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Athletics: Aviva London Grand Prix Day 2, watch video footage

July 27, 2008

It was a good day for both Marilyn Okoro and Kelly Sotherton on day two of the Aviva London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace.

In the women’s 800m Marilyn Okoro smashed her PB by 0.31 of a second to win the race in 1.58.46 in front of a delighted home crowd. Fellow Brits Jenny Meadows and Jemma Simpson finished fifth and eighth respectively.

Kelly Sotherton started the day in first position in the women’s four event challenge. She extended her lead with a solid shot put performance that saw her finish second behind Laurien Hoos of Holland.

In the final of the four events, the 200m, Sotherton also finished second ensuring she stayed top of the final leader board with 3964 points ahead of USA’s Gi Gi Johnson’s on 3813.

Goldie Sayers put in a solid performance in the javelin, finishing second behind Germany’s Christina Obergfoll. While in the women’s 100m hurdles Sarah Claxton could only manage a seventh place finish, despite a good race that was won by USA’s Lolo Jones in 12.58.

In the women’s 3000m race, Laura Kenney ran a PB and finished third with a time of 8.57.39. It was the first time Kenney has broken the nine minute barrier. World Junior 1500m champion Steph Twell ran a good race and finished fifth 8.58.45. Jennifer Rhines of USA finished first in 8.53.26.

In the Women’s High Jump Steph Pywell cleared 1.89m on her way to fifth place while in the Women’s discus Emma Carpenter led the way with a throw of 55.16, to take first at the London Grand Prix.

Louise Hudson, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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