The Norwich Union World Trials & UK Championships took place in Manchester from 27 – 29 July with 24 year old Jeanette Kwakye taking double Gold in the women’s 100m and 200m final.
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Kwayke just missed out on a medal in the 60m at the European Indoor Championships hosted by Birmingham earlier this year. Reflecting on the World Trials, she said: “It was a great personal achievement for me to win both events, after five rounds of races Red Bull really helped get me through, it is always a key part of my race preparations.”
The final selections for the World Championships in Osaka, Japan will be made on Tuesday 7 August, with places still up for grabs in the women’s sprints, Jeanette added:
“I was still feeling the effects of a full weekend of racing at the trials when we lined up at Crystal Palace on Friday night (at the Norwich Union London Grand Prix), I just hope that I have done enough as training has been going really well.”
British team-mate Laura Turner took the honours at Crystal Palace setting a new personal best by winning the 100m in 11.37 seconds into a strong head wind, she said: “I had a slow start to the season but I’m getting back now. I was pleased to win on Friday night; we will just have to wait and see what happens now.”
In the first wave of selections by UK Athletics, 21 year old Montell Douglas was the only female sprinter named in the 100m, after her successful campaign at the European Under 23 Championships which resulted in a surprise silver medal in the 100m. But five girls have already been named in the 4 x 100m relay squad for the World Championships and they meet on Monday afternoon for relay practice before travelling with the Norwich Union GB & NI team to Macau next weekend.
The leading British athletes already named for the World Championships include British record holder Goldie Sayers (javelin), European Indoor Champion Nicola Sanders (400m) and heptathletes Jess Ennis and Kelly Sotherton.
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