6th August 2018
SEVEN SET TO KICK OFF BRITISH CHARGE AT EUROPEANS
Chris Bennett (coach: Michael Jones; club: Shaftesbury Barnet) has the honour of kick starting Great Britain & Northern Ireland’s charge at the European Championships as the first member of the 100-strong team to compete at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin.
Bennett has been drawn in Group A in qualifying in the men’s hammer and will be introduced at 16:05 CEST. Anything over 76m, 0.50m higher than the automatic mark at last year’s World Championships, will secure a place in the 12-strong final on Tuesday with Bennett’s season’s best at 75.11m.
He will have company in the hammer from Commonwealth champion and world No.3 Nick Miller (Tore Gustafsson; Border) who has been drawn in Group B, starting at 17:30 CEST in the Olympic Stadium in Berlin.
Miller threw an impressive British record of 80.26m on the way to the Commonwealth title in April in Australia, a throw that would have won world gold in 2017, and has surpassed 76m four times in total this season.
In between, Dan Bramble (Frank Attoh; Shaftesbury Barnet) and Feron Sayers (Aston Moore; Birchfield Harriers) will take to the runway for qualifying in the men’s long jump from 16:35 CEST. Both need to jump beyond 8m to secure a place in the 12-strong final on Wednesday, which is more than achievable.
Bramble leapt a season’s best of 8.15m at the Müller Anniversary Games last weekend while Sayers, who is making his senior British international debut, hit 8.05m less than two months ago in Switzerland.
All three British men entered into the 100m – Reece Prescod (Jonas Dodoo; Enfield & Haringey), Zharnel Hughes (Glen Mills; Shaftesbury Barney) and CJ Ujah (Stuart McMillan; Enfield & Haringey) – have secured automatic passage into the semi-finals courtesy of their ranking, meaning no need for the heats.
Indeed, Daryll Neita (Dodoo; Shaftesbury Barnet) will fly the flag for Britain’s sprinters as she takes to the track for the women’s 100m heats from 17:45 CEST. She will line up in heat two of three with the first three in each heat and next four fastest qualifying.
Olympic bronze and world silver medallist Neita is the fastest in her heat with a 11.19 season’s best and achieved Britain’s best ever finish in the women’s 100m at a World Championships in London last year.
Team captain and world, European and Commonwealth gold medallist Dai Greene (Benke Blomkvist; Swansea) will open his campaign at 17:05 CEST in the first of four heats of the men’s 400m hurdles. Sebastian Rodger (Stephen King; Shaftesbury Barnet) is in heat two with the first two and next fastest five progressing.
Meanwhile Charlotte Arter (Chris Jones; Cardiff) has unfortunately had to withdraw from the women’s 10,000m as she manages an ankle injury.