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Medal wait over at last for Blackheath & Bromley Harriers star
DINA Asher-Smith has finally received her medal six months after being part of the Great Britain team which finished third in the 4x100m at the world championships in Moscow.
The delay for the Blackheath & Bromley athlete was because third place was only confirmed after the late disqualification of the French quartet. The GB team had already left the stadium.
It was all worth the wait, however, as Dina, Ashleigh Nelson, Hayley Jones and Annabelle Lewis were presented with their medals in front of a sell out crowd at the Sainsbury’s British Athletics Grand Prix at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham.
Dina was also competing in the event finishing in fourth place in her heat of the 60 metres in a time of 7.30. Montell Douglas was 7th in 7.40.
In the United States, Jonathan Ilori was just one centimetre off his best when he leapt 15.52 at the Tyson Invitational at Fayetteville. He also recorded 6.94 in the long jump.
More success came at the Southern Counties Veterans Athletic Club championships at Lee Valley. The Club only had three competitors in action but all won gold medals. Helen Godsell enjoyed her first competition in the over 60s age group claiming gold in both the 60 and 200 metre races in times of 8.97 and 30.23. Jackie Montgomery secured the over 45s pole vault title as she cleared 2.50. For the men Peter Hamilton won the over 65s 3000 metres in 11.54.87.
At the Midlands Open Meeting, again at the NIA in Birmingham, Warwick University student Georges Vacharapoulos timed 4.06.88 in the 1500 metres.
Plenty of Club members were in action at the Better Athletics Indoor 60 metre races at Crystal Palace. Fastest of the day was Toby Olubi. Having just missed out on selection for the Great Britain bobsleigh team at the Winter Olympics, he timed 6.87. A number of youngsters achieved personal bests including Isabelle Hilditch (7.96), Harry Taylor (7.92), Mhairi Brooks (8.25), Myles Xavier (8.36), Karina Harris (8.54), Emily Sheppard (8.63), Caelan Raju (8.64) and Ife Okikiade (7.53). For all the latest Club news visit the website at www.bandbhac.org.uk