In rounding up Track and Field news over the last couple of weeks as the domestic season winds down ahead of the Doha World Championships at the end of September there were some useful performances from Woodford athletes including medals at the European Masters for Lucy Marshall and Keith Newton and mixed fortunes for Cindy Ofili and Phil Norman as they aimed for places in that GB team for Doha.
Cindy Ofili who had won the British Championships in Birmingham but did not have the required qualifying mark of 12.98 secs for Doha, raced in Bellinzona, Switzerland where she comfortably won and bettered that qualifying mark with a time of 12.85 secs(0.0) to confirm her place on the World Championship team. Phil Norman who had finished 2ndat Birmingham in the 3000m s/ch and whose best mark was 8m29.37 secs compared with the Doha qualifying time of 8m29.00, first raced at Tonbridge where he again went agonisingly close with 8m 29.54 secs, and then a few days later in Zagreb where again he was close with 8m29.93 secs, sadly missed out on selection.
Anna Clark also raced at that Tonbridge meeting where her 2m10.45 secs saw her win the “B” race. Amongst the many results from the Woodford Graded meeting there were personal bests from Denesha Rocastle both over 100m and in the triple jump with 12.99 secs(+1.3) and 11.42m. U/20 Videsh Weerakkody recorded apersonal best of 53.55 secs over 400m, and over 100m Olumide Isaac recorded 10/68 secs (+1.1) and Omololu Abiodun 10.87 secs (+1.1). Olumide also recorded 10.87 secs (-1.1) in the Highgate Open. At the Lee Valley throws meeting there was a personal best for Luke Finch in the U/15 hammer with a mark of 39.97m, whilst at the LICC meeting Shot specialist Youcef Zatat threw the discus 44.02m. Simon Bennett who had missed much of the season with injury improved his season’s best in the Javelin when he threw 56.70m at Yeovil.
Competing at the European Masters Championships in Italy, Keith Newton was 13th overall (2nd in the B Pool) the V50 LJ with a mark of 5.16m (+0.3) and also 3rd in the triple jump with 12.48m w (+2.4), the same distance as the 2ndplaced athlete. Lucy Marshall was also competing in those Championships and in the W35 hammer just lost out on the title by 2cm as she threw 60.25m. In the Weight throw Lucy was also 2ndwith 17.76m and in the Shot Put Lucy placed 4thwith 10.86m. Lucy later competed in the Throws Pentathlon which consists of HT, SP, DT, JT and Weight and again picked up a silver medal where her individual marks were 59.29m, 10.86m, 27.42m,24.31m and 18.14m for a total of 3813 points, 46 points behind the winner from Denmark.