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Key Names Confirm for Aviva National Championships

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Nicola Sanders
Nicola Sanders - one of many big names set to race in Birmingham




23 June 2008



UK Athletics have today confirmed that all eight individual winners from this weekend’s Spar European Cup will be competing at the Aviva National Championships, Incorporating the Team GB Selection Trials which take place between 11-13th July.


In what was a great weekend for Great Britain’s athletes, the men achieved their 5th European Cup win, meaning the Bruno Zauli trophy was back in British hands for the first time since their victory in 2000 at Gateshead.


And Britain’s eight winners from the weekend – among them Phillips Idowu, Marlon Devonish and Nicola Sanders will now set their sights on Birmingham in three weeks time and qualification for this year’s Olympic Games.


Dave Collins UKA Performance Director said, “I am delighted to confirm that after a great weekend for British athletes in the Spar European Cup, all eight winners from Annecy will be competing at the Aviva National Championships in three weeks time. We are all now looking forward to the Aviva National Championships. With these athletes confirmed to compete we can expect three days of high quality competition and nervous tension as they and other Great Britain athletes battle it out to secure their place on the plane to Beijing.”


In what was the last ever Spar European Cup, the GB and NI women’s team claimed a well deserved third place thanks to victory in the 400m and 800m through Nicola Sanders and Jenny Meadows respectively.


The GB and NI winners from the weekend were:



Tyrone Edgar: 100m

Marlon Devonish: 200m

Martyn Rooney: 400m

Andy Baddeley: 3000m                            

Mo Farah: 5000m

Phillips Idowu: triple jump



Jenny Meadows: 800m

Nicola Sanders: 400m


To book tickets for the Aviva National Championships visit www.ukathletics.net or call 08000 556 056