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UK Athletics

Benjamin back in the running

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Tim Benjamin, who ended last summer as Europe’s No.1 over 400m, battled through an Atlantic gale to prove he is in shape to race at the Norwich Union European Trials, incorporating the UK Championships and AAA of England Championships at Manchester’s Sportcity on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 July.


The 24-year-old Welshman clocked 46.38 seconds for second place in the 400m race at an international meeting on the island of Tenerife. He was pipped for victory by Jamel Ashley (USA), who finished a mere two-hundredths of a second ahead.


The time pales beside the 44.56 that took him to the top of the European rankings last summer but was a giant step forwards for Benjamin, who was forced to miss this year’s Commonwealth Games because of a persistent injury.


And there are mitigating circumstances. The meeting was affected so badly by gales that the official wind speed for the Men’s 100m was +4.9 metres per second. Reverse that on the back straight and you get some idea of the brickwall-like conditions Benjamin ran through.


His manager, Ricky Simms, told the Press Association: “Tim said he was delighted with his showing and nothing should be read into the time as clearly, given the conditions, he could run probably well over a second faster.


"It was just the result he was looking for before going to the Trials in Manchester next weekend.


"Tim is confident he can claim a place in the British side and is determined to prove to everyone he will be an asset for Gothenburg."