Aviva Grand Prix

Tha Aviva Grand Prix took place on Saturday and many of the top British athletes took part in this top indoor event. The big names included Jessica Ennis and Mo Farrah.

In the Women’s Pole Vault Holly Bleasdale continued her good form with a solid jump of 4.70m, this jump ensured victory for the Brit as she looks to continue her development ahead of the Olympics later in the year.

In the mens Long Jump JJ Jegede surprised the field with a jump of 8.04m. This puts JJ into the top 10 in the world for this year just ahead of the World Indoor Championships next month.

Another performance of note from a Brit came from Robbie Grabarz in the mens High Jump. Currently ranked 3rd in the world with a jump of 2.34m, Robbie continued his fine form with a jump of 2.32m to claim victory.

In the forth jumping event of the day saw a star performance from Brit Shara Proctor. Proctor has recently changed allegiance to Great Britain as her native Anguilla does not have an olympic committee so could not compete at the olympics. Proctor stole the show from Jessica Ennis, who jumped 6.47m, with a new National Record of 6.80m. This performance by Shara was the performance of the day and will now put her in with a medal chance at the World Indoors.

In the women’s 60m Hurdles Jessica Ennis performed in imperious fashion as she destroyed the filed with a world leading time of 7.87 seconds. Competing against some of the best athletes in the world this will give Ennis great confidence as she looks to the season ahead and in particular the Olympics.

Nigel Levine claimed victory in the mens 400m, after what can only be described as a bizarre instance that saw leader Nery Brenes of Costa Rica trip in the finishing straight when comfortably leading and fall flat on his face.

From BBC Sport: Nery Brenes Trips

Mo Farah failed in his bid for victory in the 2 mile event. Mo running over a shorter distance than usual never seemed to be able to hit the pace needed to compete against those around him. This result will have been a great disappointment for the fans, but I am sure that Farah will have been impressed with his run as he looks ahead to the Olympics and taking on the Kenyans and Ethiopians over longer distances.

Other impressive results at th Aviva Grand Prix saw Asafa Powell defeated by fellow Jamaican Lerone Clarke as he set a new National Record of 6.47 seconde over 60m. Clarke will now look to the summer as the battle to claim a place in the Jamaican National teams heats up with World Record holder Usain Bolt, World Champion Yohan Blake and Powell all except to be in the team already. The men’s 60m hurdles saw China’s Liu Xiang claim a new National Record as he defeated Cuba’s world record holder Dayron Robles in a time of 7.41secs.

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