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UK Athletics

The Top (Power of) Ten

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Steph Twell and Emma Pallant
Twell and Pallant - 1500m glory for the GB girls



Each issue we’ll highlight the best performances and the most significant movers and shakers on the Power of 10 rankings with this top ten countdown.


With the Olympic trials, U20/U23 championships, European Cup and World Juniors all falling in the last month for consideration, the top 10 for this month merely scratches the surface of some great performances:




10.) It was so much the time but the outcome! Steph Twell and Emma Pallant (Aldershot Farnham & District) secured World Junior 1500m Gold and bronze respectively with superb performances in Bygoszcz, Poland.


9.) Continuing his devastating form this summer, Philips Idowu (Belgrave Harriers) flew out to the longest triple jump in the World at the Aviva Olympic Trials – his 17.58m and 17.57m leaps far and away the world class performance of the day.


8, 7 and 6.) High Jumpers Tom Parsons (Birchfield Harriers), Martyn Bernard (Wakefield Harriers) and Germaine Mason, have all literally raised their games this last month, all securing 2.30m – the Olympic A qualifiers, with Tom Parsons performing impressively to secure his mark at the Olympic Trials.


5.) Daniel Awde (Woodford Green Essex Ladies) secured Olympic selection with two strong Olympic B standard Decathlon performances in the space of four weeks. The 20 year old training partner of recently retired Dean Macey followed up his 7704 pts win at the England Combined Events championships at the start of June with a further PB of 7751 in Finland at the European Cup of Combined Events on 29 June.


Martyn Rooney
Rooney roaring on - maintaining his form in 2008

4.) Steve Lewis (Newham & Essex Beagles) may have missed out on a new pole vault British Record at the Olympic trials but he is continuing to pepper that 5.70m mark. His 5.71m vault in Bydgoszcz at the start of July confirming his onward progression and matching his Indoor PB to show signs of great things to come.


3.) Jade Johnson (Herne Hill) was one of The NU GB team’s key performers at the European Cup in Annecy last month. She leapt to a lifetime best of 6.81m in the long jump and demonstrated that she is back to her best – helping the women take third in the top division following 4 years of yo-yo relegation-promotion battles.


2.) Martyn Rooney (Croydon) has continued his (near) unbeaten season over 400m with victories at Milan and by taking the national title at the Olympic Trials. His run is so impressive we won’t spoil it by pointing out he was second in his trials semi final  - a mere blip in a great series of races.


1.) Helen Clitheroe (Preston) not only took an impressive National title at the Olympic trials but snatched the UK record off Barbara Parker in the process. Clitheroe, who admitted she has put a lot of work into her water jump, clocked 9.36.38 and ran off with the $2500 prize for doing so.



To see the latest key marks set by athletes in the UK visit www.thepowerof10.info and visit the “On Target” section.