Lawrence Clarke and Eilidh Child were two of several British athletes to achieve Olympic A standards in Switzerland
Led by training partners Lawrence Clarke and Eilidh Child, five British athletes achieved Olympic A standards at the AtletiCAGenève meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.
Clarke, the Commonwealth bronze medallist, was just outside his PB in the heats of the 110m hurdles, running 13.43. But, running into a -0.5m/s headwind, he smashed his best in the final with 13.33 to finish second to European silver medallist Garfield Darien, who set a PB of 13.24.
That performance puts Clarke at the top of this year’s UK rankings and sixth on the UK all-time list, knocking down by one place his training partner Andy Pozzi.
Eilidh Child – who, like Clarke, is coached by Malcolm Arnold – was also in PB form. The Commonwealth silver medallist took 0.2 off her own Scottish 400m hurdles record with a time of 54.96, easily inside the Olympic A standard. It puts her at No.7 in the world rankings and top of the 2012 UK lists, ahead of Perri Shakes-Drayton.
The men’s 400m was a particularly good event for British athletes at this meeting. Commonwealth finalist Conrad Williams – who earlier in the day had set a 100m PB of 10.40 – won the one-lap sprint with a personal best of 45.08. Behind him, Luke Lennon-Ford was also inside the Olympic A standard with a PB of 45.23.
In fourth, Richard Buck ran a lifetime best of 45.61 from Chris Clarke (46.06) and Andrew Steele (46.77). Rob Tobin won the second heat in 45.47 – his fastest time for three years – from Louis Persent (45.77).
James Ellington was the fifth British athlete to achieve an Olympic A standard in Geneva. He finished second in the 200m in 20.55, having also clocked 10.40 in the 100m.
Italy’s Simone Collio was the fastest of the day in the short sprint with 10.27. Behind him, European indoor semi-finalist and part-time bobsleigher Joel Fearon equalled his PB with 10.34.
For the second time this season, Ben Sumner dipped under 50 seconds in the 400m hurdles to finish third in 49.64 behind Mozambique’s Kurt Couto (49.22).
Elsewhere, UK indoor champion JJ Jegede won the long jump with 7.81m, while Kelly Massey led a trio of British women under 53 seconds in the 400m. Massey ran 52.58 from Emily Diamond, who set a big PB of 52.69, and Faye Harding (52.95).