26th February 2014
Brits Shine In Prague
26 February 2014
Ahead of the IAAF World Indoor Championships, which take place in the Polish city of Sopot on 7-9 March, a number of British athletes continued their preparations with strong performances in Prague last night, Tuesday 25 February.
Dwain Chambers (coach: Rana Reider) ran a season’s best of 6.52 to finish second in the 60m behind Kim Collins, who ran a St. Kitts and Nevis national record of 6.49. 35 year old Chambers sits second in the British rankings behind James Dasaolu, who will miss out on the World Indoors through injury.
Richard Kilty (Reider) finished one place and one hundredth of a second behind Chambers in Prague as he set equalled his personal best of 6.53 and will head to Poland in the form of his life. Harry Aikines-Aryeetey (Reider) was sixth in the same race with a season’s best 6.69.
Tiffany Porter (Reider), who won IAAF World Championships 100m hurdles bronze medallist in Moscow last summer, will look to add to the World Indoor silver medal she won two years ago in Sopot. The 26 year old continued her progression this indoor season by winning the 60m hurdles in Prague with a season’s best 7.91.
In the women’s 60m, 18 year old Desiree Henry (Reider) smashed her personal best as she raced to a time of 7.22 to finish third in a high quality field. Completing a successful day for Rana Reider’s training group, Anyika Onoura (Reider) ran 38.55 for 300m in what was her first race since the IAAF World Championships in Moscow last August.
Conrad Williams (Linford Christie), who is part of the GB & NI 4x400m squad for the World Indoors, set a new British record for the rarely run distance of 500m with a time of 61.59. His training partner Luke Lennon-Ford (Christie), also in the 4x400m squad travelling to Poland, finished third in the 400m with 46.65.
Following runs of 7.57 at the Sainsbury’s Indoor Grand Prix and then the BUCS Championships last weekend, Andrew Pozzi (Malcolm Arnold) ramped up his preparations for the World Indoors with another good performance in Prague, finishing in second place in the men’s 60m hurdles with 7.60.
Continuing her return to form after a long injury layoff, Jenny Meadows (Trevor Painter) got back to winning ways in the 800m, crossing the line in a time of 2:01.67, moving her to second on the power of 10 rankings.
Finally there was a win for Amy Woodman (James Hillier) in the women’s long jump thanks to a 6.30m effort.