6th July 2009

Weekend Round Up


06 July 2009

WITH the Aviva World trials at the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham only five days away, British athletes were fine tuning their preparations at many meetings over Europe, The outstanding performance yet again was from Kate Dennison (Sale Harriers Manchester) who added another centimetre to her British record with 4.56m in Madrid.

5 July
Znamensky Memorial, Zhukovskiy, Russia

JEANETTE KWAKYE (Woodford Green with Essex Ladies) finished seventh in the 200m with 24.14 (2.1).

4 July
Meeting de Madrid, Spain

KATE DENNISON (Sale Harriers Manchester) improved her British pole-vault record yet again with a second place on countback to Russia’s Aleksandra Kiryashova with new figures 4.56m. This improves her record by one centimetre and it confirms her consistency in the 4.50m range.

Jemma Simpson (Newquay & Par) finished in second place in the 800m behind Morocco’s Hasna Benhassi in a season’s best of 1:59.31, which was her second fastest ever performance. Marilyn Okoro (Shaftesbury Barnet) was third in a season’s best of 2:00.04, while Jenny Meadows (Wigan) was eighth in 2:01.15. Tara Bird (Woodford Green with Essex Ladies) was fourth in the ‘B’ race in 2:05.05.

Montell Douglas (Blackheath & Bromley) was fourth in the 100m in 11.75 (-1.6) while Lee McConnell (Shaftesbury Barnet) was second in the 400m in 52.29 behind Christine Amertil from the Bahamas. Susan Scott (Victoria Park City of Glasgow) finished in eleventh place in the 1500m with 4:27.92.

Mark Lewis-Francis (Birchfield) was sixth in 10.40 (-1.9). David Greene (Swansea) finished in third place in the 400m hurdles with 49.19 behind Isa Phillips from Jamaica and Danny McFarlane. James Brewer (Cheltenham) was sixth in the 1500m in 3:39.65 which was close to his life-time best.
Chris Tomlinson (Newham & Essex Beagles) was eighth in the long jump with 8.10m (+0.9) in a competition won by Australia’s Fabrice Lapierre who recorded a wind-aided 8.57m.


4 July
Cork City Games, Ireland

IN THE women’s events Anike Shand-Whittingham (Cambridge) finished in sixth place in the 100m with 11.81 (3.7) while Henrietta Kodilinye-Sims (Newham & Essex Beagles) finished in fourth place in the 400m with 54.45. Sarah Claxton (Woodford Green with Essex Ladies) claimed fourth spot in the 100m hurdles in a time of 13.48 (1.8) with Lauren Dewdney (Gateshead U20) finishing in sixth place with 13.95 which was marginally outside her best of 13.90. Harriet Scott (Havering Mayesbrook) ran 4:20.27 for fourth place in the 1500m and Gemma Turtle (Shaftesbury Barnet) 4:26.65 for eighth place.

In the high jump Bethan Partridge (Telford U20) finished in equal fourth place in a life-time best of 1.80m, which was a 5cm improvement on her previous best and Grace Clements (Dartford) 1.70m finished in seventh place. Sarah Wellstead (Sutton & District) leapt to 6.27m (3.3) in the long jump for fourth place with Gemma Weetman (Oswestry U23) in fifth place with 6.14m (3.2) and Grace Clements (Dartford) sixth with 5.86m (5.5).

In the men’s events Mark Findlay (Newham & Essex Beagles) finished in third place in the 100m in 10.38 (3.1) while Richard Davenport (Gloucester) claimed fifth spot in the 400m with 48.13. J.J. Jegede (Newham & Essex Beagles) won the long jump with a leap of 7.94 (2.9) and Jonathan Moore (Birchfield) recorded a legal 7.70m (1.2) finishing in third place. In the 1500m Jonathan Taylor (Morpeth U23) finished in second place with 3:37.61 and in the 3000m Scott Overall (Blackheath & Bromley) was fourth with 8:04.10, Michael Skinner (Blackheath & Bromley) fifth in 8:15.62 and Mark Draper (Bedford & County) sixth in 8:19.81.


