JESSICA ENNIS will maintain a low key presence on the athletics scene until the World Championships in South Korea.
Fans had hoped she might appear at the big British event of the year, the Diamond League meeting at Crystal Palace this weekend. But instead the Sheffielder will run in the 100m hurdles at a low-key meeting at Loughborough. “I’ll do one more hurdle race, then I’m going to Daegu, do a bit more fine tuning and then get on with it,” she said, following her medal winning sorties at Birmingham’s Aviva championships.
Lee Doran (City of Sheffield) took gold in the javelin with a PB of 78.63 at Birmingham. Doran, 26, lead from round one when he threw 73.19 and improved that to 73.53. His big throw came in the fourth round and gave him the title by more than four and a half metres. Very consistent, Doran has beaten 70 metres in 10 competitions this year. Just missing qualifying for the final, Matt Hudson (Sheffield) won the 110 metres B race in 14:18.11. Sheffield’s Mukhtar Mohammed, a medal prospect in the 800 metres, fell on the final bend of his heat and came last.
His team mate Steve Evison ran superbly and went even better in the semi final where a personal best of 1:48.82 got him a place in the final.
Evison ran from the front, leading to the 600 mark and running gamely to take fourth place in another personal best of 1:48.1. Luke Cutts (Dearne ATC) is having a disappointing season and failed to clear a height in the pole vault.