Park life excites Seb

Lord Coe.  Photo PA Wire
Lord Coe. Photo PA Wire

London 2012 chairman Seb Coe admitted he is still “shaken” by the transformation of the Olympic Park after finally seeing some competitive athletics in the stadium.

Coe has attended all four days of the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) championships over the Bank Holiday weekend, with the event doubling as the test event for the London Olympics.

The dedicated Chelsea fan even missed seeing his team beat Liverpool in the FA Cup final on Saturday.

But watching competition at the Olympic Stadium brought home just how close the Games now are.

“It’s fantastic,” Coe said.

“There is a rare week that goes by without me coming up here for one thing or another, but it’s normally about working out other stuff.

“To suddenly see guys coming out followed by volunteers with their kit in the basket and competing is fantastic. I walked around anonymously last night and I was just listening to the excitement of the people who were walking in.

“It was a bit like watching my kids on the first day they woke up to find snow in the back garden.”

Sheffield Hallam student Tesni Ward did well to finish runner up in the javelin at the British Students Championships at the weekend. The meeting was the trial event for the Olympic Games which was a unique opportunity for the students. Ward, a member of the City of Sheffield club, threw 49.10 metres to take silver.

In a special invitation events Luke Cutts (Dearne ALC) won the pole vault with 5.25m.

n Two of Jessica Ennis’s domestic competitors Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Kelly Sotherton had differing fortunes at the combined events competition in Desenzano del Garda, Italy, this weekend.

Both were seeking qualification scores for the Olympics.

But while Johnson-Thompson produced a personal best of 6,007 points, beating the national junior record of 5,910 set seven years ago by 2009 world champion Ennis, Sotherton a former Olympic bronze medallist, was forced to withdraw injured during the 200 metres.

Neither Johnson-Thompson, aged 19, or Sotherton, aged 35, achieved the Olympic ‘A’ standard of 6,150 points to qualify for London.