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ATHLETICS: Carol's power boosts Godiva.

Byline: JOHN WILKINSON

COVENTRY Godiva collected four senior titles at the Midland Counties championships.

Thrower Carol Parker had a busy time at the Alexander Stadium, winning her speciality shot putt with 13.68 metres as well as finishing third in the discus (36.29) and fourth in the hammer (36.04).

Jackie Spargo retained her long jump crown with a leap of 5.98 metres, and on the track Tina Brown continued her purple patch with a decisive victory over 800 metres - taking control of the race after the break on the first bend and leading all the way to win in great style in 2-08.87.

Sally Olorenshaw finished sixth in the final after running a season's best 2-22.07 in her heat.

Gareth Deacon dominated the mens 5,000 metres, leading from start to finish to win comfortably In 15-26.46 with team-mate Scott Hazell (15- 45.23) in third.

There was bronze for Lil Waters (65.96) in the women's 400m hurdles and Matt Lole (3-56.40) was a close-up fourth in a tactical mens 1500 metres.

Nuneaton Harriers' Sarah Williams totalled 649 points to take gold in the under-13 girls triathlon despite three personal bests for Godiva's Lijana Kaziow who won the 100 metres (13.7) and javelin (15.73) and finished second in the long jump (4.34) for 613 points. Kate Connolly of Sphinx was third on 583.

Now competing first claim for Birchfield Harriers, Coventry's Mike McKernan secured the mens triple jump title with 14.88 metres.

There was a double celebration for Saracens RC's Becky Sanders who, leading from the early stages, romped to the women's 5,000 metres title in 18-51.4 before learning of her selection to represent West Midlands Schools over 3,000m at the English Schools championships in Sheffield next weekend.

Leamington athlete Sara McGreavy won her first outdoor medal of the season with gold in the women's 100 metres hurdles.

McGreavy, who is back from university and training in Leamington for the rest of the summer, set the pace from the first hurdle and took the title in 14.25 against a strong headwind.

Rugby & Northampton AC's Matthew Twigg took silver in the mens discus (49.03) and bronze in the shot (13.79).

A personal best of 11.87 metres gave Cathryn Dale the bronze medal in the women's triple jump, first-year junior Martin Vincent stepped up to land a senior pole vault bronze with a clearance of 4 metres, and Perry Batchelor (15.45) finished second in the 110 metres hurdles.

TRIPLE jumper Gary White broke new ground to win the AAAs under-20 title in a superb competition at Bedford.

Last year's bronze medallist in his first season in the age group, the Rugby 17-year-old added 36 centimetres to his personal best as he stretched out to 14.84 metres in the opening round to lead.

The response came from Tadjou Salou (Newham & Essex Beagles), who moved in front with 14.91 in the second round and then improved to 14.97 with his third atempt.

But White found that little bit extra in round four with another lifetime best of 14.99 metres which proved good enough for the gold medal and took him tantalisingly close to his season's target of breaking through the 15 metre barrier.

Coventry Godiva's Susannah Evans moved up to 3,000 metres in devastating fashion to take the under-23 women's title in 9-53.07, beating silver medallist Eloise Crowley (Cardiff AAC) by the wide margin of 16 seconds.

Coventry University student Dominic King powered to a championship best 42-27.93 for victory in the under-23 mens 10,000 metres walk.

Leamington's Sara McGreavy added another bronze medal to her AAA collection, but it could have so easily been gold as - leading at the first barrier after a trademark start - she had the under-23 100 metres hurdles final under control until clipping the ninth hurdle.

Momentarily losing her balance she then hit the tenth hurdle hard and, overtaken by winner Kate Brewington (Havering Mayesbrook AC), 14.02, and Fiona Harrison (Barnsley AC), 14.03, had to settle for a season's best of14.14 seconds in third.

"I was delighted to get the bronze medal considering I am still recovering from earlier injury problems," said McGreavy who, sponsored by Johnson Controls of Leamington, competes for Sale Harriers Manchester. "But I'm disappointed at hitting the hurdles - they are the first I have touched this year!"

Nicola Robinson of Nuneaton Harriers took the bronze medal in the under- 20 women's 100 metres hurdles in 14.31, just one-hundredth of a second down on second-placed Gemma Bennett (Newham & EB).
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jul 2, 2003
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