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Lawrence Okoye and Shara Proctor staged spirited late comebacks to come away impressive winners in the discus and the long jump respectively at the Hanzekovic Memorial in Zagreb, applying a gloss finish to the close of their summer campaigns.

Both athletes seem to be treading on parallel trails in recent weeks as they made their respective finals in style but could not quite follow through to slip outside the top eight places in London so maybe it shouldn’t come as casual they earned their spurs on an identical pattern.

Okoye was enjoying a solid outing lying in third place on a second-round 64.51m, Dutchman Erik Cadee narrowly leading from Piotr Malachowski (POL) through a 65.67m in his fifth, but hardly anything in the build-up had suggested what was about to come as the giant 20-year-old Brit stepped into the ring for a final time.

This time round his throwing came all together to let fly the implement way beyond to a powerful 67.25m, his third farthest mark ever, and stun his rivals at the death as they were barely left with any chance or time to respond in a manner reminiscent of Manchester United’s renowned late winners.

A ‘continent’ best and meeting record on his part, the Croydon thrower marked a return to winning ways for the first time since July and he will be brimming with confidence heading to his last major fixture in Brussels, the formal curtain drawer of the Diamond League series and the Olympic season.

Cadee, closing out the competition with only 63.43m, had to do with second in the end and Malachowski remained third on a fourth-attempt 65.64m while Indian Vikas Gowda came fourth at 64.06 further behind.

Likewise, UK record holder Proctor was stranded down in the 6.50m region and fourth place up to her fifth attempt, a best of 6.58 (-0.2) in round four, as the main action was played out between Natassia Mironchik-Ivanova and season find Chelsea Hayes (USA) at 6.68 (-0.3) and 6.64 (0.0) up front in the long jump pit.

Yet, the Briton somehow drew inspiration to grind out a last-ditch 6.79 (0.3), a meeting record at that, and steal an unlikely victory out of the hands of a shell-shocked Belarusian, who could reach no further than 6.49 in her last effort, to bow out of the term on a winning note and smile – as ever, nothing is over until is over!

Funmi Jimoh was fourth at 6.59 and a very quiet Darya Klishina, a major absentee from London, faltered well below in sixth at just 6.39m.

Martyn Rooney had added a third British win in between in the men’s 400m as he controlled the race through in lane five and never left the final outcome in doubt. Building up nicely round the top bend, he carved out plenty of distance on the field to ease down the home straight to 45.78 secs on top with 1:42 800m man Duane Solomon back in third in a decent 46.39 secs.

Jeneba Tarmoh, a member of the world record-breaking US sprint relay in the Olympics, put up some decent fight over the first 60m or thereabouts but world champion Carmelita Jeter had too much in the final third of the women’s 100m to draw away to a clear victory in 11.06 to 11.30 secs into a slight headwind (-0.6).

Anyika Onuora just managed to dodge last spot by a hundredth of a second from Hayes, before taking up her long jump duties, in 11.59 but fared much better over the 200m to take fourth in 23.17 as sprint superstar Allyson Felix dominated with ease in a professional 22.35 (-0.2), another meeting landmark in the process.

Aileen Bailey and Charonda Williams battled stride for stride down the home straight and it was the Jamaican to sneak the runner-up spot in 22.95 to 22.96 on the line.

In the men’s dash, Ryan Bailey returned to winning ways as he weathered evergreen Kim Collins’s trademark blast as far as around 70m fabulously to power through to a convincing victory in 10.02 secs against the former world champion’s 10.14 at the end, while Mario Forsythe got third in 10.25 ahead of Darvis Patton and Michael Frater who were tied in 10.31.

Nickel Ashmeade, sadly, pulled up around 60m into the race apparently due to a hamstring injury and that could signify a slightly early end to a sound season of his.

Jason Richardson didn’t get off to the best of starts but his neat hurdling saw him swiftly restore order to storm through to a commanding 13.08 secs (-0.4) and well ahead of US record holder David Oliver in the 110m hurdles, the latter leaving a trail of disaster in his wake as he clattered no less than six hurdles with his trail leg on the way – and still managed a very respectable 13.22 secs!

The Olympic silver medallist, as well as the reigning world champion, has been enjoying a fabulous season, having posted 12.98 secs three times, save that he cannot find a way past an imperious Aries Merritt who looks invincible these days.

South African Lehann Fourie was third marginally off his PB in 13.28 followed by Ryan Wilson in fourth in 13.43, Jeff Porter and Beijing silver medallist David Payne tied in 13.55 secs.

Kellie Wells was first out of the blocks but slipped over hurdle two never to recover thereon, Kristi Castlin enduring a nightmare of a race in the adjacent right lane, which opened the way to the in-late-form duo of Ginnie Crawford and Queen Harrison to notch up the top two slots in 12.68 and 12.74 respectively in the women’s equivalent of the 100m hurdles, with Canadian Priscilla Lopez-Schliep third in 12.86 secs.

