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Lisa Dobriskey Aviva London Grand Prix

 

06 August 2011

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Report:

World Championship silver medallist Lisa Dobriskey warmed up in style for her Daegu adventure by marching to 1500m victory on the final day of the Aviva London Grand Prix action at Crystal Palace.

Dobriskey showed no ill effects of her back troubles to take an impressive victory, and claim revenge on teammate Hannah England, in south London.

England had, for the second year running, claimed the UK title at the World Trials in Birmingham last week but it was Dobriskey who crossed the line first in Crystal Palace.

Dobriskey kept pace with Russian pacemaker Irina Maracheva early on and, despite a late charge from England, held on to take the win – both athletes ducking under the World Championship A-standard, Dobriskey (4.04.97) and England (4.05.38).

Dobriskey missed out on World Championship gold by 0.01 in Berlin in 2009 and admitted she would take confidence from her Diamond League display to South Korea.

“With the field that was out there today and having a pace maker I felt we had to do something a little bit different and so I’m really excited about how it went,” said Dobriskey.

After Jenny Meadows’ impressive 800m win on Friday night the Girl Power continued on Saturday with Helen Clitheroe (John Nuttall) easily achieving the World Championship qualifying A-standard in the 5000m.

The European Indoor 3000m champion timed her kick to perfection to beat her old personal best by over 20 seconds to end in 15.06.75.

“I like running under pressure and I have come to Crystal Palace a few times with the pressure and I enjoy it,” said Clitheroe.

“It’s a nice feeling to have run the qualifying standard, although I’ll feel better when I speak to Charles van Commenee and he says I am going.”

Lee McConnell (Rodger Harkins) was another of the GB females to propel herself into the individual World Championship reckoning by notching the women’s 400m A-standard.

In a race dominated by defending world champion, American Sanya Richards-Ross – who notched the second fastest time of the season – McConnell sailed under the 51.50 qualifying time with 51.01.

Christine Ohuruogu (Lloyd Cowan) finished eighth in 51.87 but is confident she can use the three weeks between now and the World Championships wisely.

“It’s not ideal, but we’ll keep pushing on,” said Ohuruogu. “Three weeks isn’t a lot of time but it’s enough for me to do what I need to get done.

In the women’s 3000m world leader Milcah Chemos took the win in 9.22.80 but while the Kenyan was unstoppable there was good news for the home fans with Eilish McColgan (Liz McColgan) recording her second World Championship B-standard and a personal best time of 9.44.80, although turning her ankle with 500m to go left the youngster feeling frustrated at having missed the A standard.

The impressive displays continued in the 100m women’s hurdles with British record holder Tiffany Ofili-Porter fighting her way into third behind the ever-impressive Australian Sally Pearson.

Meanwhile on the field, reigning world champion Phillips Idowu (Aston Moore) was back in action having missed the UK Championships last week and ended third in the triple jump with 17.07m.

“I’ve got a month now until my World Championship final so I’m confident with the form I’ve had all year and the form I can get into going into the world final,” said Idowu.

Tom Parsons (Fayyaz Ahmed) equalled his season’s best of 2.28m on his way to finishing sixth in the men’s high jump – won by Russia’s Andrey Silnov - while Martyn Bernard (Dan Pfaff) was eighth in 2.25m.

In the discus Brett Morse was the top British finisher in eighth with a throw of 61.96m while British record holder and European Under-23 champion Lawrence Okoye (John Hillier) was ninth with 58.61m. That was enough to put him one place ahead of IPC World Championships gold medallist Dan Greaves (Jim Edwards) with 56.87m. Newly-crowned UK champion Abdul Buhari (Mark Wiseman) wasn’t able to repeat his Birmingham heroics from a week previously, throwing 55.18 to finish in 11th.

Jonathan Peacock (Hayley Ginn) was impressive in the T42/44 200m, setting a new personal best of 23.76 to take the win with fellow Brits Ian Jones (John Dunne) in third and reigning world T42 champion Richard Whitehead (Liz Yelling) racking up a personal best of 25.69 to finish fifth.

In the men’s 400m hurdles Puerto Rican World Championship silver medallist Javier Culson took the win in a season’s best of 48.33 with Rhys Williams (Dan Pfaff) the leading Brit in 49.72 and Richard Davenport (Nick Dakin) eighth in 50.57.

The men’s 200m was dominated by two-time Beijing Olympic medallist Walter Dix who clocked 20.16 on the way to the win. Britain’s Daegu-bound duo Christian Malcolm (Dan Pfaff) and James Ellington (John Powell) ended sixth and seventh in 20.90 and 21.03 respectively.

And while not able to mix it with Dix in south London 2010 European silver medallist Malcolm is confident it will be different in Daegu at the end of the month.

“That wasn’t great but it is hard for us Brits coming just a week after our trials,” said Malcolm.

“That’s just the way the calendar is, I guess. I think you’ll see some better performances later this month. I know I’m in good shape, so come Daegu I’ll be ready.”

Elsewhere Nick McCormick (Lindsay Dunn) was the top Brit finisher in the historic Emsley Carr Mile in 3.58.78, won by America’s Leonel Manzano in 3.51.24. UK Trials 1500m winner James Shane a late withdrawal suffering a slight niggle following his pre-race warm-up.