Rimmer looks to Moscow after sixth national title

14 July 2013 / 15:19

Michael Rimmer is not getting carried away after winning a sixth 800m national title at the Sainsbury's British Championships in Birmingham.

Olympic champion and world record holder David Rudisha will be absent from the World Championships in Moscow where Rimmer believes he's in the shape to finally make the final at the fourth attempt.

"I need to get some good training in before Moscow," he said, after holding off Mukhtar Mohammed to win in 1:47.79. 

"Leading into this race I’ve been the most consistent that I’ve ever been but even without Rudisha it’s going to be tough going in Russia. 

"I’ll take one race at a time. Obviously I’ve got goals but I'm not getting ahead of myself.

"My preparation hasn’t been the best with getting injured. It was the worst possible race in some ways, scrappy, pushing, dodging and weaving but I got through it."

Brett Morse claimed his first British title but insisted his best was still to come.

Last year's the men's discus was the most competitive event in British athletics - with four men jostling for three slots on the Olympic team.

But national record holder Lawrence Okoye is now attempting to crack the NFL while Carl Myerscough and Abdul Buhari were both absent at the Alexander Stadium - giving Morse a clear run at the title.

He duly threw a best of 62.05 metres to take gold by nearly eight metres - though he insisted he was in the shape to better the 66.84m personal best he set in Cardiff last month.

"I'm just relieved because I've guaranteed selection for the World Championships but I'm a bit disappointed with the distance and performance," said Morse.

"I'm in much better shape than I've shown here and training has been going really well. I really think I'm in the condition to get a big personal best in Moscow."

Eilish McColgan clocked 9:56.02 as she retained her 3,000m steeplechase title to book her spot on the plane to Russia. 

But she admitted it wasn't easy.

"The past four weeks have been a total nightmare for me as I am carrying a calf niggle," she said. 

"I was actually told not to race but I knew that the only way I could cement my definite place in the team, so I’ve sort of gone against what they told me.

"I was determined to be on the start line, I wanted to race. It’s just pure relief that I managed to get round unscathed and also that I managed to win it."

Elsewhere, Sally Peake's clearance of 4.23m secured the women's pole vault title in the absence of injured Olympic finalist Holly Bleasdale while Julian Reid's 16.79m edged out Nathan Douglas to claim the men's triple jump by five centimetres.

Rosie Semenytsh threw 49.76m to win the women's javelin while there were race walk wins for Bethan Davies and Alex Wright.

Steph Twell won the women's 5,000m in convincing fashion while Nigel Levine ran a season's best 45.23 secs to claim the 400m.

"I’m super happy to win the senior trials for the first time," said Twell. 

"Most of my races this season have pretty much been time trials and me racing against myself, so it’s fantastic to have a championship race and when the girls were running with me. I just wanted to see how hard they would go, and I was able to respond."

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