Reese Hoffa has taken the bit between his teeth since his defeat in London to dominate over double Olympic champion Thomasz Majewski (POL) nonchalantly once more as he pounded the 21m region of the sector relentlessly through the six rounds of the shot put; 21.34. 21.76, 21.56, 21.80, x and 21.70m to tell the tale as any of his valid five efforts would have claimed the spoils comfortably.

“What if” must be turning through the American’s mind, unbeaten since the Olympics, as the Pole could not mount any sort of response at any point to come a distant second over a metre down at 20.70 with world indoor champion Ryan Whiting in third at 20.52m.

Local heroine Sandra Perkovic had no trouble whatsoever to boss the women’s discus on a second-attempt 65.79m, plus two more throws in that province, while in-late-peak Jamaican Rosemarie Whyte was a runaway winner over the women’s quarter-mile in a meeting record and SB of 50.08 secs.

Denisa Rosolova was second in 52.07 and Marilyn Okoro came through strongly in the late stages to grab third in 52.67 secs in another solid performance.

Elsewhere, Olympic champion Taoufik Makhloufi comfortably put away a quality men’s 1500m in 3:32.58 with a familiar surge over the last 300m, Jairus Birech saw off Abel Mutai in 8:11.80 (MR) to 8:12.47 over the men’s ‘chase and Maggie Vessey shadowed the women’s 800m in 1:59.61 although her let-up at the end almost cost her the win to fast-finishing compatriot Brenda Martinez, who shattered her PB into 1:59.63.

Full Results

http://www.zagreb-meeting.com/en/results/

Costas Goulas

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A mere day after the AVIVA Grand Prix, Robbie Grabarz, Nicola Sanders and Marilyn Okoro turned up again in the arena of the NIA in Birmingham on different purposes off the back of mixed results but all left with mission accomplished and at least a big grin on their face.

Grabarz in particular barely showed any signs of easing off his searing tempo into the season, having attempted a daunting would-be UK record of 2.39m on Saturday, as he climbed over a sound 2.30m in the high jump to display impressive consistency in this new-found territory in the top tiers of the event.

That was his third outing in that region this term as he is ever growing in confidence and looks well capable of something around the 2.35-2.36m, emerging as a genuine medal contender in Istanbul.

In the women’s contest, UK Trials find Emma Perkins cleared 1.85m, her second highest ever, to convincingly beat promising U23 Isobel Pooley, who had to do with 1.80m on the day.

Along similar lines with the AVIVA Grand Prix, the 400m races turned in a flurry of fast times in both women and men highlighted by a huge SB and world indoor qualifier of 52.48 secs by Nicola Sanders, who is slowly but steadily showing glimpses of her form of old.

Employing a short racing stint as a gauge of her build-up, she recovered quickly from another trip through a rough lactic patch in 53.21 secs the previous day as her body showed to have build in a sounder insulation and better adapted to knock well over half a second off her marker.

It is going to be intriguing to see who gets the selectors nod for the second spot in the 400m behind Shana Cox in Istanbul and whether she will be interested to at least boost a competitive shaping up long relay, considerably faster than Nadine Okyere(53.01) now but two down in their encounters.

Marilyn Okoro is never short on speed and offered a good account of herself in a swift 53.33 secs a place behind, rounding nicely into form, while Laura Langowski made a big leap into uncharted territories in a large PB of 53.54 secs, her first trip under 54 secs in any surroundings.

Emily Diamond, apparently moving up  distance, followed through on the latter’s heels into the same quarters in 53.67 secs, first time inside 54 secs too, as did also U23 Micah Nottingham in 53.85 secs in clinching the other heat ahead of Shelayna Oskan-Clarke (54.48).

James Forman finishes like a train from way behind to a massive PB of 46.74 secs

On the men’s side, a total screamer arrived in the guise of U23 James Forman who destroyed his total PB in a world indoor qualifier of 46.74 secs that could sneak him a late relay place, with Luke Smallwood runner-up in a huge PB of 46.98 secs.

That amounts to seven Britons under 47 secs already this winter which augurs well for the prospects of the event in summer.

Nathan Woodward, the European 400m hurdles silver medallist, embarked on a virtual time trial over a rare 800m to set an encouraging 1:51.20 (PB) while Luke Cutts comfortably got the better of Max Eaves in the pole vault, setting 5.40m to 5.20m respectively.

Manchester Open, Sportcity

Hayley Jones showed vivid signs of a timely return to form in view of London this summer as she toured round the track of the Sportcity in 23.96 secs over 200m, a best ever under a roof.

That was sufficient to carry the former European U23 champion up to third in the UK lists this term teed up by her second fastest ever dash of 7.38 secs in the 60m earlier on.

Overseas…

Dwain Chambers endured a rather uncharacteristic off-day as he came off a well-beaten third in the men’s 60m in Ghent (International Flanders Athletic Meeting) but even more baffling was a slowish 6.70 secs on the back of a trademark ‘deposit’ of 6.64 secs in the heats, fastest of the qualifiers.

Cuban Yunier Perez, a former 400m runner, was a surprise thorough winner in a fast PB of 6.55 secs ahead of Norwegian Jaysuma Saidy Ndure, who posted 6.64 secs (SB) in second place.

