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WITH many athletes understandably focused on Rio preparations and no international championships this summer for the older age group, several of the top under-23s were missing, but the juniors were out in force to attract the eyes of the selectors.

The first eligible athlete in each event guaranteed selection for the IAAF World Under-20 Championships as long as they had the qualification mark.

Ethan Akanni (left): hurdled to top of the European youth rankings

Among those doing so were Imani Lansiquot, who went to fourth on the UK alltime junior list in the 100m with her 11.25, European junior champion Bobby Clay and UK under-20 pole vault record-holder Adam Hague.

These should be podium contenders for the event in Bydgoszcz, Poland, next month when medals will be hard to come by.

Impressing in the under-23 category was Jazmin Sawyers, who was just nine centimetres short of the Olympic qualifying mark. Also setting a championship record was Sophie McKinna in the shot, while Chris Kandu equalled the high jump equivalent.

Above: under-23 400m: Lina Nielsen (899) leads from Nikita Campbell-Smith (736) and Jessie Knight (855)

David King and David Omoregie in the hurdles were others with major senior championship ambitions in action and this pair fought out a keenly contested battle.

U20 3000m: Gus Cockle (in red, 225) wins in 8:20.35

Several under-18s also gained qualifiers for the European Youth Championships to be held in Tbilisi, Georgia, for which no trial is being held. Selection criteria states under-18 athletes who are eligible for both will normally be picked for Georgia over Poland.

Automatic selections were confirmed this week, while the remainder of the team will be picked on July 4. The youth team will be announced on June 27.

U20 men’s 800m: Ben Greenwood (306) leads in a race won by Daniel Rowden (476)



WHILE most of the top athletes in Bedford were focused on Bydgoszcz, Morgan Lake is concentrating on making the Olympics and she did her hopes no harm with a 1.90m victory in the high jump.

The athlete who won the high jump and heptathlon at the World Juniors last time out would love to become an Olympian at the multi-event discipline. However, she has made two failed attempts to gain the qualifying standard this summer already and may have one more try, although she will compete in the high jump at the senior trials this weekend in the knowledge that a top-two place will guarantee a berth in that event at least.

Morgan Lake: cleared 1.90m before attempting 1.95m

“It was solid,” she said. “It’s nice to get the win and anything over 1.90m is good. I had two good attempts at 1.95m, which would have been a PB, but I think it’s a step in the right direction.”

When it comes to heptathlon this year, Lake had a DNF in Gotzis and then scored 5951 in Kladno as she fell short of the 6200 points required for Rio.

“The first one I couldn’t complete, the second I was just kind of seeing where I was at,” she said. “The throws let me down a bit. I was throwing further in practice than I was in the competition. Hopefully I’ve got one more attempt left. I’m not sure where it will be yet.”

Imani Lansiquot (644): moved to fourth on the UK all-time 100m list with 11.25

It may be at the European Championships, for which she has the entry standard, although she will rely on British Athletics’ decision as she does not have their qualification mark.

She added: “It’s really exciting that I have the option to go for the high jump, but my focus is on the heptathlon.”

Hannah Williams: sister of Jodie won the 400m

Under-18 Niamh Emerson and Abby Ward placed second and third with 1.83m and 1.79m respectively. They are first and second on the European youth rankings this year.

Lake was also in action in the long jump, although in the defence of her title, she was just fourth with 5.93m.

That event was won by Eleanor Broome, whose 6.21m was five centimetres short of the mark which leaves her second on the European under-18 list. Holly Mills, who will be another medal contender in Georgia, was runner-up with 6.12m.

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THE BIG INTERVIEW 16 EILIDH DOYLE British hurdler challenging for medals in Rio SPOTLIGHT 22 JASMIN STOWERS Interview with American 12.35 sprint hurdler 28 WHERE ARE THEY NOW? UK all-time marathon No.2 Mara Yamauchi 32 CHAMPION OF YESTERYEAR Bob Cole – the top professional distance runner of a century ago NEWS 6 IAAF uphold Russia ban for Olympics 8 Clean Soviets stake claim for Rio 11 Jama Aden arrested in drugs bust 12 Desiree Henry – GB can win sprint relay 14 Lynsey Sharp says Glasgow is hard to beat 16 Annie Conway wins world mountain gold PERFORMANCE 36 Sports science news 38 Peaking for middle-distance running 40 Club Night – Corby AC 41 Hayley Yelling’s killer training session 42 Product reviews – hydration TALKING POINT 26 Tim Hutchings on empty seats in Oslo, Olympic standards and Caster Semenya PREVIEW 70 British Championships preview ACTION 44 EA U23/U20 CHAMPIONSHIPS Morgan Lake and Imani Lansiquot were both on top form at Bedford 54 DIAMOND LEAGUE Dina Asher-Smith wins in Stockholm RESULTS & FIXTURES 56 Results round-up 75 What’s On – fixtures guide REGULARS 30 YOUNG ATHLETE 34 YOUR SAY 78 QUIZ CORNER 82 DIP FINISH

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