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The Top (Power of) Ten

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Phillips Idowu
Starting the summer with a spring in his step. Phillips made our number one slot for June - but who would you choose?



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 possibly one of the best months for British athletes in recent times, E-Inspire had a tough time deciding which ten performances would make their Power of 10 review for June.


The standard was so good in fact that the following athletes receive an E-Inspire honourable mention for excellence with some outstanding performances this past month:


Stuart Stokes 3000mSC 8:23.66; Tom Lancashire 1500m 3:35.33; Philippa Roles Discus 61.44m; Dave Forrester (junior) 1500m 3:41.9; Emily Freeman 200m 22.72; Christine Ohuruogu 200m 22.94 / 400 51.06; Mark Edwards Shot 20.88; Lisa Dobriskey 1500 4:06.25; Susan Scott 1500 4:07.06; Jo Pavey 5000m 15:02.89.


So who were the top ten athletes?


10. Jade Johnson (Herne Hill) is showing that the old magic is still there with a long jump of 6.71 – just 1cm shy of her PB and the Olympic A standard.


9. An impressive start to the season has seen Martin Rooney (Croydon) set a new PB of 45.19 – it is hoped that the Loughborough based youngster will use this as a stepping stone to a sub 45 clocking before the end of the summer.


8. After years spent trying to dip below 2.02, Jennifer Meadows (Wigan) is now breaking the 2 minute barrier for fun. Her recent 1:59.67 made her the first British girl under 2 minutes this summer.


7. Larry Achike with 17.20 set at the end of May and regular sightings in the 17m zone, this marks an incredible return to World Class jumping for the determined triple-man.


MEADOWS Jenny.jpg
Two minute barrier? What Barrier? - Meadows leads the way out of the GB women over 800m

6. Tyrone Edgar (Newham & Essex) will rightly take the 100m slot for this weekend’s European Cup with 10.06 set at the end of May, our number one sprinter so far this summer.


5. As this fledgling event progresses still further amongst British Women it is superb to see Barbara Parker (City of Norwich) become the brand new 3000mSC record holder with 9:37.08 .


4. Not only did she enjoy the rare occasion of a British athlete taking an NCAA title, Hannah England’s (Oxford City) dominance on the US Collegiate 1500m scene has given her an Olympic A standard of 4:06.19.


3. After years of injury wilderness, Samson Oni (Belgrave Harriers) is now enjoying a superb period of high jumping, fulfilling his junior promise and achieving a PB of 2.30 at the recent Inter County Championships.


2. The fantastic win at the Bislett Games Dream Mile will have given Andy Baddeley (Harrow) a lot of confidence in an Olympic year. His 3:49.38 victory was the first for GB in 17 years.


1. Phillips Idowu (Belgrave Harriers) showed the world he had lost none of the momentum from his World Indoor gold medal with a fantastic season opener of 17.55m to rank him as World number one this summer.



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