Athletics: Double win for Mohammed in final outing

Mukhtar Mohammed won two events in the final British League (Premier Division) clash.
Mukhtar Mohammed won two events in the final British League (Premier Division) clash.
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A great performance by City of Sheffield saw them take third place in the final British League (Premier Division) clash at Hendon on Saturday.

It meant that they finished third in the final table behind City of Manchester and Shaftsbury Barnet, remarkable considering they were in a four way fight for survival in the top flight.

The star for Sheffield was Mukhtar Mohammed. Ranked number three in the country over 800 metres, he was making his first appearance of the season in the league and duly obliged with a win in 1:51.11. He then lined up in the 1500 metres and won that as well in 3:50.12, Sam Ellis was runner up in the B 800 in 1:54.65 whilst Lee Emanuel was second behind Mohammed in the 1500 in 3:51.35 making these two events massive points scorers for Sheffield.

Emanuel was also a close third in the 3000 (8:22.78) with Matt Bowser winning the B race for Sheffield in 8:31.33. Bowser was also fourth in the steeplechase (9:16.0) with Howard Wood runner up in the B race (9:43.4)

In the field events the pole vault produced the expected maximum points for Sheffield through Luke Cutts (5.20) and Nick Cole who set a new personal best of 4.90 to win the B event. And there was a win in the javelin for the consistent Joe Dunderdale who found 69.54 good enough to win by over a metre.

Daniel Gardiner, long jump winner in the last match, was runner up this time with 7.46. Rick Yates ran well for Sheffield in the 400 metres clocking 47.32 for third place whilst the 400 metres hurdles was a good event for Sheffield. Jack Houghton was third in 53.27 with Steve Garrett finishing second in the B race in 53.13.

Although the host club Shaftsbury Barnet won the match, City of Manchester (Sale) won the title.

Match score: 1 Shaftsbury Barnet 366; 2 City of Manchester 319; 3 City of Sheffield 308.5; 4 Newham and Essex 284; 5 Woodford Green/Essex Ladies; 6 Birchfield 232; 7 Enfield and Haringey 224; 8 Herne Hill 172.

Final League Positions: 1 Manchester 29; 2 Shaftsbury Barnet 28; 3 Sheffield 18; 4 Enfield 17.5; 5 Newham 16 (1041); 6 Birchfield 16 (1027); 7 Woodford Green 15.5; 8 Herne Hill 4

Sheffield-based sprinter Louise Bloor was in good form for her club, Trafford, winning the 100 (11.59) and 200 (23.86) in the WK Women’s League match at Blackheath.