Saturday, 14 July 2012


British 200m champion James Ellington will contest the Diamond League 200m at Crystal Palace this afternoon with coach John Powell in Barcelona expressing his pride in David Bolarinwa's efforts in the World Junior Championships.
The Barcelona Olympic Stadium hosts the World Junior Championships 
"Make no mistake," said John, "that was a classy 200m final even for a World Championships, and I am immensely proud of David's efforts here.  He beat the fastest junior in the world to get to the final, and he equalled his lifetime best time in that final.  You can ask no more."

What has developed into a thoroughly remarkable year for Powell, moves on at a pace this weekend, with new-born Olympian James Ellington appearing in front of a home London crowd this afternoon, but he is a little less than happy.

"As British champion and a member of TeamGB going to the Olympics," he said, "I was a little disappointed that I got dumped in lane 2.  I'll have to get on with it, but I was expecting a little better, I must admit."

Meanwhile, back in Spanish lands, training partner David Bolarinwa will be added to the British junior 4 x 100m relay team this evening in the World Junior final, which could yet yield a medal.

A quartet without him (he was on 200m duty last night) qualified for the final with the second fastest time ever by a British Junior squad.  They clocked 39.09s, with the foursome of Tyrone Edgar, Tim Benjamin, Dwayne Grant and Mark Lewis-Francis, having timed 39.05s back in 2000 in the same championships in Santiago, Chile.

"They can go inside 39 seconds today," said John Powell, "and they will probably have to in order to stay in front of the Japanese and the United States.  They are the main threats, but a medal of some description should be on the cards as long as hey get the baton round!"
The Barcelona Olympic Stadium

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