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Wins for Lewis-Francis, Sanders and Oyepitan in Rehlingen

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Mark Lewis-Francis (Birchfield Harriers) was in winning form in the Internationales Pfingstsportfest meeting in Rehlingen, Germany, held on the evening of Monday 5 June.


In his build-up to this weekend's Norwich Union British Grand Prix at Gateshead, the Birchfield Harrier claimed victory in a time of 10.41seconds, easily holding off the challenge of South Africa's Sherwin Vries who clocked 10.48 seconds with Mark Findlay third in 10.50 seconds.


Nicola Sanders (WSE&H) produced the best British performance at the German meeting however with an excellent 400m victory against world class opponents.


Sanders who showed good form in Oslo, for the second time in four days lowered her outdoor personal best, posting a mark of 51.47sec to beat off the challenges of Novlene Williams of Jamaica and Monique Hennagan who clocked 51.87sec and 52.38sec.


It was a good win for Sanders who has an indoor best of 50.72sec, ahead of the Commonwealth bronze medallist and the USA's fourth placer at the last Olympics. Helen Karagounis (Birchfield Harriers) was fifth in 54.76sec.    


Abi Oyepitan (Shaftesbury Barnet) the Olympic 200m finalist who missed the entire 2005 season with an achilles injury, tied for first place in her 100m race.


Oyepitan showed a spirit attitude when bouncing back from finishing last in Oslo, to share the spoils with Germany's Marion Wagner in 11.44sec. 


Tim Benjamin (Belgrave Harriers), Europe's Number One last summer  who like Oyepitan only returned to action in the Norwegian capital after injury prevented him competing at the Commonwealth Games, placed third in his 400m race.


Benjamin was beaten in his one lap contest by world indoor champion Alleyne Francique and Talkmore Nyongani. Francique of Grenada crossed the line 0.36sec ahead of the Zimbabwe runner-up in 45.65sec, with Benjamin clocking 46.06sec.


Graham Hedman won the 'C' race in the 400m series, posting a mark of 46.45sec in front of the German pair of Bastian Swillims and Florian Seitz.


Other British results from Rehlingen included a 100m/200m double for Montell Douglas clocking 11.84 seconds and 24.82 seconds; Chris Lambert and Leon Baptiste recorded 10.65 and 10.67 seconds in the 100m. Adam Scarr and Robbie Grabarz cleared 2.10m and 2.00m respectively in the high jump.


Rehlingen wasn't the only place with British Athletes competing however. Leading results from Prague included Natasha Danvers-Smith's first place in the Women's 400m Hurdles inside the Elite standard for the European Championships, she recorded a time of 55.79 seconds. Kate Dennison won the pole vault with a clearance of 4.22m, which beats the UKA Development standard for the European Championships.


Other results courtesy of www.gbrathletics.com are as follows:


1500 7 Ed Jackson 3:46.94
3000SC 7 Stuart Stokes 8:38.81
110H 6 David Hughes 13.92/+1.3
400H 2 Rhys Williams 50.44
PV 9 Steven Lewis 5.20
w200 3 Joice Maduaka 23.53/+0.3
w800 5 Marilyn Okoro 2:03.90