British Athletics come home with 3 medals from World Indoor Championships

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Robbie Grabarz claimed a silver medal in the high jump at the British Indoor Athletics Championships at the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield yesterday.

The St Neots athlete cleared 2.26m to finish second behind Chris Baker who leapt 2.29m.

Grabarz came close to clearing 2.31m but just failed, meaning he had to settle for second place.

However, the result earns the London 2012 Olympics bronze medallist a place on the Great Britain team for next month’s World Indoor Championships in Portland.

There’s was no joy for Moulton’s Callum Wilkinson in the men’s 3,000m walk as he was disqualified.

Tom Bosworth took first place.

Adelle Tracey, a self-funded hair and make-up artist, shocked her more established rivals to take 800m gold.

The 22-year-old, a torch-bearer at the London 2012 opening ceremony, secured her place on a GB team for a major senior championships for the first time by beating the likes of Lynsey Sharp and Jenny Meadows.

Tracey finished strongly to overhaul the fading Sharp in the home straight, crossing the line in 2min 02.99sec.

Sharp, who tops the British rankings, had to settle for third in 2.03.50, with Meadows’ training partner Leah Barrow also coming past her to finish in 2.03.18.

Tracey, who has been training in Kenya over the winter, said: “I’ll be so happy to wear my first senior vest and to do it so early in the season is amazing.

“I’m working part time as a freelance hair and make-up artist and it’s good because it fits around my training. I do prosthetics and model making as well, so it’s very diverse.

“I did Lenny Waite’s wedding this summer and Andy Vernon’s wife and Gemma Hillier-Moses (all fellow athletes), because it works very well with training, it’s just one morning. But I’ve done stuff for Dr Who and Top Gear.”

Tracey, who receives no National Lottery funding, is also in the final year of studying sports science at St Mary’s University, having previously studied at Arts University Bournemouth.

Tracey was nominated by Kelly Holmes to be one of seven young British athletes to light the Olympic flame in London four years ago and described the experience as “mad”.

Sharp would appear to be in pole position to get the second discretionary spot on the team for Portland, but said she was undecided over whether she would make the trip.

The global event will take place without Russian athletes, with the country banned by world governing body the IAAF over state-sponsored doping.

But Sharp, who was belatedly awarded the European title in 2012 when Russia’s Yelena Arzhakova was exposed as a drug cheat, said: “You can’t win really, because if they aren’t there then everyone will look back and say it was an easy championships because the Russians weren’t there.”

Meadows herself faded in the final 100m to finish fourth in 2.03.81, admitting afterwards that, at the age of 34, her days as a force in 800m running were behind her.

Charlie Grice guaranteed a spot at the World Indoors by winning the 1,500m in 3.46.50.

Michigan-born Tiffany Porter sealed her qualification by winning the 60m hurdles in 7.98 and Steph Twell will join her in Portland after she comprehensively won the 3,000m in 8:54.99.

Hannah England, the 2011 World Championship silver medallist, won the 1,500m in 4:15.44. The 28-year-old has guaranteed qualification, but is due to skip the event.

Nigel Levine won the 400m in 48.00, his sixth national indoor title.

Lorraine Ugen, already guaranteed a spot in Portland by virtue of her IAAF world indoor tour win, was beaten in the long jump by Jazmin Sawyers, who won with a leap of 6.67m.

Elsewhere, Paralympic champion Aled Davies threw a new F42 shot put world record of 16.14m.

On Saturday, James Dasaolu (60m), Asha Philip (60m), Andrew Pozzi (60m hurdles) and Lee Emanuel (3,000m) booked their places on the plane to Portland.

The British team, selected today and named the following day, will have a slimline look with an expected 20-30 athletes. Many have opted to skip the event, which is taking place a couple of weeks later than usual from March 17-20, to focus on their preparations for the outdoor season.

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