Exciting races at British Olympic Trials, A view from Europe


Butchart_Andrew-Euro10k15.jpgAndrew Butchart, photo by PhotoRun.net

BIRMINGHAM (GBR, Jun 25): An exciting men's 100m final climaxed the second day of the British Championships. European champion James Dasaolu stopped the clock at 9.93 with James Ellington (9.96) and Chijindu Ujah (9.97) also going sub-10 albeit with a 3.0 m/s tailwind on their backs. Asha Philip set a season's best of 11.17 to win the women's 100m ahead of Daryll Neita (11.26) with pre-race favourite Desiree Henry third (11.26) and not guaranteed an automatic spot on the British team for Rio. Tiffany Porter (12.91, +2.0) edged out her younger sister Cindy Ofili (12.93) in the 100m hurdles while Andrew Butchart won the 5000m in 13:44.00 with a 5:10 last 2km to confirm his place on the British team for the Olympics. Holly Bradshaw cleared 4.60m on her first attempt before three failures at 4.72m in the pole vault while Morgan Lake cleared cleared 1.90m before three attempts at a UK junior record of 1.95m. World fourth placer Sophie Hitchon won the hammer with 69.99m while veteran Nathan Douglas set a season's best of 16.58m to win the triple jump. In the 400m hurdles heats, Seb Rodger was the fastest with 49.99 but there was an upset with 2011 world champion Dai Greene failing to make the final with 51.16.

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