The other quality display of the day came from world U20 finalist Pavel Maslak (CZE) who broke ground to a total PB of 46.14 secs over 400m, third fastest in Europe and a national indoor record. Irishman Brian Gregan took the other heat in an indoor best of 46.66 secs.

Tiffany Porter opted for some low profile action as well, apparently inserting some valuable mid-season training to sustain her campaign, to easily notch a spint/hurdle double over 60m in 7.51 and 8.03 secs respectively at the Silverston Invitational in Ann Arbor, Michigan, looking ever consistent.

Interestingly, she faced both times younger sister Cindy Offili who set 7.75 and 8.76 secs in the above mentioned races.

At the Armory in New York, hosting the MAAC Championships, Mitch Goose stretched his fabulous break-ground form into the legendary sub 4 zone as he pursued a solo 3:59.26 to win the men’s mile by over a dozen seconds.

His previous best stood at only 4:09.4 from 2008, the previous leap year that is, to take the number of Britons inside that territory up to nine.

Kenyan Leonard Korir was another notable winner of the meet in a SB of 7:51.83 over 3000m, just outside his year-old PB of 7:51.40 in Boston.

After a relatively slow start on Saturday, Jessica Ennis, Dwain Chambers, Holly Bleasdale and a searing Joe Thomas injected plenty of pace and quality for the UK Trials to finish full of running at the end of the second day, moulding a strong core to the British team for Istanbul that will be added to around after the Grand Prix in Birmingham.

Ennis enjoyed a superb three-stage weekend to send a strong message to Tatyana Chernova as concerns her menacing intentions ahead of their showdown in the pentathlon in the Turkish capital, even if she eventually skipped the long jump late – interestingly, the only event that the Russian holds an advantage out of the five.

Ennis sweeps over the hurdles to an equal PB of 7.95 secs

She didn’t have things all her own way, though, as she found herself in a tight corner from a very unexpected source in the high jump when an inspired Emma Perkins cleared a total PB of 1.89m first time, her third of the day improving from 1.83m, but displayed once again her vast wealth of mental resources to dig deep and go clear at the death to remain alive.

In a Mancherster United-esque manner, she completed the turnround next time out on the runway to climb over a UK-leading 1.91m, snatching the win, and return to a territory that could prove crucial in the battle for gold in the arena of London in summer.

But the emergence of Perkins, along with 19-year-old Isobel Pooley who couldn’t match the heights of the previous weekend (1.88), means that things are starting stirring again in an event that that has been deep in the shadows in recent years – and both are going to have still an extra chance to make the final cut.

Next stop was the shot put ring where Ennis opened up with two SBs of 14.07 and 14.09 on the spin to sustain her pace as Eden Francis comfortably prevailed at a stadium record of 16.72m, not far off her recent PB of 16.92.

Yet, she reserved her best act over the sticks back on the second day as she pulled together two classy races of 7.95 secs apiece in quick succession, equalling her PB as many times, and wrap up a fabulous weekend and her message in style, leaving the arena with a big smile on her face as mission was accomplished in supreme fashion.

Which, in turn, would have topped the European lists in the discipline but for Tiffany Porter‘s 7.93 secs for runner-up at th Milrose Games in New York the previous night to offer a further measure of the brilliance of her performance.

Gemma Bennett could not built on a promising semifinal of 8.19 to scrape second just ahead of fast improving Louise Wood by a mere hundredth, the latter tying her new PB of 8.23 secs set in the semifinals, while Beijing finalist Sarah Claxton didn not show up in the final.

Chambers holds off Robertson to the title in the men’s 60m

Dwain Chambers demonstrated that he still remains the top sprint force in the country as he seared to a swift UK-leading 6.58 secs down the infield straight to retain his title in the 60m, fairly comfortably from a stout and very competitive Andrew Robertson who stepped up his game awesomely in these championships.

Even more importantly, maybe, the reigning world champion executed a superb race as he got off to strong start out of his blocks and made a sweet slick transition from the pick-up into the drive, something he sort of missed for a while, to suggest that he is going to be a force to be reckoned with in Istanbul, with a few aces up his sleeve.

As fortune would have it, the CAS verdict over BOA’s Olympic by-law appeal comes out on the very next day after the end of the world indoor championships and what a bonus that would be if he could regain eligibility to compete in London on top of, hopefully gold, medal.

But for the time being, Chambers refuses to get carried away into anything and keeps on the grindstone so that he is poised to swing into action if the doors open to him.

Runner-up Robertson, the European U23 100m bronze medallist, built on a very consistent upward trend this season to hand Chambers a race for his money and never relinguished his efforts for a moment to cross the line in a big PB of 6.61 secs, eclipsing a 6.64 secs run only earlier on in the semifinals.

He has brought himself into a very good position and is going to come in with as good a shout as anyone at that coveted second spot in an effective run-off in Birmingham this weekend, missing out on the qualifying standard by an agonizing hundredth of a second.

