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ATHLETICS: England and Yamauchi storm to victories
10:00am Monday 28th May 2012 in Sport
OXFORDSHIRE’S Hannah England and Mara Yamauchi raced to victories over the weekend.
And triple-jumper Nathan Douglas made his long-awaited return to competition.
World championship 1500m silver medallist England won on her seasonal debut over that distance in the Fanny Blankers-Koen Games in Hengelo, Holland.
While Yamauchi triumphed in the Bupa London 10,000.
England, who warmed up for Hengelo by winning the 800m in a meeting at Loughborough last weekend, won in a time of 4mins 4.05secs, nearly a second faster than Germany’s Corinna Harrer.
It was a morale-boosting success for England, who beat all the other English athletes with the exception of Lisa Dob-riskey, who was not running.
England’s Oxford City clubmate Douglas, who has been hit by a number of injury problems over recent years, finished seventh in the triple jump, with fellow Brit, Phillips Idowu, winning the event.
Douglas’s only effort to count was his opening leap of 16.46m.
Former Headington Roadrunner Yamauchi, meanwhile, was delighted to win, but disappointed with her time in London.
She set off from the start of the women’s race with a time target in mind, unlike men’s winner Mo Farah.
Aiming to finish in under 32 minutes, the marathon star clocked 32mins 52secs as temperatures rose to the high 20s.
“The time was OK, but I was hoping to run a bit faster. I didn’t feel that fresh,” said Yamauchi, who was sixth in the Great Manchester Run a week ago.
“It was really hot out there on my own. And it was a tough course, with all those corners, and ups and downs.
“It was good to run on the Olympic course, though, and it’s great to get a win on the streets of London with the Olympics just two months away.
“This tells me I’d like to be a bit further on in my preparations, but I’ve just got to train hard. I’m confident I can be in good shape.”
Yamuchi was 15 seconds ahead of her nearest rival, Caryl Mair Jones.
l JESSICA Ennis yesterday answered her critics in resounding fashion by smashing the British heptathlon record of former Olympic champion Denise Lewis in Gotzis.
Ennis amassed 6,906 points, 75 more than Lewis.
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