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Round-up of British athletes’ performances
30 May 2006 17:57

Great Britain were represented by Woodford Green & Essex Ladies' Men's team at the European Clubs Cup in the Group B match held in Istanbul, Turkey on 27-28 May and maintained their first day lead to finish overall winners with 97 points, to qualify for the Group A competition next year.

Cherry Alexander, UK Athletics Competitions Manager said:

"Well Done to Woodford Green & Essex Ladies' Men, a great result for the club and well earned.  UKA would like to thank the volunteers who work tirelessly for the club and we were pleased that we were able to provide £4,000 towards their travel costs to Istanbul."

Tim Abeyie continued his winning form in Istanbul, scoring a sprint double for maximum points; he recorded 10.45 seconds in the 100m into a wind of –1.3m/s and an impressive 20.66 seconds (+0.5m/s) in the 200m, which places him top of the British rankings for this year and is just outside the Elite standard for this summer’s European Championships (20.60).

Other notable performances in Istanbul came from Chris Reynolds who won the 800m in 1:50.79, Emeka Udechuku won the shot with 18.85m and Andy Frost finished second in the hammer with a best of 69.99m.

At the Nike Prefontaine Classic Grand Prix in Eugene, USA on Sunday 28 May, Nathan Douglas (Oxford City AC) had a great start to the season, finishing second with a best of 17.26m. He was only denied victory in the last round, as World Champion Walter Davis leapt out to 17.40m. Mo Farah (Newham & Essex Beagles) was the only other British athlete competing at the USA’s top track and field meeting. Farah finished eighth in the mile (won by Bernard Lagat) in a time of 3:58.36.

At the FBK Games in Hengelo, Netherlands the leading British performance came from Becky Lyne, (Hallamshire) former European Under 23 Champion, with victory in the 800m in a personal best of 2:00.04. After smashing her previous personal best of 2:01.26 from two years ago, she now has her sights set on breaking the elusive two minutes barrier. Lyne narrowly held off the challenge of Slovakia's Lucia Klocova and Amina Ait Hammou from Morocco to secure her win and is now expected to line up in Oslo on Friday 2 June.

David Weir was also in fine form taking wins in the 100m (14.27) and 400m (48.79)

Emma Ania and Joice Maduaka finished second and fourth respectively in the women’s 100m dominated by Marion Jones, who clocked a time of 11.16 seconds. Ania recorded a time of 11.59 seconds and Maduaka finished in 11.69 seconds.

In the women’s 400m hurdles, Natasha Danvers-Smith couldn't match the pace of last summer's World Championships silver medallist Lashinda Demus who took the 400m hurdles easily in 54.70sec. But Danvers-Smith, Commonwealth Games Silver medallist, split the US winner from third placed Sandra Glover who she held-off by 0.34sec in a time of 56.29seconds. Lee McConnell now confident that she has adapted to 400m hurdles after her switch from 400m flat, was fifth in a time of 57.85sec.
Christian Malcolm returned to competitive action in the 100m, where he finished third in 10.37 (+1.4m/s). Darren Campbell finished fifth in 10.46sec, a place ahead of Kim Collins. Commonwealth bronze medallist Andy Turner ran a season's fastest of 13.61sec for third position in the 110m hurdles.  James McIlroy finished fifth in a high-powered 800 metres confrontation, the British Number One posting a mark of 1:48.21.
Loughborough student Tom Carter was 10th over 1500m with a time of 3:48.05, the race was won by Kenyan Suleman Simotwu who clocked 3:36.88.

At the Riga Cup 2006, Latvia the leading performances from the England team came from Nick Nieland (Shaftesbury Barnet) who finished second in the javelin with a best throw of 84.70 and Amy Harris (Birchfield Harriers) finished fifth with a best jump of 6.27m (+2.0m/s) beyond the qualifying standard set for this summer’s World Junior Championships.


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