Bumps and bruises delay Games option

Sheffield’s Mukhtar Mohammed admits he will see over the next few days whether he will compete at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games after missing out on national gold in Birmingham.

The 22-year-old had to settle for silver in the 800m final at the recent Sainsbury’s British Championships after battling a series of collisions throughout the race to clock 1:47.86minutes. Those knocks affected Mohammed’s kick and he was just unable to catch eventual winner Michael Rimmer who broke in the final 200m to win by seven hundredths of a second.

Mohammed, of Sheffield Running Club, will next race in Sweden and he admits only after that will he be able to tell whether he will turn out at the Olympic Stadium for the Anniversary Games. “I had a lot of problems in the race, I was getting it in the back a lot and lost concentration and I lost my steps and that ruined my kick,” said Mohammed. “There was a lot of pushing and I was going in a nice rhythm but then someone kicked me from behind and I lost my step.

“It was hard to recover from that but it’s a learning experience. I am disappointed with the way it has gone outdoors, it isn’t the way I planned it. I have got a race in Sweden and I might be racing at the Anniversary Games. I will see how my training schedule is.

“The Anniversary Games is something to look forward to, I never experienced the Olympic Stadium last season.”

Meanwhile City of Sheffield hurdler Richard Yates admitted it was easy to accept bronze behind a world champion and a European champion in Birmingham.

Yates clocked a season’s best 49.49seconds for third in the 400m hurdles final won by 2011 world champion Dai Greene while European gold medallist from 2012 Rhys Williams was second. “It was a fantastic race to be in.

“I had the world champion outside me and the European champion in the lane inside me” said Yates.

“And it was nice to test myself against them and coming third was a good result.”

n Sainsbury’s British Championships is the second event in the Sainsbury’s Summer Series. For information on Sainsbury’s support of world class athletics and disability sport go to www.sainsburys-live-well-for-less.co.uk/occasions/anniversary-games/