The anticipated renewed clash between Chambers and Simeon Williamson failed to materialize for a second weekend in a row as the latter never recovered from a poor start to crash out of the semifinals, taking some gloss off the final, while Mark Lewis-Francis couldn’t do himself any justice on the back of a fresh slight hamstring injury to finish well down the line.

Harry Aikines-Ayreety didn’t really sparkle but finally worked into the medals in a SB of 6.65 secs ahead of Christian Malcolm who improved substantially through the rounds to a big SB of 6.68 secs, with young Greg Cackett making his first major domestic final in an equal PB of 6.69 secs.

The women’s version seemed to be heading to a mouth-watering showdown between a menacing Asha Philip, off to a 7.33 secs in the heats, and Jeanette Kwakye but was dealt a huge blow when the former got disqualified on a false-start in the semifinals as the two had shown a gear apart from the rest.

From there on, the Beijing dash finalist had little trouble dominating the final from the gun in a SB and UK-leading 7.20 secs to book her place on the British team nonchalantly where not-quite-looking-herself Jodie Williams crept under the qualifying benchmark in a SB of 7.29 secs for silver and Laura Turner got third in 7.31 secs.

Former Olympic 200m finalist Abi Oyepitan endured a disappointing last eight showing to trail behind a distant forth in 7.42 after a promising semifinal in a SB and equal qualifying standard of 7.30 secs, with Louise Bloor and U20 Sophie Papps running big PBs of 7.43 and 7.49 secs at that stage respectively.

It is going to go down to a make or break run-off for very much four girls in Birmingham although Philip ought to run away with that second spot on offer, save a second disaster, on current form.

A peek at the field events featuring Holly Bleasdale, Robbie Grabarz and Shara Proctor among others

Holly Bleasdale has really spoilt houses around Britain in so far as that every time she doesn’t deliver a new UK record there is a slight disappointment creeping around. She did lay down new markers, though, in that she set a new championships and venue landmark of 4.70m at the second attempt to demonstrate that she has settled well into world class territory and tackles such marks with aplomb.

Her subsequent crack at a potential British milestone of 4.89m may have not looked that convincing but it is more about some late technical tweaks bedding in before she clears that barrier and moves further beyond.

In this regard, however, spectators didn’t leave empty-handed as swiftly-rising training partner Katie Byres deputised to sneak over a new UK U20 of 4.37m, adding a centimetre on her own recent previous figure, and by the look of things she could be well on the way to clinch a place on Britain’s Olympic squad in summer.

Katie Byres vaults a new UK U20 record of 4.37m

She went on to attempt much higher at 4.52m later but it wasn’t to be on the day where Welsh record holder Sally Peake rounded out the podium at a decent 4.27m.

The highly anticipated men’s high jump never took off, maybe there being no reason to as they may have opted to save for greater battles looming ahead, and Samson Oni edged out Robbie Grabarz for the British indoor title over a decent 2.26 to 2.23m as both have effectively clinched their places for Istanbul.

But plenty of fireworks were worked out on the track as young Welshman Joe Thomas offered once again a glimpse of what is to come in a sizzling second 400m of 52.49 secs to sneak a fourth indoor best of 1:47.26 on the trot, suggesting that a big time lies in the works and quite possibly deep into the 1:45 territory as things look.

A time that may not take long to arrive as he is lining up in an anticipated fast race at the Grand Prix in Birmingham on Saturday and it is going to be intriguing to see what the clock will read for him, coming up against UK top half-miler last summer Andie Osagie besides.

Scot Guy Learmonth was runner-up a long way behind in 1:49.63 and could nick inside the qualifying marker too followed in third by former UK indoor champion Ed Aston in 1:49.73.

In the women’s edition, Marilyn ‘Maz’ Okoro embarked on a customary cobweb burnout opener through a searing solo 58.21 secs halfway through but the audacious pace caught up with her in the late stages to reduce her time to a final 2:04.01, ahead of Tara Bird (2:05.00, SB) and Charlotte Best (2:05.25, iPB). Next time out ought to be much faster though!

Andy Pozzi kept on pounding out runs in the low 7.6 secs region with astonishing consistency and precision as he saw off Gianni Frankis to a convincing British title, as well as securing his own place on the team, in an equal PB of 7.62 secs, having ranged narrowly shy in 7.63 secs in the heats earlier on.

The latter, however, could have run considerably faster than his 7.72 secs but for a hamstring tear that put paid to his indoor season, whereas Lawrence Clarke fell prey to a false-start to knock plenty of the suspense off the affair, with Julian Adeniran holding on to third in 7.84 secs after running a full tenth faster in the heats (PB).

Nicola Sanders survived by the skin of her teeth as a fastest loser out of the women’s 400m heats as her lack of speedwork, turning up merely to sample her preparations, saw her hit a ‘lactic’ wall down the home straight, slipping from first down to fourth in 55.22 secs in the fourth run.

But she improved substantially to qualify by right through the semis in 53.71 some way behind Shana Cox‘s 52.89 secs and gave an even better account of herself as she edged under the qualifying standard in 53.11 (SB) for third as her rival stamped her authority on the final to comfortably prevail in a UK-leading 52.38 secs, with Nadine Okyere slotting in between in second in an indoor PB of 53.01 secs.

