Bland­ford clinches eighth at Bri­tish Cham­pi­onships

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

Lo­cal ath­letes were in ac­tion at the Bri­tish Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships at Birm­ing­ham’s Alexan­der Sta­dium over the week­end. For­mer Ash­ford AC field star Matt Bland­ford from Char­ing was eighth in the men’s dis­cus on Satur­day. The 20-year-old’s open­ing throw of 51.97m was a sea­son’s best. Now study­ing at Ex­eter Univer­sity, Bland­ford was sec­ond in the shot putt at the Bri­tish Univer­sity Cham­pi­onships in Sh­effield ear­lier this year. Ash­ford AC’s Deb­bie Martin failed to reg­is­ter a mark in the women’s high jump on Satur­day. Jack Green, who came through the ranks at Ash­ford AC and who reached the semi-fi­nals at Lon­don 2012, booked his place at his sec­ond Olympics to end a tur­bu­lent four years. Hav­ing al­ready run the nec­es­sary Olympic qual­i­fy­ing times, the Hythe hur­dler claimed sec­ond place in the 400mH fi­nal on Sun­day de­spite a stum­ble on the fi­nal bend leav­ing him trail­ing Seb Rodger. Green, how­ever, stormed down the straight and fin­ished just 0.04secs be­hind Rodger in 49.49secs and se­cure his place on the TeamGB plane to Rio. Green crashed out in the Lon­don semi-fi­nals and ad­mit­ted: “I’ve def­i­nitely got some un­fin­ished busi­ness. I’ve barely run in the past four years, I have had my time off.” He added: “To­day was a job. Ob­vi­ously I’d like to win but I re­ally don’t care. “I’m go­ing to Rio and that’s what to­day is about. After the last four years, it’s nice just to be go­ing.”

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