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Porter and Ofili miss out in Manchester

PUBLISHED: 09:28 31 May 2017

Sally Pearson (centre left) wins the women's 100m hurdles ahead of Isabelle Pedersen, Tiffany Porter and Cindy Ofili at the Arcadis Great CityGames at Deansgate, Manchester (pic Martin Rickett/PA)

Sally Pearson (centre left) wins the women's 100m hurdles ahead of Isabelle Pedersen, Tiffany Porter and Cindy Ofili at the Arcadis Great CityGames at Deansgate, Manchester (pic Martin Rickett/PA)

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Woodford Green duo compete at Great CityGames

Sisters Tiffany Porter and Cindy Ofili did not have it their own way in the women’s 100m hurdles at the Arcadis Great CityGames in Manchester, writes Ziad Chaudry.

Thousands congregated around the streets of Deansgate and Albert Square to show their resilience and solidarity in the first major sporting event to take place in the city since the Manchester Arena terror attack.

But Porter’s three-year dominance in this brilliant street athletics event came to an abrupt halt as Australia’s former Olympic and world champion Sally Pearson bossed the specially-constructed track in 12.81secs.

Norway’s Isabelle Pedersen followed in 12.94, while Woodford Green’s Porter and Ofili clocked 13.03 and 13.07, respectively.

But Porter, 29, who ran 13.00 a few days earlier at the IAAF World Challenge Meeting in Kawasaki, Japan, vowed to put in an improved performance at another street-style event on Sunday for athe didas Boost Boston Games along with her younger sibling.

“Obviously it’s not the place or time I would have liked but I’m actually pretty encouraged by that race believe it or not,” said Porter, who is married to American sprint hurdler Jeff Porter.

“I finally for the first time all season kind of felt like myself. It would have been a lot better had I not pretty much stumbled and stop-started up again and hit that hurdle.

“But no excuses, I’m pretty looking forward to a pretty promising season. I know the time might not show it but the next one will be better, I’m pretty confident of that.”

Ofili, 22, feels she is now finding her ground again since recovering from an injury picked up during her indoor campaign a few months ago.

A time of 13.07 was well below her season’s best 12.92 at Drake Relays in Des Moines, USA four weeks ago and she said: “Clearly I wasn’t that happy with the time. But I’m feeling better because after indoor, I haven’t had a full under season until I got hurt.

“Getting back from injury has really inspired me to be on the track with the ladies again and I’m just really happy to get my rhythm going and do well from there.”

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