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Toby kicks up a Sand storm

PUBLISHED: 17:54 15 July 2009 | UPDATED: 14:37 24 August 2010

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 12: Toby Sandeman competes during the men's 200m final at Alexander Stadium on July 12, 2009 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 12: Toby Sandeman competes during the men's 200m final at Alexander Stadium on July 12, 2009 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

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By Ziad Chaudry TOBY Sandeman rounded off a superb weekend for Thames Valley Harriers as he claimed a shock 200m victory in the national championships at Birmingham. The TVH sprinter, trained by the legendary Linford Christie, took the scalps of both Oly

By Ziad Chaudry

TOBY Sandeman rounded off a superb weekend for Thames Valley Harriers as he claimed a shock 200m victory in the national championships at Birmingham.

The TVH sprinter, trained by the legendary Linford Christie, took the scalps of both Olympic gold medallist Marlon Devonish and defending champion Christian Malcolm.

It was a dream return for the 21-year-old, who pulled out of last year's event due to injury, but posted a personal best of 20.69 seconds this time - only 0.1 short off the qualifying standard for this year's World Championships.

"Last year I got injured in the first round, but I said I'd saved enough money from work to take a year off and I was going to come back and win it," said Sandeman.

"I've worked so hard, kept the dream in my heart and I came through and took it."

There was another title for the White City-based outfit when Phyllis Agbo warmed up for next weekend's final World Championships qualifier for the heptathlon with an emphatic win in the women's long jump.

The 23-year-old multi-eventer from Ladbroke Grove, who also took part in the shot and 100m hurdles events at Birmingham, defeated former Olympic bronze medallist Kelly Sotherton by posting two wind-assisted leaps of 6.42m.

TVH's reigning Southern champion Angie Broadbelt-Blake improved her PB to 13.43 in the women's 100m hurdles.

The 24-year-old came from the outside lane to finish fourth, while potential world medallist Jessica Ennis won impressively in 12.87. Agbo rounded off her tournament by finishing eighth in 13.81.

Jason Commissiong and Andre Williams recorded season's bests of 10.83 and 10.81 respectively in the first round of the men's 100m.

Meanwhile, Neasden star Marilyn Okoro lost her national 800m title after getting her tactics completely wrong.

Okoro faded away during the last 200m after trying every possible route in a congested pack to outrun her rivals Jemma Simpson - who stormed home to regain the crown in 2:01.16 - and Jenny Meadows.

Meadows was second in 2:01.62, with Okoro, who had already achieved the sub-two minute World qualifying time, staggering across the line in third (2:02.94).


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