Britain's David Bedford won the 10,000 metres title at the British Amateur Athletics Association Championships at Crystal Palace in London on Saturday (15 July).
Britain's David Bedford won the 10,000 metres title at the British Amateur Athletics Association Championships at Crystal Palace in London on Saturday (15 July). His time of 27 minutes 52.8 seconds was the Fastest time in the world this year over the distance.
Bedford led the race from start to finish in a staggering performance less than 24 hours after he had won the 5,000 metres in 15 minutes 17.2 seconds, the second fastest time over recorded. Bedford's 10,000 metres time compared with his own European record of 27:47.0 and Australian Ron Clarke's world record of 27:39.4.
In other events, Britain's Alan Pascoe recovered from a poor start to win the 110 metres hurdles in 13.9 seconds, equalling the Championship best.
David Hemery, Britain's Olympic 400 metres hurdles, just nudged ahead of Uganda's John Akii-Bua to take the event on Saturday in 49.7 seconds. After the results of the photo finish confirmed his victory. Hemery said he was satisfied with the run, but did not realise the Ugandan was so close.
SYNOPSIS: A perfect day at London's Crystal Palace on Saturday for the British Amateur Athletic Association Championships.
The one-hundred and ten metres hurdle was one of the events in which British athletes were hoping to qualify for this year's Summer Olympic Games next month. Britain's Alan Pascone, after a poor start, break through to take the win.
Later, the four-hundred metres hurdles, featuring David Hamery, Britain's Olympic champion in the event.
The finish was closer than many expected, with Uganda's John Akii-Bua nearly coming through to take the honours.
But the major attraction of the day's events was the ten-thousand metres. Britain's David Bedford led the race from the start. Less than twenty-four hours earlier, Bedford had won the five-thousand metre in thirteen-minutes, seventeen-point-two seconds, the second fastest time ever recorded. Lapping most of his rivals in the Saturday meet, he finished in the fastest time in the world this year over the ten-thousand metres distance.