Lille, France
Wednesday 6th July 2011
With the first day of competition getting underway, we split our medical team cover, with Vikki Annis (physio) & Chris Tomlinson (doc) going to the stadium in the morning, whilst I accompanied the athletes who were still working their way through their training programmes with a view to competition later in the week.

Desiree "Legs" Henry was working on some 80 metre bend runs prior to her coach Mike "Mac" McFarlane flying out tomorrow; Jazmin Sawyers was putting some work in over the hurdles, whilst the Rowan May & Daniel Gardner were working on their runway speed for the pole vault competition that starts on Friday with some track-based sprint reps.  The cooler weather today was embraced by Amy-Eloise Neale during her longer runs but less so by Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake who, during his warm-up did recall to me that he once did train in the rain in was the same day he felt rather unwell!!  Mmm, there are definite differences between Kingston, Jamaica & Lee Valley, Edmonton!

Desiree Henry
Jazmin SawyerDaniel Gardner

Down at the track, the afternoon continued on from where the morning session left off.  After the safe negotiation of their qualifying rounds Sophie McKinna (Shot) & Nick Percy (Discus) were readying themselves for their early evening finals, whilst the 100% qualification record by Team GB (Yasmine Miller qualified 5th overall in the 100m hurdles; Will Gurton & Elliot Slade qualified comfortably with times of 1:52.80 & 1:52.31 respectively in the 800m; Georgia Peel qualified with a time of 4:19.14 in the 1,500m; & Chijindu Ujah qualified in 10.77 in the 100m) was inspiring the other track athletes.  Zac Seddon clocked a time of 5:44 in the 2km steeplechase to seal his qualification to Friday's final, before Alex Boyce ran a PB of 47.82 to qualify for the semi-finals of the 400m & Hayley McLean completed the set by qualifying 3rd in her heat of the 400m hurdles.

The finals put the icing on the cake of a hugely successful day for the team with Nick Percy finishing 7th overall in the discus & attaining a new PB in the process before Sophie McKinna stepped up onto the podium to receive the first of the medals of the Games with a silver after a throw of 14.90m in the shot.

As Team Leader Jo Jennings rightly proclaimed at the end of a long but satisfying day, "We couldn't have asked for any more - all the athletes did what was asked of them & did Great Britain & themselves proud".  

Let's hope the magic continues tomorrow!

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