Louise Bloor admits to a mixture of pride and frustration at the sudden success of Britain’s women sprinters.
Dina Asher Smith, who recently rewrote the national 100m record, leads a new generation of speedsters and duly delivered on her favourites’ tag at the Sainsbury’s British Championships in Birmingham
Bloor - ranked ninth in the UK - has also been clocking some solid times and was just outside her season’s best after finishing fourth in 11.58 seconds yesterday. But it was a bronze medal in the 200m - her first senior national medal - that was the highlight of a busy programme of five races in three days.
“I’m pleased with the whole weekend and I couldn’t have asked for much more,” said Bloor. “I was really happy with the bronze in the 200m and can’t have too many complaints about fourth in the 100m.
“Dina is a totally different breed, she is unbelievable and annihilated the field. She is world class and has potential to do what she wants.
“It’s amazing how much British sprinting has come on, I’m regularly running 11.5 and not getting places which is great for the country but maybe a bit unlucky for me.”
Meanwhile, Jessica Ennis-Hill was all smiles after another solid weekend in her comeback campaign.
The Olympic heptathlon champion is keeping options open about whether to compete at next month’s World Championships in Beijing.
She finished third in her specialty 100m hurdles event on Saturday but admitted some disappointment with the time.
Always self-critical she wasn’t totally happy either with a 39.84 metre best in the javelin, traditionally one of her weakest disciplines.
However, she insisted there would be no decision about going to China until after the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games in London later this month.
“It was disappointing not to get a throw over 40m – I think it is down to consistency, it’s a very technical event,” she said. “The weekend has been great – I enjoyed running in the hurdles but I would have loved to have thrown a bit further and I know I’m capable of throwing further. I’ll get back to training now and I’ll be looking to be competing and banging out 45 metres quite easily.”
Jack Houghton (City of Sheffield) ran a fine race for runner up spot in the 400 hurdles behind Neil Flannery. Houghton clocked 50.60 to hold off former World Champion Dai Greene. Richard Yates (City of Sheffield) was sixth in 51.58.
Elsewhere, Luke Cutts finished fourth in the men’s pole vault after hail and swirling wind made life difficult.
“I’ve got three or four competitions coming up and that’s within the period that I need to qualify (for Beijing) so I’m optimistic,” he said.
Cutts’s Sheffield team mate Adam Hague was also below form finishing seventh with 5.05.
There were fifth places for City of Sheffield’s Joe Dunderdale in the javelin (63.77) and Abigail Roberts in the women’s pole vault (3.75) and for Hallamshire’s Andy Heyes in the 5000 metres (13:57.76).
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