3 July
Bislett Games IAAF Golden League, Oslo, Norway

CHRISTINE OHURUOGU (Newham & Essex Beagles) finished in sixth place in 51.19 behind American winner Sanya Richards who set a world-leading mark of 49.23.

Jeanette Kwakye (Woodford Green with Essex Ladies) running her first race of the season, was seventh in the 100m in 11.67 (0.1) in a race where Kerron Stewart from Jamaica won in 10.99, her fourth sub-11 performance of the season.

Claire Gibson (Kilbarchan) was a clear winner of a national 800m race in a new PB of 2:01.42. In the 3000m steeplechase Helen Clitheroe (Preston) finished in 10th place with 9:52.58 behind the winner Ruth Bisibori Nyangau from Kenya who won in 9:18.65.

Simeon Williamson continued his consistent Golden League campaign finishing in fourth place in the 100m with 10.13 (-0.3) with Asafa Powell from Jamaica taking victory with 10.07 which was the same time given to Antigua’s Daniel Bailey. Leevan Yearwood (Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets) won the ‘B’ race in 10.10 (+3.0) which would have been a lifetime best if the wind had been legal.

Andy Turner (Sale Harriers Manchester) was pipped on the line by Antwon Hicks from America in the 110m hurdles, finishing second with 13.44 (0.6). Allan Scott (Shaftesbury Barnet) finished in seventh place in 13.90. Lawrence Clarke (Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow U20) won his age group race in 13.36 (2.5).

Richard Strachan (Trafford) won Race 2 of the 400m and was just outside his lifetime best with 45.86 with ‘Blade Runner’ Oscar Pistorius, South Africa in second place in 47.18.

Colin McCourt (Dundee Hawkhill) set a 1500m lifetime best of 3:37.55 to place fifth behind the winner Collins Cheboi from Kenya 3:36.24.

Mo Farah (Newham & Essex Beagles) finished in 11th place in the 5000m in 13:12.78 which was just five seconds outside his best ever for the event. The great Kenenisa Bekele, Ethiopia ran his routine 53-second final lap to win a tactical contest in 13:04.87.

2 July
Outdoor Classic Meeting, Velenje, Slovenia

IN THE shot Carl Myerscough (Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde) was second with a put of 19.89m. Michael Bomba (Liverpool) was seventh in the hammer with 66.43m and Amir Williamson (Newham & Essex Beagles) was eighth with 64.19m. Joice Maduaka (Woodford Green with Essex Ladiies V35) was third in the 100m 11.57 and first in the 200m with 23.53 with Helen Pryer (Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow) fourth in 23.68. In the long jump Amy Woodman (Birchfield) was ninth with a leap of 5.98m.

1 July
Moscow Open, Moscow, Russia

STEVEN LEWIS (Newham & Essex Beagles) finished second in the pole vault with 5.60m.

… and at home

British Athletics League Premiership, Sport City, Manchester
4 July

TOP performances from the Premiership were: 100m – Nick Smith (Shaftesbury Barnet) 10.34 (4.1). 200m – Graham Hedman (Woodford Green with Essex Ladies) 21.09 (1.9). Hammer – Mark Dry (Woodford Green with Essex Ladies) 67.84m. Discus – Brett Morse (Birchfield) 55.89m. Javelin – Lee Doran (City of Sheffield) 71.58m. Shot – Kieren Kelly (Newham & Essex Beagles) 18.31m. Long Jump – Greg Rutherford (Marshall Milton Keynes) 7.88m. High Jump –  Nick Stanisavljevic (Woking) 2.17m.

British Athletics League National 1, Eton
4 July

THE highlights were a sprint double by Rion Pierre (Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow U23) with 10.5 and 21.2. Will Sharman (Belgrave) 13.8 in the 110m hurdles and Andy Blow (Basingstoke & Mid Hants) 50.9 pb in the 400m hurdles. Ian Burns (Gateshead) threw the javelin 69.57m which was also a pb.