MELISSA’S MILE MO­MENT

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LIKE the 500m, the mile event of­fered the op­por­tu­nity for a clash of ath­letes from a range of spe­cial­ist dis­ci­plines. While Kenya’s world 1500m semi-fi­nal­ist Winny Che­bet might have been con­sid­ered the favourite, Melissa Court­ney’s ‘give it a go’ ap­proach paid off as she ended her sea­son with a win.

Af­ter a well-judged race the re­cent Welsh 3000m record-breaker, who fin­ished fifth in the World Univer­sity Games 1500m in Taipei, clocked 4:33.83 ahead of Che­bet’s 4:34.42. Drop­ping down in dis­tance, Bri­tish steeplechaser Rosie Clarke also im­pressed in third in 4:34.96.

“I’m so happy to fin­ish this sea­son on such a pos­i­tive note,” said Court­ney. “I think Winny Che­bet was def­i­nitely one of the firm favourites but I had a re­ally good run on Wed­nes­day night so I knew I was in a good shape. I thought, ‘just go for it, if it pays off it pays off, if it doesn’t then what have I got to lose?’”

Af­ter a break, her fo­cus will turn to se­cur­ing her spot on the Welsh team for the Com­mon­wealth Games in Gold Coast, with the 1500m and 5000m the aim.

Melissa Court­ney: mile win

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