Day 2 at the UK Aviva Athletic’s Championships

30 Jul

Ennis and Chambers were amongst the winners on day 2 of the UK Championships in Birmingham. But it was Perri Shakes-Drayton who shone most in the Saturday sunshine.

Fresh from graduating university, her fixation is now focused on her running. With the World Championships this year, and of course the Olympcs in London next, she couldn’t be looking in much better shape.

Known best as a 400m hurdler, it was the heats for that event where she kicked off this afternoon. She was cool. She eased through as her heat winner- and with that attention turned to the evenings 400m final.

A field including Cox, Mcconnell, Sotherton and Ohurogu did little to put off the confident Shakes-Drayton. She cruised home in 51.52 seconds in front of a decent crowd at the Alexander Stadium.

Now crowned UK 400m Champion, she’ll be hoping to do the same in the 400m hurdles tomorrow. I wouldn’t bet against her.

Elsewhere, as ever, there was lots of attention on Jessica Ennis. And, as ever, she had a busy day.

She set a PB in the shot put on her way to a seventh placed finish before easily winning her 100m hurdle’s heat. Then, before the final of the hurdles, she had time to win the women’s high jump.

The hurdles final was built up as a great spectacle. Ennis v newly adopted Brit Tiffany Porter. Unfortunately for Ennis, it was Porter who won this one. Easily in reality.

Second was by no means a poor effort from the heptathlete though, who must be one of GB’s brightest prospects for 2012.

The men’s 100m always draws plenty of attention, and that was no different this afternoon. Chambers won a final which saw Craig Pickering pull out before the race and Mark Lewis-Francis disqualified for a false start.

Chambers time of 10.09 edged out Harry Aikines Aryeetey (10.14) and Marlon Devonish (also 10.14).

Steve Lewis looked good on the way to his pole vault win and another adopted Brit Julian Reid took the honours in the long jump.

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