Hazel is thwarted by poor weather
HAVING been thwarted by the weather in her bid to attain the European Championships qualifying mark at the weekend, March athlete Louise Hazel will now return to the scene of her personal best in an attempt to make it to Barcelona.
The former Evening Telegraph Sportswoman of the Year had hoped to get the 6,100 score needed in the high-class World Combined Events Challenge in Gotzis, Austria but the wet conditions means she will have to try again.
Hazel travelled to Austria with her sights solely on the A standard and not even thinking about the B standard of 5,900 but the weather - which also dented world champion Jessica Ennis’ bid to break Denise Lewis’ 10 year-old British record of 6,831 - restricted her to 5,819.
So the 24 year-old will now travel to the Erdgas Combined Events Meeting in Ratingen, Germany, where last year she broke 6,000 for the first time and booked her place in the British team for the World Championships in Berlin.
Having gone on to also break 6,000 in Berlin, Hazel is hoping Germany will again prove lucky for her on the weekend of June 19/20. She said: “On the whole my performances in Gotzis were good, apart from a nightmare high jump, so I’ll now go to Ratingen and hopefully break 6,100.”
Hazel was 21st after the first day with 3,365 points but had a good second day and moved up to 17th.
She was second in her heat of the 100m hurdles in 13,49 but her high jump of 1.55m was the worst of all the competitors.
Hazel sent the shot out to 12.35m before ending the opening day with a 200m victory in 24.31. The second day then proved to be a day of thirds.
She was third in Pool B of the long jump with 5.99m, filled the same position in Pool B of the javelin with 44.13m - just seven centimetres below her personal best - and then crossed the line in third in her 800m race in 2.17.28.
Ennis won the meeting with 6,689, the highest score in the world so far this year.
WERRINGTON Joggers John Herbert finished fourth overall and second veteran in the Corby 5.
The 40 year-old, who has a best of 25.43 set in the final race of the Frostbite Friendly League in March, clocked 26.46 to lead home a large contingent of Werrington athletes.
Werrington were using the event as part of their club championships with Michael Moore finishing 13th in 27.43.
The city club won the women’s team prize thanks to Stephanie Cooper, Ann Wood and Judith Thomas.
Herbert will take on inform Stamford Strider Mark Greenwood in the Woodall Spa 10k on Sunday.
DENIED BY THE WEATHER: Louise Hazel.