Meadows left hoping she has done enough

Jenny Meadows in action at Birmingham last weekend
Jenny Meadows in action at Birmingham last weekend

JENNY Meadows was left bumped, battered, bruised and frustrated at the Sainsbury’s British Championships in Birmingham.

The former world medallist needed a top two finish in the 800m final to guarantee her place at next month’s World Championships in Beijing.

But she was not happy with a race full of nudges and needle, finishing a distant sixth as Scotland’s Lynsey Sharp took the title.

Meadows has banked the times needed for selection but her fate is now in the hands of team officials, who will announce their squad after the Anniversary Games in London later this month.

“It was an awful race and I nearly went down three times and I kept getting tripped up and getting caught but that’s what can happen sometimes,” said Meadows, speaking at the event, a partnership with British Athletics that builds on Sainsbury’s support for the 2012 Paralympics and recognises that sport can unite and inspire children of all ages.

“I’m not disappointed though because training has been going really well and that just isn’t my sort of race.

I am not disappointed in myself but I just really feel that the race being how it was, slow and tactical, it brings a lot of other people into it

Jenny Meadows

“I really want to get myself into a fast race and get the result and time that I know I am capable of.

“I am not disappointed in myself but I just really feel that the race being how it was, slow and tactical, it brings a lot of other people into it.”

Meadows has run inside the 2.01:00 standard on three occasions since January and believes she’s in the shape to be competitive in Beijing, where she was a semi-finalist at the 2008 Olympics.

“The last three weeks training have been brilliant,” she added.

“The whole season is about the World championships and I have got the time three times so hopefully that is going to be enough.”

Leah Barrow did well to join Meadows in the final but finished seventh in 2:04.15.

There was medal success for Wigan Harriers, with Alexandra Russell finishing third in the triple jump. The 25-year-old set a new personal best of 13.05 to claim the bronze medal – just 3cm behind the second-placed athlete.

Elsewhere, Dani McGifford jumped 5.86m to finish seventh in the women’s long jump and Harry Coppell failed to register a height in the pole vault.

Emily Borthwick, 17, was 9th in the highjump, leaping 1.65m – 15cm below her season best.

Fellow Wigan Harrier Micaela Brindle, 21, was 6th in her 100m hurdles heat, with 14.82.

And Adam Harvey was fifth in his heat in the 400m with a season best time of 48.50.

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