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UK Athletics

British highlights from European Meetings

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The 55th BUPA Ireland Cork City Sports meeting produced another fine performance from Sarah Claxton (Woodford Green & Essex Ladies) just two days after clocking a season’s best of 13.01 seconds in the SPAR European Cup in Malaga. At the UCC Sports Complex in Cork, Claxton executed a great race to dip under 13 seconds, also the UKA Elite standard for the European Championships in Gothenburg. She won the race from Ireland’s Derval O’Rouke in 12.96 seconds, to move up to seventh on the UKA all-time list, behind Diane Allahgreen.


Amongst the other British athletes competing in Cork, Jade Johnson (Herne Hill Harriers) won the long jump with 6.65m aided by a wind speed of + 3.0m/s, ahead of Australian Bronwyn Thompson. Chris Tomlinson (Newham & Essex Beagles) finished fifth with a leap of 7.85m in the third round, in the competition won by James Beckford (USA). Tom Parsons (Birchfield Harriers) cleared 2.21m for second place in the high jump and James Thie was seventh in the 1500m, in a time of 3:43.43.


At the EAA Permit in Kaunas, Lithuania on Saturday 1 July, Jimmy Watkins (Cardiff AAC) was first in the 800m in 1:47.89 and James Nasrat took second place in 1:48.34.


Anyika Onuora (Liverpool Harriers), a member of the silver medal winning 4x100m team at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, scored an impressive personal best in the 100m at the Memorial Buyle Loop meeting in Oordegem, Belgium on Saturday 1 July.


Onuora, recorded a time of 11.46 seconds in qualifying, only two hundredths outside her personal best set at the same venue last year. In the final, she went on to clock 11.38 seconds (-0.2m/s), well inside the UKA Development standard for the European Championships this summer.


In the 200m, 21-year-old Onuora produced another convincing victory, scorching to another personal best of 23.35 seconds, also inside the UKA Development standard set by UK Athletics.


Amongst the GB male sprinters, Ricky Fifton (Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets) recorded 10.41 seconds to win his heat of the 100m, followed home by Leon Baptiste (Enfield & Haringey) in 10.59 seconds. Mark Findlay (Newham & Essex) clocked 10.40 seconds, inside the UKA Development standard of 10.50 seconds. Over 200m, Ricky Fifton won his heat in a time of 20.80 seconds and Leon Baptiste had to settle for third again in 21.14 seconds.


In the women’s 800m, victory went to Joanna Ross (Edinburgh Southern) in a time of 2:01.84 and Liz Braithwaite finished tenth in 2:04.88.


England Athletics sent a team to the Masz International Meeting in Szombathely, Hungary on Sunday 2 July, amongst the leading performances was Ryan Dinham’s (Belgrave) victory in the 400m hurdles, in 50.12 seconds (inside the UKA Development standard).


In the Men’s Discus, Daniel Greaves, supported by the World Class Disability Performance programme, became the first Paralympian to represent a senior England team in a competition outside the Commonwealth Games. The current world record holder for the F44 category discus, finished fourth with a best of 44.13m, behind Abdul Buhari with a best of 52.58m.


In the men’s 100m, Tyrone Edgar (Woodford Green & Essex Ladies) finished second in 10.43 seconds, supported by a wind speed of + 2.1m/s. Gareth Warburton (Cardiff AAC) was second in the 400m in 47.51 seconds and Set Osho (Belgrave) took third place in 48.25 seconds.


In the high jump, Rob Mitchell (Sale Harriers) cleared 2.20m for first place and Adam Scarr (Enfield & Haringey) was third with a best of 2.15m.


Finally, in Fana, Norway on Sunday 2 July, Faye Fullerton (Havering Mayesbrook) was just outside the UKA Development standard for the European Championships, clocking 4:14.25 for fourth place, Catherine Riley was fifth in 4:15.36.