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Martyn Rooney storms to 400m national title

Martyn Rooney

Rooney powers to easy 400m win

Martyn Rooney stormed to victory in the 400m final at the European Trials and UK Championships in Birmingham.

Rooney equalled his season-best 44.99 seconds to seal his place in the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team for July's European Championships.

Michael Bingham, who has secured the A qualifying mark of 45.55, was second (45.67) to join Rooney on the team, with Conrad Williams (45.76) third.

The fastest two athletes are selected, providing they have ran the A standard.

Robert Tobin, who still has a chance of selection after achieving the B standard, came in fourth in 45.84.

Croydon Harriers runner Rooney, the joint fastest European over the distance this season, admitted he was worried by Bingham's challenge early in the race before he pulled clear in the finishing straight.

"I ran well," said the 23-year-old. "I think there are bits of it that weren't amazing but I'm happy with the result.

"I definitely think Bingham pushed me and I thought 'Oh, here we go, we've got a race,' but I knew I was strong and I just had to do my job.

"It's a friendly rivalry between us all and it's good to have people pushing you."

Swansea'sDavid Greene, one of Britain's major medal hopes at the Europeans in Barcelona, successfully defended his 400m hurdles title and confirmed his spot on the team when running 48.77 - lowering his own European-leading time by 0.19secs.

"It's always good to defend your title and I ran faster this year than last year and it's a season best," said Greene. "It's pretty windy out there but it was a very good performance, I'm very pleased."

The A standard continued to elude another Welshman, Rhys Williams, as he finished second in 49.76, while Richard Yates (50.07) came in third.

William Sharman ran a season's best 13.45 to deny Andy Turner his fifth national title in the 110m hurdles by a mere three-hundredths of a second, as both men booked their place in the team. Lawrence Clarke (13.75) took the bronze medal.

William Sharman

Hurdler Sharman turns tables on Turner

"Andy may have been second here but I still fancy him for the Europeans," said Sharman, who was a shock fourth at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin.

"I think we are both among the top hurdlers in Europe but you have to bring your 'A' game on the day and anything less than that will cost you. One mistake and the race is over."

Michael Rimmer, another Briton with high hopes of a medal in Spain and the only starter in the final with the 1:45.40 A time under his belt, ran 1:47.22 to easily win the 800m title.

Gareth Warburton (1:48.31) took second and Darren St Clair (1:48.50) third.

There was a surprise in the men's 200m final when 31-year-old Christian Malcolm won in a season-best 20.78, ahead of second-placed Marlon Devonish (20.85) and Jeffrey Lawal Balogun (20.89).

Leon Baptiste, the only starter with the A standard, missed his chance to book his ticket to Barcelona when finishing fourth in 20.90.

Laura Turner, who won the 100m on Saturday, completed a sprint double with victory in the 200m in 23.66 ahead of second-placed Elaine O'Neill (23.83).

Jemma Simpson (2:01.50) secured her place on the team when she became the women's 800m champion in the absence of the quickest qualifier for the final, Jenny Meadows.

World bronze medallist Meadows pulled out of the race with a tight calf after her semi-final win on Saturday. Vicky Griffiths took silver in 2:02.37 and Marilyn Okoro (2:02.44) the bronze.

As expected, world champion and 2008 Olympic silver medallist Philips Idowu retained his triple jump title with a leap of 17.12 metres, while Goldie Sayers won an unprecedented eighth straight title in the javelin with a throw of 58.60m.



see also
Parker looks to build on UK win
28 Jun 10 |  Athletics
Ohuruogu misses out on Euro place
06 Jul 10 |  Athletics
Chambers wins 100m national title
26 Jun 10 |  Athletics
Chambers quickest at Euro Trials
25 Jun 10 |  Athletics
Ennis misses trials with a virus
25 Jun 10 |  Athletics
Rooney wins thrilling Euro 400m
19 Jun 10 |  Athletics
Stunning Chambers wins Euro 100m
19 Jun 10 |  Athletics
Athletics on the BBC
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