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UK athletes in action in Stockholm

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Andy Turner
Andy Turner

As the days tick by to the European Indoor Championships at Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena on 2-4 March, four UK athletes strove to sharpen their form at the IAAF Indoor meeting in Stockholm, Sweden, on Tuesday night, 20 February.


Helen Clitheroe (Preston Harriers) lopped 3 seconds off her 1500m season’s best but finished second to Lidia Chojecka (Poland), who strode home in 4:03.73, the fastest time in the world this year. Clitheroe was second in 4:05.81, which places her second in the current IAAF rankings.


Andy Turner partially got over his disqualification at Saturday’s Norwich Union Indoor Grand Prix by taking fourth place in the 60m hurdles in 7.68 seconds, 0.13sec slower than his best of the year. Winner Dayron Robles (Cuba) stormed home in 7.48 followed by a close battle for the places – David Oliver (USA) second in 7.61, Robert Kronberg (Sweden) third in 7.66 and then Sale Manchster Harrier Turner.


Martyn Bernard (unattached) was fifth in the high jump with a 2.24m clearance at the second attempt. Ahead of him were the peerless Stefan Holm (2.33m), his Swedish counterpart Linus Thörnblad and Yaroslav Rybakov (Russia), equal second at 2.30m, and Svatoslav Ton (Czech Republic) at 2.27m.


David Greene (Swansea Harriers) was third in the 400m B final in 48.02 after clocking 47.56 at the Norwich Union GP on Saturday. Jiri Vojtik (Czech Republic) won in 47.22. Johan Wissman (Sweden) won the A final in 46.45, which leaves Rob Tobin (Basingstoke and Mid Hants) top of the European rankings with his Norwich Union GP winning time of 46.05.