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Ujah finishes sixth on Diamond League debut

July 6, 2014 14:03 pm

Great Britain’s Chijindu Ujah finished sixth in the 100m on his Diamond League debut in Paris as his bid for the last remaining sprint place at the European Championships continued.

The 20-year-old is battling it out with the fit-again James Dasaolu, who ran 10.03 seconds to mark his comeback on Thursday, for a place in the GB squad that will travel to Zurich in August.

Ujah has a personal best of 9.96 this season but could only manage a time of 10.20 on Saturday in a race that was won my American Michael Rodgers.

Dwain Chambers and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey are already guaranteed a European spot after finishing in the top two at the British Championships, leaving Ujah and Dasaolu fighting for the third and final spot.

Middle distance runners Laura Muir and Laura Weightman showed just how well they are running right now as both ran personal bests in the women’s 1,500m.

Muir set a new Scottish record and become the fifth fastest Briton over the distance as she clocked 4:00.07 minutes to finish sixth, while Weightman was eighth in a time of 4:00.17.

Shara Proctor, the defending Diamond League champion, just missed out on a medal in the long jump as her best effort of 6.70m was only good enough for fourth.

And Tiffany Porter was also unable to get on the podium in the women’s 100m hurdles, crossing the line in 12.72 seconds to finish fifth.

Niall Flannery could only manage a seventh-place finish in the men’s 400m hurdles and Eilish McColgan finish last in the women’s 3,000m steeplechase.

And wheelchair racer David Weir, who won six gold medals at 2008 and 2012 Paralympic Games, won the men’s 1,500m in 3:18.78 minutes.  

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