• UK Trials & Championships, Day Two

Ennis & Chambers claim sprint titles

ESPN staff
February 12, 2012
Jessica Ennis took victory in the 60m hurdles © PA Photos

Jessica Ennis, Hannah England, Dwain Chambers and Jeanette Kwakye all put in eye-catching performances on the second and final day of the UK Trials & Championships.

All four won their respective finals on Sunday, with Ennis and Kwakye also setting stadium records at the English Institute for Sport.

Heptathlete Ennis followed up Saturday's victory in the high jump with an impressively dominant victory in the women's 60m hurdles - romping home ahead of Gemma Bennett in a time of 7.95 seconds. Kwakye, meanwhile, reasserted her position at the forefront of British women's sprinting with a slim victory over rising star Jodie Williams, pipping the teenager by less than a tenth of a second as she won in 7.20s.

"I'm really pleased," said Ennis. "It shows winter training has gone well and I'm looking forward to [March's World Indoor Championships in] Istanbul."

Earlier in the day England, the current world silver medallist over 1500m, claimed victory in the women's 3000m, before Chambers brought down the curtain on an encouraging two days of British athletics with victory in a hotly-contested men's 60m.

The ever-divisive Chambers edged Andrew Robertson on the line to take victory in a time of 6.58s, with Harry Aikines-Aryeetey rounding out the podium. That meant Christian Malcolm had to settle for a fourth-place finish, with Mark Lewis-Francis last of the seven athletes that made it to the start line.

"At my age, it is a privilege to be running that fast," Chambers said. The sprinter is still to hear if he will be eligible to compete at London 2012, adding: "I can't do anything about that. I just need to concentrate on my athletics."

That was not the end of the strong displays, however. Pole vaulter Holly Bleasdale, who shot into London 2012 medal contention with the fourth-best vault of all-time last month, proved her dominance over the rest of her compatriots, setting a stadium record with a vault of 4.70m - 33 centimetres higher than her nearest competitor, Katie Byres.

With victory sewn up the 20-year-old preceded to attempt a British record at 4.89m, but failed on all three occasions.

"I'm really happy to be jumping consistently at 4.70m," Bleasdale noted. "I'm training harder, lifting heavier weights, doing more sprinting and working on my technique. I love competing in big stadiums, I thrive off it."

Another stadium record fell in the men's 800m, as rising Welsh star Joe Thomas burst clear of the field to win in a time of 1 min 47.26s.

Dwain Chambers claimed another victory in the men's 60m © Getty Images

Elsewhere, Shana Cox took victory in an intriguing women's 400m - engineering a clear victory over Nadine Okyere, who thrust herself firmly into Team GB plans by reaching the qualifying standard for Istanbul with a run of 53.01s. Nicola Sanders was narrowly beaten down into third. In the 800m, Marilyn Okoro completed an expected victory over Tara Bird.

Shara Proctor claimed the women's long jump as JJ Jegede nearly reached eight metres in winning the men's version, while Nigel Levine edged Michael Bingham to claim the men's 400m and Andrew Pozzi won the men's 60m hurdles.

Finally, Clara Gibson led the women's 1500m from start to finish, while Lewis Moses won the men's equivalent.

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