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Athletics - 05. March 2011.

European Indoor Championships in Paris

Jenny Meadows (coach: Trevor Painter) impressed in the second semi-final of the 800m leading from gun to tape in an show of confidence and stamina. She controlled the pace and the pack to her liking and ran hard until the line for a 2:00.65 finish.

"That went to plan I wanted to get out there under control and I wanted to win. I'm not trying to put too much onto myself. I just want to come off the track tomorrow look in the mirror and know I've done everything.

Marilyn Okoro (coach: Ayo Falola) was in a favourable position throughout her 800m semi-final .The Lee Valley based athlete held third place at the bell and then battled with both Russian representatives on the final loop which led her to a 2:02.65 third place finish and qualification.

""I had a different head on today and I wanted to be in that final badly. I aimed to keep in the top three and not panic and I stuck to my plan. Anything can happen now, I've got nothing to lose and everything to gain."

Jodie Williams (coach: Mike McFarlane) grasped a place in the final of the 60m with a personal best performance of 7.21. In lane eight, from which it is difficult to be pushed to fast times by the field, she finished the close run semi-final in fourth.

"This morning was hard but I'm calmer this afternoon. I wanted to try and qualify in 4th place and that's what I did. It's always a confidence boost going into a final with a PB."

Bernice Wilson (coach: George Skafidas) was just out of contention in her race, finishing in fifth with 7.28 and losing a place in the final by a whisker.

"Bit gutted but that's how it goes. It was a great experience at my first major champs. It was so close you start to think 100th of a second what if?"

For results and competition information visit: http://www.paris-2011.com/

Saturday 5 March
1300-1630, BBC One; 1630-1700, BBC Two

Sunday 6 March
1300-1730, BBC One; 1400-1645 5 live sports extra

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