Hazel is thwarted by poor weather

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport - by BOB FRANK

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.


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