Saturday, May 25, 2013

Top Athletes Shine At Great City Games Manchester

Olympic champion Greg Rutherford was victorious on home soil once again as he triumphed in the long jump at the Great CityGames Manchester. The Briton jumped 7.99m in the city's Albert Square to finish ahead of compatriot Chris Tomlinson (7.69m). Britain's Perri Shakes-Drayton and American Allyson Felix recorded world best times this season in the women's 200m hurdles and 150m respectively. London 2012 champion Jonnie Peacock won the IPC men's 100m T43/44 event. Rutherford came third in his first Diamond League meeting of the season in Shanghai last weekend. But after winning in Manchester, he told BBC Sport: "It wasn't a bad performance. I had a few problems at the start but I gave it everything in the last jump and, while I was really keen to get over 8m, 7.99m I will take. Overall I'm pretty pleased." Shakes-Drayton was in imperious form as she won in 25.74 seconds, with fellow Briton Eilidh Child third behind Russia's Natalya Antyukh. "The more I was running, the more I got into it," Shakes-Drayton said. "I will do this again next year. Any event my coach puts me into I will put 100% into it." Felix, who won in 16.36 seconds ahead of Britain's Anyika Onuora, said: "It's not very often I get to run the 150m. It was an amazing experience. The crowd really helped me along the way and I just had fun." Felix enjoyed running on the streets of Manchester Britain's Peacock clocked 11.46 seconds in his first race since undergoing ankle surgery after taking 100m gold at the Paralympics last September. "I haven't been in training very long [this season] and you could see that at the end," he said. "The first 60m was all right but I have to work on the end of the race." In the women's event, Paralympic long jump silver medallist Stefanie Reid finished third behind Marlou van Rhijn of the Netherlands, with Reid's fellow Briton Sophie Kamlish second. European 100m champion Christophe Lemaitre won the men's 150m in 14.90 seconds as Dwain Chambers was forced to settle for a disappointing fourth place, while British compatriot Andy Turner also had a frustrating afternoon as he pulled up in the 200m hurdles That event was won by South Africa's Louis Jacob van Zyl in 22.63 seconds, with two-time Olympic 400m champion Felix Sanchez third. Veteran Kim Collins, of St Kitts and Nevis, powered to victory in the men's 100m (10.26 seconds) with Britain's Margaret Adeoye first across the line in the women's event in 11.58 seconds. Jamaican Olympic bronze medallist Hansle Parchment won the men's 110m hurdles in 13.53 seconds ahead of Britain's Will Sharman, with American Dawn Harper (12.94 seconds) victorious in the women's 100m hurdles, edging out Britain's Tiffany Porter. In Sunday's Great Manchester Run, double Olympic champion Haile Gebrselassie will look for his sixth victory at the event. The Ethiopian will face a strong challenge from Kenyan Wilson Kipsang, third in the London 2012 Olympic marathon, and Moses Kipsiro of Uganda, who won two golds at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Chris Thompson is the leading British entry. Tirunesh Dibaba, a three-time Olympic gold medallist and four-time world champion, is the standout entry in the women's field, with 2011 winner Helen Clitheroe targeting her second victory. source : bbc sports