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UK hurdlers in Rethymno

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Norwich Union European Trials winners Andy Turner (Sale Harriers Manchester) and Tasha Danvers-Smith (Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers) continued their preparations for the European Championships in Gothenburg by competing in quality hurdles races at the European AA Permit meeting in Rethymno, Greece, on Friday 21 July.


Danvers-Smith finished third in the Women’s 400m hurdles in 55.27 seconds, 0.21sec faster than her winning time in Manchester last weekend. Tiffany Ross-Williams won in a meeting record of 54.72, only five-hundredths of a second ahead of her USA compatriot Sheena Johnson.


Danvers’Smith’s season’s best remains 54.85 at the Norwich Union Grand Prix at Gateshead on 11 June. It places her sixth in the current European rankings, which are led by Fani Halkia (Greece) with 53.71 at the Athina meeting in her home country on 3 July.


Fresh from his magnificent 110m hurdles win in Manchester in a windy 13.24 seconds, Turner clocked 13.40 for fourth place in Rethymno (wind: +2.2 m/s). The winner in 13.01 seconds was Dominique Arnold (USA), who finished fourth at last year’s World Championships and then clocked 12.90 behind the world record 12.88 of Xiang Liu (China) in Lausanne, Switzerland, on 11 July.


But Turner will be encouraged to have got to within two-hundredths of a second of his season’s best, which places him equal fourth in the European rankings that are led by Stanislav Olijar (Latvia) with 13.19 and World Champion Ladji Doucoure (France) with 13.21.