UKA Olympic Trials Results

Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th June were the UKA trials for the Olympic Games at Birmingham. The club had several athletes invited to compete at the highest possible level domestically and all performed exceptionally;

Day 1: David Greene wins his heat of the 400m Hurdles in a time of 50.80, Paul Bennett runs 53.71 in his 400m Hurdles heat but just misses out on progressing to the final and Chris Gowell just misses out on qualifying for the 1500m final with a heat time of 3.49.09.

Day 2: Caryl Granville qualifies for the 400m Hurdles final with a heat time of 59.22 and club captain Sian Davies finishes 5th in her 400m Hurdles heat with a seasons best of 1.02.12, Chris Gowell runs 1.51.69 in his 800m heat to finish 5th but just misses out on a final spot again, David Greene wins his final of the 400m Hurdles in a time of 49.47 to guarantee his spot in the team for the Olympics by having achieved the UKA "A" standard earlier in the season and by winning the trials. It was great to see David wearing his club vest on TV a great role model for all the juniors in the club and very motivational for them all. David is now the third club member to make it to the Olympics for 2012 . . . . .  Caryl Jones runs an absolute stormer of a race to a new big new club record in 10,000m more than a minute faster than old time with 32.52.53 in 2nd place to be the first British athlete home but  unfortunately did not make London qualifying standard of 31.45.00.

Day 3: Caryl Granville finishes an amazing 5th in the 400m Hurdles final with a time of 58.52 which was a seasons best. Lets hope they can all improve over the next 10 days or so to see if they can move any higher up the UK rankings to get closer to those tough "A" and "B" Olympic qualifying standards UKA have set.

Click here for the full results.

So who are the other 2 club members to make it London before David Greene I hear you ask? Well they won't be actually be competing; Dave Jessett has been a highly qualified field official for many years and is a recently retired PE teacher from Dylan Thomas Secondary School, Dave has officiated in the 2003 World Indoor Championships as chief judge on men's high jump and women's long jump finals and the 2007 European Indoor Championships. Dave is also a member of the ICOG (International Chief Officials Group). As well as being a lead official at London Dave can be found week in week out at grassroots schools and clubs competitions supporting all the judges and parents and does a great job mentoring and training them all. Dr. Mark Davies has been chosen as one of the medical team to be based in the Olympic Village to look after the needs of all athletes form all countries in all sports so will have his work cut out, Mark is one of the clubs dedicated volunteer coaches and can be found coaching High Jump, Sprints and Long Distance every week at the club. Mark has been part of the medical team for UKA at 2 previous World Junior Championships as well as for the Wales U21 football team. Everyone at the club wishes David, Dave and Mark the very best of luck at the Olympic Games your places are very much deserved, well done!