ATHLETICS: Blair bounces back from Olympic disappointment

Luton athlete Jo Blair was victorious at the CAU Inter County Championships, which included the English Senior Championships held in Bedford at the weekend.

Friday, 5th August 2016, 3:00 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 8:25 pm
Luton AC's Jo Blair on the podium

The 30-year-old, who recently missed out on qualifying for the Olympic Games in Rio, easily saw off the challenge of Kike Oniwinde to throw 52.69m, winning by over four metres.

Blair had also been in action recently in Leiria Portugal for an international throws meeting, as her distance of 51.44m was enough to comfortably take first place

The Lutonian’s only goal left this year is to get the one metre needed to claim the number one spot in the country which is currently held by Goldie Sayers, then knuckle down and start preparations for London 2017.

>> Luton sprinter Gerald Matthew reached the final of the 200m at the Senior Championships in Bedford.

In his first heat, Matthew, whose PB is 21.11secs this season, managed 21.22secs to ensure qualification for the next stage.

He then clocked 21.26secs in the semi-final to reach the final, where he managed 21.49secs to finish in sixth place, with Antonio Infantino winning gold in 20.64secs.

Fellow Luton athlete Sabrina Bakare went in the heats of the 400m, winning her race in 55.39secs.

In the triple jump, Luton’s Shanara Hibbert hit the runway in the triple jump, as her distance of 11.85m saw her finish eighth.

Hibbert has also been in action recently in the East Anglian League long jump, winning her A event in a distance of 5.34m, plus triumphing in her triple jump event too, leaping 11.35 to win the A-string event.

>> Fellow Lutonian Revee Walcott-Nolan travelled to Ireland for the Le Cheile International at the weekend as in the 800m, she finished second in a time of 2.04.28mins.

The week before, the 23-year-old went in the BMC Grand Prix in Oxford as she clocked 2.03.17mins to finish second in the A-string event.

Before that, she went in the BMC Grand Prix meet in Solihull, as her time of 2.03.48mins was enough for a third place finish