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Mason and Parsons Go Head to Head at the Birmingham Games

A week after Germaine Mason won his first UK title at the World Trials, the Olympic High jump silver medallist was back in action at the Alexander Stadium locking horns again with his Birchfield Harriers team mate and fellow Olympic Games finalist Tom Parsons at the McCain Birmingham Games in Saturday writes Tom McCook. On this occasion at the Midland Counties European permit meeting, whilst both jumpers cleared identical heights of 2.25 metres, it was 25-year Parsons last year’s UK champion who won the competition under the countback procedure.

Five days after her 20th birthday, Vikki Hubbard completed a Birchfield Harriers double victory when she won the Women’s High Jump with a height of 1.82 metres. The UK’s Number One female Hammer thrower Zoe Derham who is one of Birchfield Harriers 12 for 12 initiative, sponsored by Aga Rangemaster, won her event by more than five metres with a distance of 66.26 metres.

Birmingham University graduate Somto Eruchie, who is another of the 12 for 12 athletes, won the Men’s 200 metres in 21.36 seconds by a third of a second from his training partner Julian Thomas.

Bernice Wilson achieved a career best time of 11.84 seconds in second place in her Women’s 100 metres heat before placing third in the Final in 11.87 seconds.

The Men’s Long Jump competition could not have been closer with just one centimetre separating the three prize winners. Andre Hernandez from Essex who was the UK silver medallist the week before came out on top with a 7.54 metres performance. Birchfield Harriers Leigh Smith with the wind assistance of  +2.5 metres claimed a rare victory on his team mate Jonathan Moore on countback with both Stags jumping the same 7.53 metres distances.

Last year’s England Under 20 110m Hurdles champion Edirin Okoro was also involved in a nail biting conclusion to his Final. Whilst the time keepers could not separate the Stag and Sale Harriers Nick Gayle with both hurdlers given legal times of

13.94 seconds, the northern athlete was awarded the verdict after officials consulted the photo finish facility.

Brad Yiend was third over 400m Hurdles behind two visiting Indian athletes in 53.39 seconds.

Sam Herrington who plays rugby for Coventry RFC was runner up in the Discus with a 48.38 metres throw as well as being third in the Shot with a putt of 15.43 metres.

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