport or Rick Yates, these three should be representing Britain in Daegu at the turn of the month.

3000mSC Luke Gunn and Rob Mullett line up at Crystal Palace and hopefully one of them could edge under the B standard of 8:32.00, but would that be enough? U23 James Wilkinson and, maybe, Mark Draper could also hold hope of getting there too.

20 & 50km Race Walking Britain will not be represented in both walking events.

Decathlon Daniel Awde needs 111 pts to reach the B standard of 8000pts and Sunday saw him run a huge PB of 46.04 secs over 400m, the fastest ever by a British decathlete, so will be hopefully having a last-ditch crack at it.

Long Jump Chris Tomlinson and Greg Rutherford are certain to be named on the team next week following a superb season so far but new British champion Julian Reid needs desperately two Bs to qualify, lying an agonizing 2cm short (8.08m). He is jumping at Crystal Palace and hopefully can line up another competition to clinch that third place in dramatic fashion – or could JJ Jegede bounce on his PB of 8.04m on Saturday and complete the turn-up?

Triple Jump Phillips Idowu has clinched his place from the moment he took off the board to that winning jump of 17.73m in Berlin two years ago but Nathan Douglas is missing the entire season through injury.

Two-time Olympic finalist Larry Achike landed a mere 2cm short of the B standard at his very first attempt yesterday but pulled up after a foul in the second – hopefully there is nothing serious with him as I’ve picked up that he was stretchered off. Julian Reid isn’t lying far off the B standard either at 16.77m.

High Jump Tom Parsons won on countback to confirm his berth for Daegu while European bronze medalist Martyn Bernard and Rob Grabarz both rose over a B standard of 2.28m. The latter two need both a second B to be considered but if one of them betters the A on top of that all three could line up in Korea.

Pole Vault Steve Lewis hasn’t really got going this season but has done enough to secure his place. Neither Max Eaves nor Luke Cutts look like they could provide an upset as concerns qualification.

Shot Put On the face of it, none looks capable of landing the 20m mark twice, not even Carl Myerscough who has shifted his focus on the discus this season.

Discus Everything very much turned upside down as Abdul Buhari and Myerscough clinched the two automatic places and it is going to come down to an effective throw-off between new European U23 champion Lawrence Okoye and Brett Morse at Crystal Palace for that coveted third spot.

My view? I would have loved to see both there but if I had to pick one that would be rather Lawrence at the moment. He is technically erratic, but mentally very competitive, and while he could plunge below 60m he could also pull out something in the 66-67m anytime and snatch a medal at the same time. He is very unpredictable but that could go both ways and since there is a ‘banker’ like a very consistent Buhari to make a solid bid for the final I would gamble on him.

Brett is a more rounded and complete article but has yet to prove himself when it matters and needs work in that department. But he will come good eventually. I don’t think he could range lower than 61-62m in Daegu but at the same time I don’t think he could go over 64m – but I hope I’m wrong in that.

Hammer Alex Smith drew closer to the B standard courtesy of his new PB of 73.26m but sounded desperately short of competitions to achieve his aim – hopefully, something will come his way.

Javelin James Campbell doesn’t seem like getting back his early season form that saw him hurl a 80.18m and bound to miss out. On the other hand, could Lee Doran provide a last-gasp double strike and save the day for the event? He improved to 78.63m at the Trials to come within calling distance of the B standard and he should hope.

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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.