Ohuruogu back on the podium again!

NEWHAM & ESSEX BEAGLE Christine Ohuruogu returned to winning ways at the Aviva British Grand Prix in Gateshead on Monday, writes MATT DINER. The Stratford Express raced to victory in 50.94 seconds as she tried to forget her disappointing fifth place at

NEWHAM & ESSEX BEAGLE Christine Ohuruogu returned to winning ways at the Aviva British Grand Prix in Gateshead on Monday, writes MATT DINER.

The 'Stratford Express' raced to victory in 50.94 seconds as she tried to forget her disappointing fifth place at the recent World Championships in Berlin.

"I needed a bit of strength for the last 100m but I didn't want to come here and lose so, I had to dig in and cross the line first," said Ohuruogu who beat American relay gold medallist Debbie Dunn into second place, with Guyanan athlete Aliann Pompey third.

"It was windy and rained earlier, but it doesn't matter. You have to come out and perform."


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For Mo Farah it was not such a good day however as he finished ninth in the 3,000m in 7.47.02 after a fall.

"Somebody caught my leg so I just went down," said Farah.

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"It took a lot out of me and I didn't have it when they went at the end."

In the 110m hurdles, Gianni Frankis finished sixth in 13.97 with American David Payne (13.60) the winner and fellow Brit William Sharman behind him in 13.61.

Steve Lewis cleared 5.55m to finish fifth in the pole vault, with winner Viktor Chistyakov of Russia clearing 5.70m.

Chris Tomlinson failed to match his eight metre plus effort in Berlin and finished fifth with 7.93m, although he will take a crumb of comfort in the fact he beat rival Greg Rutherford, who claimed his British record in Beijing.

Matthew Roberts who was in excellent form heading into the meet after his man of the match performance at the recent British Athletics League meeting failed to register a jump on Monday.

NICHOLAS WEBB was the stand-out Newham & Essex performer after picking up a gold and a silver at the London Inter Club Challenge at Barnet Copthall on Saturday.

The powerful thrower won the shot putt with 15.20 metres before finishing second in the discus with a 48.67m effort.

Amir Williamson was another who had success in the field events after his 61.93m hammer throw earned him second, while Joshua Ejinkonye leapt 13.39m to claim second in the triple jump. In the same event Tyrell Emmanuel was 12th with 10.78m, while he also finished third in the third 100m race in a time of 11.55 seconds and third again in the 200m with 24.11.

Lee Boney finished fourth in the 100m with 11.97 and sixth in the fourth 200m race in 25.08, while in race eight of the 100m Matthew Burnett was third in 11.91 and Claire Spurway was second in race 10 with 12.97.

Max Eaves came third in the 200m with 23.87 and Thomas Head came third in the B15 4k with 38.13.

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