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Meadows injury is another headache for selectors after big names pull out.

THERE was worrying news for the British selectors on a weekend already lacking the presence of Christine Ohuruogu and Jessica Ennis - among others - through injury.

World championship bronze medallist Jenny Meadows initially insisted she would be fully fit for today's final of the 800m despite a calf "niggle".

"My calf is very tight," Meadows said after winning her semi-final to seemingly join Marilyn Okoro and Jemma Simpson in the final. "I've had an Achilles problem where my calf tightens up constantly, which is why I got near the front to run an honest pace. In slow races it can get tighter.

"It's not an injury but a niggle, and niggles can be a long process. I felt really comfortable and confident that I will be in top shape for the Europeans."

However, an hour later Meadows announced she would not run in the final as a precautionary measure, apparently at the urging of UK Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee and her husband and coach Trevor Painter.

On the track, Hannah England booked her place on the plane to Barcelona with victory in a desperately slow 1,500m which ended in a last lap sprint.

England, who already had the qualifying time, won in four minutes 33.23 seconds (27 seconds outside the qualifying standard), ahead of Coventry's Celia Taylor and world silver medallist Lisa Dobriskey.

Scotland's Lee McConnell won the 400m in 51.55s, just 0.05 outside the qualifying time, with former world silver medallist Nicola Sanders - another athlete coming back from injury - in second.

"It's a good win but to be 0.05 off the qualifying time is quite disappointing," McConnell said. "I am racing in Madrid next week so hopefully I will get a good race there. It's hard to be chasing times and it's disappointing not to get the time here."

Chris Tomlinson won the long jump with a windassisted best of 8.17m, while Perri Shakes-Drayton won the women's 400m hurdles and Laura Turner pipped veteran Joice Maduaka, 36, to the 100m crown.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jun 27, 2010
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