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Friday, June 22, 2012

UK AthleticsTrials Update


UK Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee claimed he was not concerned about the fitness of Phillips Idowu.
The former world triple jump champion became the latest athlete to pull out of the Olympic trials in Birmingham.
Idowu has competed just three times in 2012 and suffered an unspecified injury on his last appearance, which was in the Diamond League meeting in Oregon on June 2.
The 33-year-old struggled to hit top form with leaps of 16.43 metres and 17.05m before injuring himself when he fouled with his third attempt. He took no further part in the competition.
Idowu, who subsequently withdrew from the Bislett Games in Oslo, had previously been unbeaten this year with winning leaps of 17.24m and 17.31m in Shanghai and Hengelo.

Van Commenee - who is still not speaking to Idowu after a row over the latter's withdrawal from the European Team Championships last summer - said the Londoner is aiming to compete at the London Grand Prix on July 13-14, but declined to clarify Idowu's situation due to issues of "medical confidentiality".
By not competing at the trials, Idowu will have to rely on a discretionary place on the team, but that will be a formality if he is fit, with Van Commenee adding: "It's not a worry. He is selectable."
Idowu later revealed his plans for Saturday on Twitter, posting a photo of himself holding a number of tickets for the Hackney Weekend 2012.
World indoor triple jump champion Yamile Aldama, world 1,500m silver medallist Hannah England, 800m runner Jenny Meadows, triple jumper Nathan Douglas and sprinter Laura Turner were also absent from the Alexander Stadium, with just six weeks to go until athletics gets under way at the Olympics.
Better news for Britain came with the performances of world champions Dai Greene and Mo Farah, with Greene putting poor early-season form behind him to secure his place in Saturday's final of the 400m hurdles.
Greene, who recently revealed he underwent knee surgery in December, won his heat in 50.80 seconds and was joined in the final by the four other men who have achieved the 'A' standard - Nathan Woodward, Rhys Williams, Jack Green and Richard Yates. The first two across the line will seal their place in London.
The Welshman said: "It hasn't been a perfect start to the season but things are getting better. I'm still on track for peaking in the summer. Training-wise things have improved massively. I can feel myself getting better all the time. I feel like I have turned the corner."
Secure in the knowledge that he will be selected for the 5,000m and 10,000m in London, Farah opted to work on his finishing speed in the 1,500m and duly cruised to victory in his heat.
"It was good to get the legs working a bit, a bit of speed," the 29-year-old said. "I'm looking forward to it (the final) tomorrow. It's not going to be as easy as the heat but it should be good."
As for defending his European 5,000m title in Helsinki next Wednesday, Farah added: "It just depends what the coach (Alberto Salazar) says. I don't even know what's going on. I haven't decided whether I'm going to do it or not. It all depends on this weekend."
In the men's 100m, all the major contenders safely advanced to the semi-final, although the cool and breezy conditions meant no-one was able to join James Dasaolu and teenager Adam Gemili in clocking the 'A' qualifying standard of 10.18s.
Gemili was the fastest qualifier in 10.27s, with Dwain Chambers only clocking 10.34s in winning his heat.
Chambers, who was cleared to compete in London earlier this year when the British Olympic Association's lifetime ban on drugs cheats was overturned, said: "I want to run fast but I'll just have to do the best I can with the resources I've got and just go for it. It's situations like this when I run my best so I've got to be at my best.
"The main thing is I want to get through the championships in one piece and hopefully that enables me to secure the qualifying time. Normally I'm on the top (of the national rankings) so it is a bit daunting that I'm lower down, but I've just got to take each day as it comes.
Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu easily advanced to the final of the women's 400m, while Marilyn Okoro, Emma Jackson and Jemma Simpson reached the final of the 800m. Okoro and Jackson both have the 'A' standard, while Simpson will be out to impress and secure the discretionary place ahead of Meadows.
World junior champion Jodie Williams was among the qualifiers in the 100m despite considerable strapping on her right leg and the small matter of sitting her final A-level exams this week.


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