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UK Athletics

Rooney opens with Stateside victory

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21 April 2008




British Athletes currently warm weather training in the USA took time out from their schedules this weekend to compete at the Mt San Antonio College (SAC) athletics meet.


Amongst members of the GB team competing on Sunday were:


Tasha Danvers (Shaftesbury Barnet) finishing second behind USA’s Lashinda Demus in the 400mH with 55.91 – and also taking third spot in the 100mH in 13.25; Tyrone Edgar (Newham & Essex) clocking a swift season’s opener of 10.16 in the men’s 100m invitational coming fifth; Martyn Rooney (Croydon) winning the invitational 400m in 45.88; Andy Turner (Sale), third in 13.64 in the men’s 110mH and Christine Ohuruogu (Newham & Essex) taking fifth place in 23.49 over 200m. Scott Overall clocked an impressive 13.28.33 over 5000m in Saturday’s events.


For further results, please visit the Mt SAC relays website



Saturday’s meet at Long Beach State University saw more GB action with Ohuruogu starting her busy weekend with a wind assisted double of 11.49 for 100m and 23.02 for 200m. Christian Malcom began his weekend’s sprint work with first in the 100m in 10.38, ahead of Andy Turner in fourth with 10.59. Turner continued his work with 13.58 to win the 110m hurdles later on- ahead of fellow GB athletes Gianni Frankis and Dominic Girdler.


For more results see the Long Beach athletics website



Meanwhile, in Sheffield this weekend heptathlete Jessica Ennis (Sheffield) gave her Beijing Olympic hopes an early boost with her furthest-yet javelin throw in her first competition of the outdoor season.


Proving that winter training with former international Mick Hill is paying off, the European Cup combined events champion reached 40.06m at a meeting in her home city of Sheffield, almost two metres further than her previous best.


Coach Toni Minichiello, said: “It was bitterly cold but Jess showed that all her hard work is taking her in the right direction.


"I’m off to find a bookie to put a bob each way on her for Beijing now,” he joked. “Fingers crossed, she’s got to be a good outside bet for the Olympics, particularly with Carolina Kluft deciding not to defend the title.”


To see how these performances relate to the early season lists visit the Power of 10 website.