11th July 2011
Weekend Round Up
11 July 2011
European Mountain Running Championships, Bursa, July 10
The Aviva GB & NI Mountain runners enjoyed solid performances in todays championship with Andi Jones (Bob Merrell) top finisher for the Senior men’s squad with seventh position which secured the GB men the fifth team spot.
With nine of the fifteen Aviva GB & NI competitors making their international debut from the two senior and junior teams, the team acquitted themsleves well with the Junior men and women finishing sixth and senior women in sixth also.
Chambery, France, July 10
Will Sharman (Coach: Malcolm Arnold) set a pair of season’s bests in the 110m hurdles, winning his heat in 13.56 and finishing second in the final into quite a strong headwind of 1.7mps with 13.63. His 13.56 puts him second in the McCain Power of Ten rankings.
Rhys Williams (Dan Pfaff) won the 400m hurdles in 49.66, just outside his season’s best of 49.59, which ranks him fourth.
Madrid IAAF Grand Prix, July 9
Dwain Chambers finished a close second in the 100 metres to Justin Gatlin in 10.13.
Richard Strachan (Coach: Linford Christie) finished second in the B 400m in 45.73, which is fairly close to his PB of 45.70.
In a good season so far in terms of consistency for British 400m running, Andrew Steele (Stephen Ball) finished third in 45.94 and became the eight Briton to break 46 this season.
BMC Grand Prix, Solihull, July 9
Joe Thomas (Coach: Arwyn Davies) won the 800m in 1:46.77 to go fourth in the McCain Power of Ten rankings.
UK IAAF World cross-country Championships representative James Walsh (Coach: Mike Baxter) won the 5000m in a PB 13:46.25 to go tenth in the UK rankings.
Paris IAAF Diamond League, July 8
Chris Tomlinson produced the British performance of the meeting and pushed Olympic champion Irving Saladino all the way with a superb world class British record 8.35m. Tomlinson opened with a 8.10m, which he improved to 8.21m, before the UK record 8.35m in the third round which held the lead until the Panamanian took the lead in round five with 8.40m.
While he lost his record, Greg Rutherford (Coach: Dan Pfaff) had a good competition with five jumps of over 8 metres and a best of 8.27m which is very close to his all time best of 8.30m and like Tomlinson puts him well up the world top 10 in 2011.
In the 1500m having finished in 14th position, Andy Baddeley (Coach: Andrew Hobdell) went top of the McCain Power of Ten 1500m rankings with his 3:36.47 clocking.
Michael Bingham (Coach: Ken Harnden), who tops the McCain Power of Ten rankings with 45.42, was sixth in the 400m in 45.84.
Commonwealth and European champion Andy Turner (Coach: Lloyd Cowan) clocked 13.43 which placed him sixth in the men’s 110m hurdles – his 12th best time of 2011.
British record holder Goldie Sayers (Coach: Dan Pfaff) produced another good quality javelin throw in a high class competition and finished fourth with 62.14m.
Another top ranked athlete Jenny Meadows (Coach: Trevor Painter) led for much of the 800m and finished a close third behind World champion Semanya in 2:00.74.
In the 400m hurdles, Perri Shakes-Drayton (Coach: Chris Zah) just missed her McCain Power of Ten top ranking performance of 54.77 by just 0.02 as she finished fourth in 54.79.