This weekend saw the British Championships and Trials for the Doha World Championships take place at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium. In warm but breezy conditions there was a British title for Woodford’s Cindi Ofili and also medals for Cameron Fillery, Youcef Zatat and Will Grimsey.
Cindi Ofili’s victory came in the women’s 100mH in a time of 13.09 secs (-1.6). Although some way from her fastest the Rio Olympic 4th placer is making steady progress back towards world class following a serious achilles injury. The Doha standard is 12.98 secs and Cindi’s season’s best is 13.06 secs. It was in the men’s 110mH where Cameron Fillery picked up his medal as into a strong head-wind he placed 2nd in exactly the same time as the winner with 13.78 secs (-2.5). In the heats of the women’s 100mH Gabriella Ade-Onjobi recorded 14.14 secs (-1.4) to place 4th but did not progress. Youcef Zatat also picked up a silver medal in the Shot as he again finished 2nd to Scott Lincoln with a put of 18.12m.
Team Norman: Phil with wife Coral and coach Tomaz Plibersek
In the 3000m s/ch Phil Norman was also 2nd with 8m40.61 secs and will be hoping he can find a race in which to marginally improve on his season’s best of 8m29.37 secs where he is fractionally outside the Doha standard (8m29.00 secs) to be certain of selection. Woodford’s other medallist was Will Grimsey as he equalled his personal best of 2.22m to place 3rd=. Jack Lawrie had looked good in placing 2nd in his heat of the 400mH with a season’s best of 50.45secs but, despite being the second fastest qualifier, found himself in the outside lane in the final, and his 51.18 secs placed him 7th. In the triple jump Lawrence Davis placed 11th with 15.43m (+1.5).
Eugene Amo-Dadzie, in his first serious season in the sport, made it through to the 100m semi-finals where he placed 5th with 10.63 secs (-2.2) after a 10.57 secs (-1.1) heat. In the 800m heats Anna Clark (who recently improved her personal best to 2m08.46 secs) recorded 2m10.46 secs.