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Niall Flannery continues winning ways in OstravaJune 17, 2014
Hurdler sets personal best to join likes of Allyson Felix and Bohdan Bondarenko in claiming victory at Golden Spike meeting
Niall Flannery continued his unbeaten streak in 2014 with victory in a personal best time in Ostrava on Tuesday.
The 23-year-old clocked 48.80 at the Golden Spike meeting to beat the likes of Estonia’s European under-23 bronze medallist Rasmus Mägi, who ran 48.87 to better his own national record, and decathlon world record holder Ashton Eaton, who continues this year’s focus on the single event and achieved his target of dipping under 49 seconds for the first time with a 48.94 PB.
After the race Flannery simply tweeted: “#buzzing #cheersguys”.
Flannery, who finished fourth behind Mägi in Tampere last summer and has recently been confirmed part of the England team for the Commonwealth Games this summer, now tops both the European and British rankings, with his time putting him in the top 10 of the British all-time list.
Justin Gatlin was another athlete to continue his unbeaten run this season as the sprinter clocked a world-leading 9.86 100m as Britons Harry Aikines-Aryeetey and Sean Safo-Antwi finised fifth and sixth respectively with 10.19 and 10.21. Competing over double that distance, Olympic champion Allyson Felix added to her win in Oslo with 22.75 to deny Britain’s Bianca Williams who was just 0.04 behind her for a PB.
A best of 2.33m was enough for world champion Bohdan Bondarenko to win the high jump competition, the Ukranian having cleared 2.42m in New York at the weekend before attempting a world record 2.46m, while Vitezslav Vesely won the javelin with 87.38m as three athletes bettered 85m.
There was another impressive run by Caleb Ndiku as the Kenyan enjoyed a runaway 3000m victory in a world-leading and meeting record 7:31.66, while Genzebe Dibaba also clocked a world lead and a meeting record with her 5:27.50 for 2000m but it wasn’t enough to beat the world best of 5:25.36 belonging to Sonia O’Sullivan she is said to have been targeting.
Britain’s Martyn Rooney ran his quickest 400m since May 2012 with his 45.03 for third in a race won by LaShawn Merritt with 44.16, as Hansle Parchment won the 110m hurdles in 13.18 and Renaud Lavillenie won the pole vault with a best of 5.83m.
» Full results from this IAAF World Challenge event can be found here