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Williamson 10.05 against wind, Defar sub 30 at 10 km

12.07.2009 World

Reigning European U23 Champion Simeon Williamson is in sub 10 shape.

At UK Trials he won the 100 m in rain and against strong -1.8 wind in his second best ever 10.05 what is also European seasonal lead.

“I feel I would have liked to have run sub-10 today. I know I am in shape,  I’ve got to go and do it now. It’s the equivalent of a sub-10 but it’s not sub-10. I mean that’s the next step for me. That’s the next goal. I like running rounds, because I don’t really perform well in one-off races. My season’s best performance is 10.09 and you have to book your space. Hopefully if I make the final (in Berlin), anything is possible, people can get disqualified. I’m looking to put a really good performance in,” he was quoted by UK Athletics website.

He also clearly beat Dwain Chambers (10.22), Tyrone Edgar (10.28) and Craig Pickering (10.33). Another highlight at the end of Saturday´s programme. Ethiopian guest Meseret Defar clocked fifth fastest ever 29:59.20 in her second serious 10 000 m and qualified also in this event for Berlin. She can now contest the double. Her halves were 15:05 and 14:54 (last km 2:47.65). That clearly shows her possibilities in this event also because she was alone doing the pace since third km (9:03.43).

Her team-mate Aheza Kiros as second achieved 31:21.22 ahead of Kenyan Lineth Chepkurui (31:31.92). New British record for Kate Dennison who cleared in first 457 and tried at 470 in pole vault. Olympic gold medalist Christine Ohuruogu got the 400 m as expected in 51.26. Joice Maduaka won the 100 m (11.52) and Andy Turner the hurdles with 13.47 against -1.9. Charlene Thomas ruled excellent 1500 m race (4:09.18) ahead of World junior champion Stephanie Twell (4:09.55). In muggy conditions Germaine Mason won on count-back the high jump. He cleared 224 in first, Samson Oni in second and Tom Parsons in third.


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