Although only 15, Hollie Pattie-Bellili who is coached by Bob Corbett, came 2nd. in the A 400m. hurdles in 67.24 sec and also came 2nd. in the 100m. hurdles in 16.66 sec. in the East of England Inter Counties Championships for senior athletes.
WGwEL men’s team placed a good 3rd in the final BAL Premiership fixture of the season at Newham on Saturday. League leaders, Newham again won to confirm victory in the League with 32 points; Woodford consolidated their second position with 25.5 points, from Birchfield on 23.5, and Sale on 15.5. Enfield ensured they stayed in the Premiership by placing second on the day, with Sheffield just losing out to Shaftsbury, in joining the already relegated Trafford. Without being at full strength this was a good all round team performance, with performances led by “A” string wins for Tim Abeyie and Alasdair Strange.
Beijing Olympic finalist, Sarah Claxton was not able to reproduce her heat form in Berlin in the semi-finals of the 100mH. Having recorded a season's best of 12.86 secs to qualify for the semi-finals, Sarah would have required to break the British record by by 0.9 secs to repeat her Beijing achievement and qualify for the final. Sarah placed eighth in 13.21 secs (+0.3).
Sarah Claxton this evening qualified for the semi-finals of the women's 100m Hurdles,placing 4th in her heat with a season's best of 12.86 secs (+0.1). Olympic finalist Sarah was the 10th fastest qualifier, and this was her 3rd fastest time ever. On Sunday, Tosin Oke, representing NIgeria, aquitted himself very well in the triple jump qualification, as the former European junior champion improved his personal best and WGwEL Club record by 1cm with a leap of 16.87m (+0.5). In the heats of the 3000m s/ch,Youcef Abdi, the Olympic 6th placer, representing Australia, went out after clocking 8m49.88 secs.