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Sprint star Abi's not happy

PUBLISHED: 16:26 29 July 2009 | UPDATED: 14:39 24 August 2010

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10:  Abi Oyepitan in action during the Womens 100m heats during the AVIVA UK Championships & World Trials at the Alexander Stadium on July 10, 2009 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Abi Oyepitan in action during the Womens 100m heats during the AVIVA UK Championships & World Trials at the Alexander Stadium on July 10, 2009 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

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By Ziad Chaudry STRAIGHT-TALKING Abi Oyepitan branded her 100m performance in Saturday s London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace as terrible . The 29-year-old former World Student Games champion from Harlesden crashed out of the qualifying heat of the sprint

By Ziad Chaudry

STRAIGHT-TALKING Abi Oyepitan branded her 100m performance in Saturday's London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace as 'terrible'.

The 29-year-old former World Student Games champion from Harlesden crashed out of the qualifying heat of the sprints at a sun-drenched Crystal Palace, finishing sixth in 11.83 seconds.

Oyepitan, who first took up athletics at Willesden Sports Centre, made the 200m final at the 2004 Olympics - the first British woman since Kathy Cook 20 years earlier to reach those stages - but has been dogged with consistent injury problems since then.

"My performance was terrible. It was dire and awful - at least I'm being honest about it," said Oyepitan. "I'm always honest about my performances.

"I just need to see how the rest of the season goes, get a few things back on track and hopefully end it on a high."

Meanwhile, Oyepitan's Shaftesbury Barnet team-mate Marilyn Okoro is confident of hitting form in time for next month's World Championships in Berlin, despite again finishing behind British rivals Jemma Simpson and Jenny Meadows at Crystal Palace.

Okoro, from Neasden, could not build on her season's best of 1:59.56 from the previous week in Paris and faded to a third place finish in 2:01.78, with Simpson again outsprinting both Okoro and Meadows on the home straight.

"No-one really wanted to take the pace - it was getting slower and slower and this was the type of race that might happen in Berlin," said Okoro.

"I've trained so hard this season and I will find my form in time for Berlin. It will come.


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