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Barbara Parker does what she needs to at UK Olympic Trials

13:30 25 June 2012

Newmarket

Newmarket's Goldie Sayers in javelin action during the UK Trials in Birmingham.

King’s Lynn runner Barbara Parker looks to have booked her place at the London 2012 Games after she finished second behind Jo Pavey in Sunday’s 5,000m at the Olympic trials in Birmingham.

The City of Norwich Athlete and Beijing Olympian currently based in Atlanta led going into the final bend, but Pavey had a little bit more left in the tank and crossed the line first in a time of 15:54.18.

Parker’s second place finish ought to be enough to feature in the race at the summer showpiece, while she should already have a berth for the 3,000m steeplechase – where Parker is currently ranked seventh in the world.

City of Norwich Athletic Club’s Iona Lake clocked a personal best of 10:36.06 in the women’s steeplechase, which was won by Eilish McColgan.

McColgan, daughter of Britain’s 1991 10,000m world champion Liz, secured her place in her first Olympic Games with a time of 9:56.89.

Shara Proctor broke a 29-year-old British record in the long jump to seal her place in the Olympics in brilliant fashion. Proctor jumped 6.95 metres in the third round, surpassing the previous mark of 6.90m set by Bev Kinch back in 1983 – five years before Proctor was born.

There was also an outdoor British record for Holly Bleasdale, who arrived without a current A-standard but improved her previous mark by one centimetre with a clearance of 4.71m in the pole vault.

Meanwhile, CoNAC’s New York-based Mitch Goose finished fifth in the 5,000m in a time of 14:09.70. Goose is next in action in the same event in the European Championships in Finland on Wednesday.

Dwain Chambers may have stolen the headlines with his 100m win on Saturday but James Dasaolu – whose parents Akintola and Abosede run Steve McDonald News in Witard Road, north Norwich – was also making a name for himself after he finished third behind 18-year-old prodigy Adam Gemili.

Chambers’s 10.25 seconds in cold, grey conditions left him seven hundredths of a second outside the A-qualification time he required.

He must now secure that all-important time before the cut-off date of July 1 – possibly at next week’s European Championships in Helsinki – to complete a controversial comeback after his Olympic ban was overturned two months ago.

Gemili, in his first full season in the sport, has both the time and top-two finish required.

Croydon runner Dasaolu, the only other man with the qualifying mark of 10.18 secs, held off Simeon Williamson and his place in London now rests with the Team GB selectors.

On Saturday City of Norwich Athletic Club’s Paul Goodall and Rick Ward were eliminated in the heats of the 800m after clocking times of 1:52.28 and 1:54.58 respectively.

Dereham high jumper and current Under-23 champion Chris Baker came fifth in the competition as the Sale AC former Northgate High School pupil continued his good progress.

Baker was one of three competitors to exit after clearing 2.12m, with Newham Robbie Grabarz topping the chart on 2.28m.

And Sophie McKinna mixed it with the best shot putters in the country and finished a superb fourth with a best of 15.55m.

The 17-year-old from Great Yarmouth will surely be selected for the World Junior championships in Barcelona, which get under way on July 10.

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