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Athletics - 23. July 2016.

Athletes Quotes Day 1 Anniversary Games

 

Winner: Kendra Harrison (USA) – 12.20 WR

 


To hear people call me a world record holder , it sounds remarkable. I wanted to come out here and show the world that I still have it even though I won't be going to the Olympics. I had to give it all I had.

 

Initially I saw 12.5 and I was just happy to come out here and win. I was so happy when it came up and I was feeling really blessed. It shows that even if you don't go out there and make the team, you have to keep going and be strong. I just ran my best and look what happened.

 




400m Hurdles

Winner: Dalilah Muhammad (USA) – 53.90



I'm ok with it but I wish the time was a bit faster, but I am running on tired legs. I've run 52.8 this year so I know I'm capable of going faster. The stadium was great to compete it, a lovely atmosphere and perfect preparation heading into Rio.

My attention now turns to Rio, I'm definitely where I want to be at the moment.

Fourth place: Eilidh Doyle (GBR) – 54.70

I just felt a bit tired coming into the home straight, the opposite to how I felt in Monaco (Diamond League). I clashed arms with someone after the final hurdle and that threw me. I concentrated a bit too much maybe, and mucked it up really.

I'll watch that back hundreds of times, you learn more from mistakes like that. Those are the races I watch back more. I will be back more confident and look to nail it in the first round of the Olympic Games.




Flash quote 8: Women's 1500m

Winner: Laura Muir (GBR) - 3:57.49 NR



I'm in really good shape and the pace was good. The third lap I just had to keep working hard to make sure I brought it home. The crowd were amazing, I just can't believe it's over and done with already!

Breaking the British record blows my mind a bit. I haven't run a fast 1500m this year so I wanted to go out there and show the world what I can do, I think the performance shows what I'm capable of. My last race wasn't a great one but you can't get much better than tonight.


Flash quote 7: Women’s 100m Hurdles Final

 8th place: Jess Ennis-Hill – 13.04

 

(After semi-final) With the heptathlon, you just go out there to run one good race, so to get the chance to get through and run again is quite a new thing for me but I'm really happy to go through.

 

It is just great to be back here in London - the crowd have been amazing. The cheer when my name was called was just incredible. I so happy to run a season's best and makes me confident with Rio next.

 

(After Final) Unfortunately, I smashed the hurdle and that threw my race. We are only a few weeks away now Rio now so I am excited about competing there.

 


Flash quote 2: Women’s 400m

Winner: Shaunae Miller (BAH) – 49.55 WL (Diamond Race leader)

I'm very pleased and I thank god for the performance. Everything's been going extremely well, my training's been going great.

I put in a lot of work for these competitions so I'm glad to see it's paying off. It was a great feeling as it was my first time competing here at the stadium of London's Olympic Games.

Rio's the next big goal. I'm really looking forward to it and I'm hoping for the best from it.


Fifth place: Christine Ohuruogu (GBR) – 51.05 SB

It is progression but I kind of wanted a bit more. It's not as easy as it looks - I don't just turn up and run a season's best, there has been a lot of work behind it. This season has been a lot of work, it has been hard. But we push on, that is life sometimes. More often or not, it does not go to plan. You have to work with what you have got and make the most of it.



Women's High Jump

Winner: Ruth Beitia (ESP) - 1.98m

I feel very good, four years after the Olympic Games I come back to this famous stadium and it feels amazing to get the 1.98m height.

I am at the top of the Diamond League with 31 points now, and I'm ready for the Olympics.


3rd place: Katarina Johnson-Thompson - 1.95m (Outdoor PB)

It was the best conditions we could have hoped for, I thought it was going to be a bit cold, but it's been good and I'm really pleased to get a PB.

I think the stadium is helping produce all these great performances, the London atmosphere and London crowd make it a special place.


7th place: Morgan Lake (GBR) - 1.92m

I am pretty pleased, my technique was a bit rough so it took a few attempts to actually get up to that height but it's nice to obviously be in the nineties and hopefully I can better it in Rio.

The crowd played a huge part in my third attempt and the noise motivates you to put on a show.

I've got a hard training block coming up, so hopefully in the next couple of weeks' time I will be in the best possible shape.

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