In fact, the last could have grabbed herself an individual place for Turkey next month while it remains to be seen whether Sanders could be interested to contribute in the relay.

Rather than an anticipated pitched battle, the men’s equivalent turned a one-man show as Nigel Levine employed his aggressive front-run tactics to awesome advantage to claim a far easier title than he would have thought in 46.58 secs (SB), sparing plenty of daylight on the field by roughly half a second.

Although the most impressive in the heats, Richard Buck was caught up in a large group fight and found a way round only at the end to edge bronze in a slowish 47.10 behind David Bingham, who snatched second just ahead in 47.07 secs in a rare indoor appearance.

Hannah England confirmed her favourite status in winning convincingly in 9:06.04 (SB) over the women’s 3000m, the main challenge coming surprisingly from second-placed Katrina Wooton (9:06.99, SB) rather than Gemma Steel, while Margaret Adeoye carried her Glasgwegian thunder to stun the EIS by way of a huge PB of 23.36 secs in the 200m, having run an intermediate best of 23.50 in the heats.

There was plenty of interest in the pit as Yamile Aldama came away with top honours at a SB of 14.09m in the triple jump and Shara Proctor leapt to a last ditch indoor best of 6.68m to fall narrowly shy of the British record, co-held by Susan Henshaw and Jo Wise at 6.70m, while JJ Jegede landed at a surprising indoor best of 7.96m – but still quite a long way from the qualifying mark of 8.15m.

Finally, Lewis Moses edged out James Brewer in the late phases of the men’s metric mile in 3:45.58 to 3:45.66, but the latter could still hope of getting the second spot on the British team, while Andy Sutcliffe inflicted a second surprise defeat on Steve Lewis in the pole vault, clearing 5.55 (PB) to 5.45m, in an intriguing situation that unfolds in the event.

Full Results

http://www.uka.org.uk/aviva-series/aviva-uk-trials-and-championships/timetable/

Anticipation and tension is building up sharply as the indoor season picks up to the crunch for the majority of hopefuls to pull on a British vest at the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul in March, with a crucial last nine days up to the selection deadline marked with the UK Trials in Sheffield across the weekend.

Each athlete that tops an event over the next couple of days gains automatic selection provided they have achieved the qualifying standard set by UK Athletics as far as the cut-off, with the rest of the make-up of the team lying with the selectors.

There won’t be any such concerns on the mind of Jessica Ennis, though, as she has taken up the invitation extended by IAAF on the merit of her world ranking, the very holder of the global title in the pentathlon.

Britain’s golden girl is expected to dominate the limelight in an arena that feels like a second home to her as she is down for the high jump, the shot, the 60m hurdles and the long jump to effectively simulate a pentathlon but spread over two days.

So let’s have a look at how events look likely to shape up over the next two days in Sheffield, starting with the ladies.

60m (7.30/11.25 100m)

The women’s dash could have hardly turn any tighter and has got all the makings of a gripping thriller, likely to come down to a blanket finish between even up to five contenders. Apart from sheer speed, strength and composure may come in handy across three gruelling rounds back-to-back on Sunday.

Asha Philip has staged an astonishing comeback to form out of years in the shadows to storm to a UK-leading 7.24 secs at the London Games three weeks ago, looking fluent and powerful again, so is holding a slight edge going into the showdown.

As importantly, she maintained her nerve to cope brilliantly with the pressure of racing U20 sprint sensation Jodie Williams alongside, beating her twice on the same day – not many can boast that around!

Incidentally, she is rumoured to have left Mike McFarlane‘s group since summer although that will hardly have any bearing on the affair.

A silver medallist in Valencia four years ago, Jeanette Kwakye is back to her very best and literally demolished the field in a British runner-up mark of 7.26 secs at the AVIVA International but on the slower track of Kelvin Hall in Glasgow, therefore she should be regarded on an equal footing in the battle for top honours.

Laura Turner set 7.29 secs, her fastest ever leading up to a UK Trials, behind Ivet Lalova (BUL) in France last weekend so seems to be hitting form at the right time, having also tweaked her dynamics, while seasoned campaigner Abi Oyepitan has also returned on top of her game in 7.31 secs showing plenty of consistency into the bargain.

Williams, for her part, has raced sparingly and is lying slightly down on last year at this stage although that could turn round radically as soon as she settles in her blocks for her first round heat. She is a renowned fierce competitor and relishes rising to the occasion so none to take lightly.

Anyika Onuora showed race-rusty in her only showing so far, setting only 7.57 secs, and has got lots of ground to make where the distance may come a little too short for the strength of Margaret Adeoye, more suited to the 200m. Improving Annabelle Lewis and talented U20 Sophie Papps could surprise a few.

200m (non-major championship event)

Adeoye, a shock winner in Glasgow, is playing on her own ground here and stands head and shoulders above anyone else in the field so probably setting her eyes mainly on the clock and a new PB. Louise Bloor is a shade away from the sub 24 secs region and U23 now Jenny Batten could spring a surprise second.

