Thames Valley Harriers ace Clark ‘in shock’ after 400m best at Anniversary Games

PUBLISHED: 16:00 23 July 2018

Great Britain's Zoey Clark reacts after the women's 400m during day two of the Muller Anniversary Games at The Queen Elizabeth Stadium, London (pic John Walton/PA)

Great Britain's Zoey Clark reacts after the women's 400m during day two of the Muller Anniversary Games at The Queen Elizabeth Stadium, London (pic John Walton/PA)

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Thames Valley Harriers Zoey Clark left London Stadium in a happy state of mind after lowering her personal best at the Muller Anniversary Games on Sunday, writes Ziad Chaudry.

The 23-year-old clocked 51.35secs in the women’s 400m, which was won by Jamaica’s Stephenie Ann McPherson.

The 2018 Commonwealth Games bronze medalist registered 50.85, beating fellow Jamaican Anastasia Le-Roy (50.85) and USA’s Courtney Okolo (50.93) into second and third, respectively.

“I’m super happy and I’m really in shock to be honest,” said Clark who improved her 11-month mark from last year’s world championships by 0.46secs.

“It felt like a nice steady race. I was just moving on the outside but I wouldn’t have thought it felt like a PB so I’m thrilled.”

Aberdeen-born Clark is set to compete in the British 4x400m relay squad at the European Championships which takes place in Berlin, Germany in two weeks time.

“It’s always going to be difficult this year’” she added.

“I’ve had such a busy season with World Indoors and Commonwealth Games, so I think the relays will be great to be honest. I think the individuals might even be pushing it, so what ever comes along I’ll be happy.”

Clark had competed at the inaugural Athletics World Cup event at the very same stadium a week earlier, alongside her fellow TVH colleagues, the British women’s long jump champion Lorraine Ugen and British shot put champion Amelia Strickler.

“The girls are bringing it for TVH,” Clark added.

“Last week at the World Cup having three of us there was amazing.”

Ugen, having won her long jump event at the World Cup when she captained the GB squad, finished second behind her British team-mate Shara Proctor in a tight women’s competition.

Her 6.88m effort was just three centimetres short of her rival and 26-year-old Ugen – who has a best of 7.05m – feels she need to be on her top form come European Championships time.

“Coming into Europeans I need to be more disciplined because I can’t be fouling because those jumps seemed to be going a long way,” said Ugen.

“You have to stay cool because it’s easy to get frustrated and worry that you won’t get the jumps in and I have to work on that.”

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