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UK athletes in Salamanca

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Three UK athletes competed at the EAA Permit meeting in Salamanca, Spain, on Wednesday evening 5 July – and all three demonstrated they are preparing nicely for the Norwich Union European Trials and AAA Championships to be held in Manchester on 15 and 16 July.

 

Emma Ania (Shaftesbury Barnet) edged to the top of the UK Women’s 100m rankings for this summer, a hundredth of a second ahead of Joice Maduaka, in clocking 11.32 seconds for second place, 0.24sec behind Cydonie Mothersill (Cayman Islands). The wind speed was a legal +1.0 metres per second. Ania also clocked 23.33 in the 200m but the wind speed was +2.5 m/s; Mothersill won in 22.56.

 

Jemma Simpson (Newquay and Par) became the sixth UK athlete to achieve the UKA Elite Standard for the European Championships 800m. The 21-year-old, based at the UKA Endurance Performance Centre at St Mary’s University Twickenham, clocked 2:00.68 for sixth place in a blanket finish to a race won by Zulia Calatayud (Cuba) in 1:59.39.

 

The reigning AAA Senior and European Junior long jump champion Greg Rutherford (Milton Keynes) shrugged off his SPAR European Cup nightmare by reaching 8.00m with his sixth and last attempt. It was aided by a +2.1 m/s wind and was only his second legal leap of the series – he opened with 7.97m (wind: +2.5 m/s) – but it demonstrated that the 19-year-old is learning to cope with the utmost pressure of international competition.

 

The only men to defeat him were Cubans. The incomparable Ivan Pedroso won with 8.15m (wind: +1.2 m/s). Ibrahim Camejo was second with 8.04m (wind: +1.7 m/s).