400m (53.25i/51.25)

Nicola Sanders steps on an indoor track on racing terms for the first time since her sensational triumph at the European Indoor Champs in Birmingham 2007 in a UK record of 50.02 secs, fifth fastest all-time, and she will be raring to mark a new chapter to her career and haul back into top form.

She is held to have enjoyed a smooth winter build-up, spending a lengthy spell down in South Africa, which forms a solid platform to her campaign for starters. After all, talent has never been an issue with her, it is all about keeping in one piece.

Perri Shakes-Drayton has pulled out to take some gloss off what looked like a potential highlight of the Trials but Sanders still faces off with a worthy rival in Shana Cox, who has the potential to go places in the event.

However, she looked in deep waters round the tight bends of the Kelvin Hall recently, as though she hadn’t been on an indoor track for ages, so will have to pare down that margin on the curb to give herself a fair chance. Her SB of 53.08 secs in the heats of the Birmingham Games was a good sign in that respect.

Relay places will be up for grabs as well and Nadine Okyere comes in first in the shake-up on a recent indoor best of 53.43 secs behind Vania Stambolova (BUL) in Vienna, plus PBs in the sprints, while a burgeoning Emily Diamond could turn a revelation having smashed her PB into 54.19 secs last weekend.

From there on, Laura Langowski, Emma Pullen, Kirsten McAslan and Shelayna Oskan-Clarke could all dip inside 54 secs, Kim Wall an unknown quantity.

800m (2:03.50i/1:59.50)

Marilyn ‘Maz’ Okoro is the overwhelming favourite to dominate the event and clinch her berth on the British team to Turkey as she has got far too much for anyone else in the field to handle. Rowena Cole, the European U20 silver medallist, Charlotte Best, Tara Bird and Alison Leonard ought to fight it out for the minor top three places.

1500m (4:14.00i or 4:31.00i mile/4:03.50 or 4:22.00 mile)

Not a single name among Britain’s top 10 milers is about to tackle the distance and thus Scot Claire Gibson, along with Laura Kirk, rise as the most likely candidates to lift the title. Qualifying times chances don’t look good in this quarter though.

3000m (8:51.00i/8:38.00 or 15:02.00 5000m)

Having already shown enough to effectively ensure of selection, European Indoor champion Helen Clitheroe is skipping the affair leaving the field open to Hannah England and her lethal finishing kick to prevail.

It’s hard to see how the Daegu 1500m runner-up could possibly lose this race whether it be a slow tactical affair or paced hard from the front as she possesses the required equipment to cope with everything thrown at in the context of it.

Gemma Steel, on the back of a fabulous season on the country, might have an outside chance to shake her as long as she commits herself to a fast pace from the off and can take the race inside 9 minutes, while pacy Stacey Smith ought to come among the medals from the rest.

Interesting figures on show are Emily Pidgeon, Elle Baker, Abbey McGhee, Beth Potter and Katrina Wooton.

60m hurdles (8.10 or 12.95 100mh)

UK record holder Tiffany Porter is missing since racing at the centennial Milrose Games in New York so Jessica Ennis takes pole position to land yet another British title over the hurdles, with an eye on her PB of 7.95 secs. Her first sample of a 8.05 secs on the very same track at the opening leg of the McCain Indoor Challenge firmly points to that way.

Gemma Bennett has solid hopes of edging under the qualifying mark on a SB of 8.16 secs set in Glasgow whereas Beijing finalist Sarah Claxton has failed to build on an encouraging start as yet, with a SB of 8.25 secs.

Consequently, the likes of Louise Wood and U23 Ashley Helshby might fancy their chances of sneaking into the medals on the grounds of PBs of 8.31 and 8.34 secs respectively.

Commonwealth heptathlon champion Louise Hazell will be out in this one as well looking to challenge her own PB of 8.27 secs, slightly over a tenth down this season on 8.38 so far, as is Meghan Beesley over a speed workout on the back of a n indoor best of 53.74 secs over 400m in Birmingham midweek.

High Jump (1.92)

Young Isobel Pooley, fresh from a big PB of 1.88m last weekend in the same arena, is brimming with confidence and could push Ennis towards her PB and equal  UK record of 1.95m, as could herself be spurred on by her great opponent to reach the qualifying standard of 1.92m and book her ticket for Istanbul.  But, at length, there appears that it could be some light at the end of the tunnel in this event on the domestic front.

Interesting to see what Steph Pywell has to offer though she looks some way off her best at the moment.

Pole Vault (4.52)

This is no contest by any stretch of the imagination but more of a Holly Bleasdale vs the bar affair that will turn on the freshness of the new British sensation in athletics following her epic battle with Yelena Isinbayeva in Bydgoszcz, Poland, on Wednesday. A new UK record is always a possibility whenever she turns up in a competition.

Britain’s No2 Kate Dennison will be missing to leave the gap on the opposition even larger but there is a potential separate duel between swiftly rising U20 record holder Katie Byres and Welsh top all-time marker Sally Peake shaping up that could spur either on to new standards.

