ATHLETICS: Clarke boosted by re-think at European Championships

Lawrence Clarke (right) during the men's 110m Hurdles heats with France's Dimitri Bascou (left) in the European Championships

Lawrence Clarke (right) during the men's 110m Hurdles heats with France's Dimitri Bascou (left) in the European Championships

First published in Sport

A CHANGE in approach helped Lawrence Clarke as he safely progressed into tonight’s 110m hurdles semi-final in the European Athletics Championships.

The athlete from Christmas Common, near Watlington, eased through in Zurich by finishing third in his heat yesterday morning.

It came after a disappointing performance in the Commonwealth Games last month, where the 24-year-old finished last in the Glasgow final.

It prompted a re-think from Clarke, who said: “The last six weeks have gone very badly in terms of my races so I had a session on Friday when I re-evaluated the game plan.

“I am now not thinking about the hurdle at all – just thinking about running in between – quite the opposite of Glasgow, where I seemed to hit every hurdle.

“It seems to have paid off as I didn’t think I was pushing it to get in the top three and I ran 13.46, which is 0.4 quicker than in the Commonwealth Games final (13.84).”

The semi-final is at 6.15pm this evening, with the final at 8.50pm.

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