Zatat gutted to miss out on national shot put title

PUBLISHED: 15:00 04 July 2018

The latest athletics news (pic: Tony Benton)

The latest athletics news (pic: Tony Benton)


A round-up of how Woodford Green & Essex Ladies athletes fared at the British Championships

Woodford Green & Essex Ladies’ Youcef Zatat was disappointed not to come away British Championships with the men’s shot put title.

The 24-year-old could only manage 18.01m, which was way behind defending champion Scott Lincoln’s mark of 18.44m mark.

Zatat arrived in Birmingham hoping to secure the 19.90m qualifying standard that would guarantee him a place in the British team for next month’s European Championships, but sadly it wasn’t to be.

“I don’t know how I’m feeling really,” said a dejected sounding Zatat.

“I came here to win and I feel like I was ready to make a big step forward, but Scott pulled one out the bag, so it is what it is.

“Now that it is the back end of the season, I’m going to go around Europe and hopefully extend my personal best because that is all that is left.”

“Everything I wanted to happen in training happened. I was really confident coming into this British Championships, but everyone has these days.

“I now have to go away and learn from it. I have a few silvers now; I need to keep chasing that gold.”

Daniel Rowden will join clubmate Tiffany Porter on the plane to Berlin for next month’s European Championships after finishing second in the 800m and clocking the qualifying standard, while Canaan Soloman finished sixth.

“It’s a bit of bitter sweetness,” said the 20-year-old. “I’m happy to have got a medal for the first time at a British Championships and to have booked my place at the Europeans is amazing.

“I felt like I could have won, I made a couple of mistakes in the race that cost me.

“It was a great learning experience and I am going to take a lot of things forward. I am really, really happy.”

Other WGEL performances in the British Championships saw Cameron Fillery just missing out of the medal places after his fourth-place in the men’s 110m hurdles final in 14.08 seconds.

Jack Lawrie clocked a 50.97s personal best during his fifth-place finish in men’s 400m hurdles final.

Lucy Marshall was eighth in women’s hammer throw with 58.43m, the same position as William Grimsey in men’s high jump (2.08m), while Phil Norman posted 8:50.19 in men’s 3000m steeplechase.

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