Also U20 Lucy Bryan is an interesting character for the future in the field and Sally Scott could improve considerably.

Long Jump (6.65)

Shara Proctor has shown very consistent with two indoor bests of 6.59 and 6.60m in as many outings this season so ought to come on top with relative ease, with pressure off her shoulders since she holds a qualifying 6.81m from last summer. Hopefully, she is going to keep up the trend and improve even further towards the 6.70s to boost her chances of a good result in Turkey.

Tony Minichiello says that Jessica Ennis is gearing up to a leap in the discipline and that would be a good occasion to bring it about and shake the confidence of her major rival for gold, Tatyana Chernova.

Abigail Irozuru looks like a safe bet to make up the top three and is on a PB-ing streak lately.

Triple Jump (14.10)

Yamile Aldama could be on the verge of turning her 40 but has still plenty of spring left in her legs to deliver the goods on the big stage, having started the season on a winning note at 14.03m in Glasgow. Two weeks on, she should move up a gear and well capable of landing towards the 14.30-14.40s and announce herself as a potential medallist in Istanbul next month.

Nadia Williams will be out to add to her recent 13.52m in Vienna but if one is looking for a breakthrough then world U20 silver medallist Laura Samuel fits the description, always relishing a championships environment.

Shot Put (17.50)

The spotlight will be on Jessica Ennis, again, eyeing to reach way beyond the 14m mark after a solid opener of 13.95m on this ground about three weeks ago. But spare a few glances on Eden Francis, the European U23 discus champion in 2009, who has made plenty of headway and is lying on the edge of 17m, setting a PB of 16.92m last week – the farthest by a Brit since 2006.

Louise Hazell goes in this one too and U20 Sophie McKinna is a good prospect for the future to follow.

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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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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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.

Picking up where I left off yesterday, I’m moving into the women’s events where the picture looks far clearer and the landscape on this side of the team has shaped up to a large extent save the distances from 400m through to the 1500m, where there is still much at stake and some knife-edge run-offs to decide places.

100m A resurgent Jeanette Kwakye and season’s revelation Anyika Onuora have bagged the two automatic places in the women’s dash while Laura Turner has effectively secured hers in a totally convincing third – unless Montell Douglas, who looks to have done enough to take her place in the short relay, has got different ideas and can spring some major upset at the very end.

Jeanette Kwakye post-race interview

Veteran Joice Maduaka and Asha Philip finished tied slightly behind, the former getting fifth on a photo-finish verdict, and at least one of them should fill one more slot in the relay team. Ashleigh Nelson didn’t look fit and I don’t know what her chances could be in that respect.

200m The only holder of an A standard, U20 sensation Jodie Williams, has long ruled herself out of the reckoning so it comes between those holding B standards to earn what looks like a sole place up for grabs. Out of whom, however, Jessica Ennis will be running the distance only at the end of the first day of the heptathlon in Daegu and World Youth champion Desiree Henry is ineligible due to the very young of her age.

Onuora was a thorough winner at the Trials on Sunday and has gained a tight grip on a place, having set a sound four B standards in the process. By contrast, former Olympic finalist Abi Oyepitan may now need to run inside the A benchmark (23.00) to rule her own fate and doesn’t look near that form at all despite her early season promise. Unless Onuora does it herself and grants her a favour.

Maduaka and season surprise Margaret Adeoye hold a B each but they don’t look like they could turn the tables.


400m
Funnily enough, none of the top two in Birmingham will represent Britain in the event in Daegu on different grounds; Perri Shakes-Drayton will be running over the hurdles and Shana Cox is not eligible before November. However, Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu has virtually clinched her place as she came a clear third and has sneaked under the A standard, setting 51.49 secs in Barcelona the previous week.

Perri Shakes-Drayton in her post-race interview

Scot Lee McConnell has gathered together as many as six B standards, more than any other male or female athlete across events, but would like to finish the business off and will have that chance at Crystal Palace.

Nicola Sanders, on the other hand, still needs an additional B standard and even in that case her fate won’t be entirely in her hands and will most likely hang on McConnell to dip inside the A, a rather awkward situation. Further, she hasn’t got a lane in the women’s 400m at the London GP so she may need to seek a race elsewhere save there is a late B all-British heat lined up.

Kelly Sotherton should be named in the long relay as she came sixth and has got a SB of 52.51 secs as a banker.

800m Jenny Meadows confirmed her undisputed No1 status in the country with a convincing win to register her name in the books of the British team but beyond her a fierce battle royal is building up that involves four runners over potentially two places on offer, provided at least one of them dips under the A standard.

I’m going to give a slender edge to Emma Jackson who has impressed me this season and possesses a fiercesome kick down the home straight, which would stand her in good stead. She writes “sub 2” all over her and it’s been a matter of getting into the right race to commit it on the track and I think the race at Crystal Palace has got all the required ingredients.

Marilyn ‘Maz’ Okoro has shown signs of a return to good form and she will have to strike a good balance between her speed and her tactics as well as shunning any restless urge to pour forward early, while Jemma Simpson will be somewhat of an unknown quantity as she hasn’t raced since the Diamond League meeting in Eugene and has got to do it all in one race. But if she is fully fit then she should edge into a qualifying place.

