16th May 2011
Weekend Round Up
16 May 2011
In a busy weekend there was action across the UK, including the Manchester City Games, County Championships, as well as action abroad in the latest Samsung Diamond League fixture, and a swift 100m in Brazil for Dwain Chambers.
BUPA Great Manchester 10km, May 15
European Indoor 3000m champion Helen Clitheroe (Coach: John Nuttall) went top of the McCain Power of Ten 10km rankings with a clear win in 31:45 to smash her personal best. After a 16:07 first half, Clitheroe sped a 15:38 second half and 3:01 final kilometre to win by 14 seconds from France’s Christelle Daunay with Commonwealth 10,000m champion Grace Momanyi of Kenya third in 32:05.
In the men’s race, after following the pace to 8km of the great Haile Gebrselassie, who won in 28:10, Chris Thompson (Coach: John Nuttall, Mark Rowland) went top of the UK rankings at 10km with his second place in 28:21. James Walsh (Mike Baxter) finished sixth in 28:42 to go second in the rankings while Scott Overall, seventh in 28:49, went third.
David Weir won the wheelchair race in 22:23.
IAAF Samsung Diamond League, Shanghai, May 15
The only Brit in action in this weekend’s Diamond League fixture, Jenny Meadows (Coach: Trevor Painter) had a very easy win in the 800m. After a slow first lap, Meadows kicked in a 29.28 final 200m from the front to win in 2:00.45, almost a second ahead of Moroccan Malika Akkaoui.
Manchester City Games, May 15
Andy Turner (Coach: Lloyd Cowan) gained a strongdouble victory in the unique street-based event. In the rarely run straight 200m hurdles, he ran the fastest ever electrical time of 22.10 to beat three champion runners, Bershawn Jackson and Angelo Taylor of the USA and Felix Sanchez of the Dominican Republic.
In the earlier-run men’s 110m hurdles, he won in 13.41 while in fourth, Gianni Frankis (Coach: Tony Jarrett) went second in the McCain Power of 10 rankings to Turner with a 13.84.
In the women’s 100m hurdles, World Heptathlon champion, Jessica Ennis (Toni Minichello) just edged European indoor medallist Tiffini Ofili as both timed 12.88 in third and fourth. They went joint top of the McCain Power of Ten rankings.
There was a very close women’s 150m where Abi Oyepitan (Coach: Tony Lester) recovered from a slow start to win in 17.34, with her final 100m timed at sub 11 seconds. She edged Ennis with 17.40 and Laura Turner (Linford Christie) who had a fast start and was caught in the final 10 metres with17.43 in third.
In the 200m, someway down on winner Alyson Felix’s 15.81, Joice Maduaka (Coach: Loren Seagrave) finished third in 23.67 and Olympic 400m champion Christine Ohuruogu finished in fourth.
In the men’s 200m, Ricki Fifton was 4th in 20.81, which would have gone top of the McCain Power of Ten 200m rankings had it not been for the following wind of 2.3m/s.
Elsewhere, Jeanette Kwayke (Michael Afilaka) won the women’s 100m in 11.61 while European and Commonwealth 100m medallist Mark Lewis Francis (Linford Christie) won the men’s 100m in a windy 10.33.
Belem, Brazil, May 15
Dwain Chambers enjoyed a two metre margin over Trinidad’s Mark Burns in 10.16 to go top of the McCain Power of ten 100m rankings.
Bristol 10km, May 15
Claire Hallissey went third in the UK Power of Ten 10km rankings with her second placed 32:36. Gemma Steel went fifth with her 32:54.
Middlesex Championships, Mile End, May 14/15
European bronze medallist Perri Shakes Drayton (Coach: Chris Zah) showed her flat speed and 4×400 potential is in good order, with a 52.03 victory as she won gold by over three seconds.
Surrey Championships, Kingston, May 14/15
Teenager Lawrence Okoye (Coach: John Hillier) made a sensational start to his season and his senior career with a 63.25m victory to go third in the McCain Power of Ten rankings.
IAAF World Challenge, Ponce, Puero Rico, May 14
Shana Cox went top of the McCain Power of ten 400m rankings with a 51.24 second place in this meeting.to American Natasha Hastings.
Staffordshire Championships, May 14
England Under 17 60mH indoor champion James Taylor (Coach: Donald Moss) went top of the McCain Power of Ten rankings with a hand timed PB win in 13.0.
IAAF World Challenge, Daegu, May 12
Shara Proctor finished third in the long jump with 6.47/-0.2 while Tiffany Ofili finished fourth in the 100m hurdles in 13.03 to go top of the McCain Power of Ten rankings while Sarah Claxton (Coach: Lloyd Cowan) was ninth in 13.43.
Salem, USA, May 11
A few days after throwing 63.88m in Eugene, to go second in the McCain Power of ten rankings, Sarah Holt (Coach: Robert Weir) backed that mark up with a 53.77m victory.