26 April 2011
Athletes training overseas and at home in the UK made the most of the long Easter weekend with some solid performances, highlights included:
Tommie "Tiny" Lister Classic, Los Angeles, April 23
Andy Turner (Coach: Lloyd Cowan) continued his good early season form with a clear win in 13.39/-0.3 which with the small headwind was probably a superior performance to his top McCain Power of Ten ranking performance 13.37/0.6 of the week before.
His compatriot Gianni Frankis (Coach: Tony Jarrett) was second in 13.90 to go second in the rankings.
There was a tailwind in the women's 200m helping the 22.85/2.4 win for Abi Oyepitan (Tony Lester) to further confirm her top ranking 23.21/2.0 of the week before and showed she is another in excellent shape for April.
Olympic 400m champion Christine Ohuruogu (Lloyd Cowan) clocked 23.49w in third.
UCSD Triton Invitational, San Diego, April 23
With his best discus throw for seven years, Carl Myerscough went top of the McCain Power of Ten rankings with 64.37m which placed him third in the competition.
Close behind, Brett Morse (Coach: Nigel Bevan) continued his consistent start to the year well over the 60m line again as he finished fifth with 62.27m.
Dwain Chambers won the 100m in 10.57/-3.4 against a considerable headwind and he won by two metres from Christian Malcolm (Dan Pfaff), who ran 10.81.
Sun Devil Open, Tempe, April 23
Last year's 100m champion Laura Turner (Coach: Linford Christie) finished second in the 100m in 11.54/0.9 to go top of the McCain Power of Ten 100m rankings for 2011.
Relay team regular Conrad Williams (Coach: Linford Christie) set a legal 200m best of 21.29/-3.6 despite the strong headwind and he moved into the top 10 rankings and just edged European Indoor 400m finalist Richard Strachan (also Christie) who set the same time.
Big South Outdoor Championships, Lexington, April 23
Natalie Pearson won a sprint double in 11.61/0.9 and 23.78/1.4 and the 100m time went second in the McCain Power of Ten rankings to Laura Turner.
Salford 10km, April 22
Lauren Howarth (Coach: Bud Baldaro) had a sensational breakthrough victory taking almost five minutes off her four year-old PB set at the same race in 2007. She won the race in 32:33, in tenth position overall, by just under three minutes from the 2009 National and Inter Counties runner-up Sarah Tunstall.
Good Friday Throws Festival, Norwich, April 22
Michael Painter (Coach: John Painter) increased his lead at the top of the Under 17 McCain Power of Ten Hammer rankings with a 69.69m throw that moves him into the UK all time top 10. He also won the discus with 48.54m where he currently lies second in the rankings.