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St.Mary’s Athlete’s impress in Birmingham

Charlie Grice lining up for the Men's 1500m
Published: 16 Feb 2014

Round up of the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix Athletics

 The Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix Athletics meeting held on Saturday 15th February was the last major indoor event before the world indoor championships in Poland.

It provided the opportunity for locally based athletes to qualify for team GB as well as for international athletes to assess where they are in terms of fitness and competition levels.

St Mary’s University’s Andrew Osagie finished in fourth place in the 800m race and became the second fastest Briton over 800m following in the steps of Lord Sebastian Coe.  This race underlined Osagie's superiority domestically and was some consolation after his disqualification from the British indoor championships in Sheffield last week.

Another St Mary’s based athlete, Charlie Grice ran a personal best in the 1500m that improved his selection hopes for team GB in his on going battle with Chris O’Haire.

There was however concern for British Sprinter James Dasalou despite him winning the 60m final in what was billed as a head to head with France’s Jimmy Vacuit. He pulled up a few metres from the line with a hamstring injury and is now doubtful for the World Championships.

Scotland’s 20-year old star performer, Laura Muir continued her impressive form of 2014, winning the 1500m with a time that put her second on Britain’s all time competitors list behind Kelly Holmes.  She is currently ranked number one at indoors events over 800 metres after her convincing win in Glasgow last month.  She will certainly lead the Scottish team’s challenge in the Commonwealth Games.

In the field events, there was a comeback for 2012 Olympic Champion Greg Rutherford after an injury plagued 2013. He jumped eight metres exactly to come in third place, while Holly Bleesdale continued her impressive pole-vaulting form of 2014 with another victory. Finally Robbie Grabbarz came third in the Men’s High Jump.

Britain's 400m number one, Nigel Levine won the 400m taking the scalp of the London 2012 Silver medalist, Luguelin Santos with Lennon-Ford coming in third with a personal best time.

Arguably one of the highlights of the meeting was the Woman’s 2-mile race where Ethiopian athlete,Genzebe Dibaba  broke the world record by over six seconds.  She missed finishing in less than nine minutes but this was her third world record in 15 days with the previous race distances being the 1500m and 3000m.

The team GB final selection for the 2014 World Indoor championships will be on Tuesday, with the championships in Poland starting on 7th March.

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