European U23 bronze medalist Lyndsay Sharp will be the dark horse but her turn of pace over the last hundred can be a headache for everyone.

1500m Hannah England and Lisa Dobriskey were a class apart, as expected, to comfortably claim two automatic spots on the team but Stacey Smith‘s audacious tactics didn’t pay off and she has got to fight it out with returning Charlene Thomas in a tussle with no tomorrow at the Palace.

Charlene’s fitness, however, will be a big question mark as she has been dogged by injury ever since her European Team Champs triumph in Stockholm and has missed plenty of training, therefore Stacey should start as favourite. But if it comes to a more tactical affair with a late burn-up Charlene’s chances should definitely increase as the latter has shown in trouble in such races.

Between the two, it’s Charlene that could do real damage if she arrived fully fit in Daegu but it is fair that she who finishes on top to take the third spot.

5000m Helen Clitheroe has been unlucky with weather conditions in her previous races but she should get a break this once. She has got to definitely grab at least the B standard, lying just four seconds away, and I reckon she’s got a good chance of getting even the A. Therefore, she should make Britain’s sole representative in the event given that Charlotte Purdue has been in effect out of the running.

10000m Britain will not be represented over this distance.

Marathon All three individual athletes named after the London Marathon in April have sadly withdrawn on grounds of injury or lack of fitness, namely Mara Yamauchi, Jo Pavey and Louise Damen. That leaves the British team with Eliz McColgan-coached Alyson Dixon and Susan Partridge who are down only for the team event.

Tiffany Porter post-race interview

100mh Tiffany Offili-Porter formally stamped her passport in style as her place was never in doubt whereas Jessica Ennis, the other A standard holder, will be hurdling only within her heptathlon duties in Daegu.

Gemma Bennett has got a B of 13.08 secs, which would have been double but for a 2.1m/sec tailwind in Crete, and ran 13.19 for third at the Trials on Sunday so she can hold solid hopes that she can make the squad too.

On the other hand, Angie Broadbelt-Blake sees her chances slipping away following a disappointing outing in Birmingham, with a PB of 13.18 secs this season and a marginally windy (2.1m/sec) 13.12 secs in Bedford. But she’s racing at Crystal Palace and could still hope she could turn things round at the end.

Sarah Claxton hasn’t shown anywhere over the last four weeks so her bid looks as good as over.

400mh Perri Shakes-Drayton sealed her place in spectacular manner as she accomplished a superb flat/hurdles 400m double over the weekend and Eilidh Child virtually booked hers as runner-up holding as many as four B standards.

Nonetheless, if the Scot tears round the track inside the A standard at the Palace, which she has shown very capable of, she will also open the door to European U23 bronze medalist Meghan Beesley who fulfils the criteria with two Bs.

Olympic bronze medalist Tasha Danvers has had to skip the current season due to injury concerns.

3000mSC Barbara Parker and Hattie Dean, if she has fully regained her fitness, are certain to be named on the team on their A standards while U23 Eilish McColgan looks very likely to pick up a second B standard at Crystal Palace and make it a full quota of athletes in the event for Britain.

Heptathlon Defending World champion Jessica Ennis goes by right of her title and Commonwealth champion Louise Hazell is certain to be named following her recent PB of 6166pts. I don’t know whether U20 Katarina Johnson-Thompson might plan a late bid as she has got certainly the potential to top 6000pts.

20km RaceWalking Commonwealth champion Jo Jackson has earned her place ever since her 1h31:50 in the streets of London in late May.

HJ Steph Pywell returned with an encouraging 1.88 clearance early last month but hasn’t shown around since, hence the event looks bound to remain out in the wilderness.

PV Rocketing-high new UK record-holder Holly Bleasdale and Kate Dennison have long earned their berths on the team but none else looks anywhere near of filling the remaining vacant spot.

LJ Shara Proctor holds the A standard with a PB of 6.81m and is bound to be named where it may be a tall task for 19-year-old Lorraine Ugen to make 11cm on the B standard, twice at that, following her PB of 6.54m at the weekend. Two-time Olympic top-eight finalist Jade Johnson hasn’t shown at all.

TJ Laura Samuel, the World U20 silver medalist, looks to rediscover her form and fighting insticts and has snatched a late chance to keep whatever hopes alive of pulling a stunner out of her hat in time. Can she do it?

SP The event will stay anonymous as usual in recent times.

DT Jade Nicholls and Eden Francis are going both for broke as they desperately need a second B both to make the trip although the former will have the edge in case both make it – she has got a considerably better SB and PB of 60.76 and has beaten her domestic rival every time out this season.

HT Sophie Hitchon has virtually booked her place having thrown two Bs, doubling as UK records both times, and won bronze at the European U23 Championships.

JT Goldie Sayers has been always a certainty now that she is injury-free again whereas Laura Whittingham needs to grind out a last-gasp B standard to join her on the plane to Korea.