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Cerebral Palsy National Championships round-up

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Britain’s cerebral palsy athletes continued their preparations for the forthcoming IPC World Championships at the CP Sport National Championships in Nottingham at the weekend.
Athens 2004 T36 200m bronze medallist Graeme Ballard completed a 100m and 200m double, edging out Bath athlete Ben Rushgrove, who is also heading for the World Championships in Assen, Holland in September. Eighteen-year-old Rushgrove had to settle for a brace of silvers and a CP Sport under-20 age group record of 26.1 seconds in the 200m.
Michael Churm beat his fellow World Championship-bound team-mate Jamie Harding over 100m, but Harding took gold over 200m and silver over 400m. Dean Miller won the 1500m.
Hazel Simpson (formerly Robson) – winner of two silver medals in Athens - also completed a sprint double at the weekend – while Katrina Hart struck gold in the 200m for her classification.
In the field events, Danny West continued his good form this season in the discus, taking gold with a throw of 36.33m. He threw 10.14m to add the shot title. He is due to double up in both events at the Worlds.
Bernard Doolan edged out Athens 2004 Paralympian and World Championship team-mate Andrew Williams by just 1cm to win their shot category with a best of 6.38cm. Doolan also won his discus class with a throw of 13.08m.
A 49-strong Norwich Union Great Britain and Northern Ireland team will compete at the IPC World Championships, which take place in Assen from 2nd to10th September.