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Angelita's season hits a hurdle

PUBLISHED: 17:26 18 August 2010 | UPDATED: 16:40 20 September 2010

An afternoon to forget: Angelita Broadbelt Smith

An afternoon to forget: Angelita Broadbelt Smith

ANGELITA Broadbelt-Blake is determined to get back on the right track as her busy weekend ended in disappointment at the Aviva London Grand Prix, writes Ziad Chaudry. In her first venture with a world-class field, the 24-year-old Thames Valley Harrier fro

ANGELITA Broadbelt-Blake is determined to get back on the right track as her busy weekend ended in disappointment at the Aviva London Grand Prix, writes Ziad Chaudry.

In her first venture with a world-class field, the 24-year-old Thames Valley Harrier from White City could not match the crème-de-la-crème trio of Canada's world silver medallist Priscilla Lopes-Schliep, world indoor champion Lolo Jones and two-time US champion Virginia Crawford during her 100m hurdles heat on Friday evening.

Broadbelt-Blake finished down the pecking order in seventh with a time of 13.54secs.

But the real downer came on Sunday at Bedford International Games. Despite starting well Broadbelt-Blake, a runner-up at this year's UK Championships, heavily hit two hurdles while slumping to fourth place in 13.64secs behind winner Gemma Bennett (13.31), Sara McGreavy (13.52) and Zara Horn.

"It wasn't a good run - I'm not happy with it," said a disappointed Broadbelt-Blake.

"I started well but after hurdle three it all went into poop! I hit two hurdles down which something I don't do ever.

"The Crystal Palace race wasn't appalling so that was ok but I did expect to run quicker at Bedford especially coming out from Friday's race but it just didn't work out I'm afraid.

"I just have to put my head down and get back into training. My next race will be in Amsterdam on August 28 so I just need to focus on that right now.

"Hopefully if I'm going to the Commonwealth Games then I don't really want to be competing in September because I want to do some serious training - that's the plan".

Also at Crystal Palace Harlesden's Abi Oyepitan was last placed seventh in her 200m sprints with USA's reigning world champion Allyson Felix triumphing in 22.37secs followed by Debbie Ferguson-Mckenzie of Bahamas (22.88) and Jamaica's 100m relay gold medallist Sherone Simpson (23.04).

But Neasden's European 4x400m bronze medallist Marilyn Okoro pulled out of her 800m event due to injury.


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