Hazel’s seasonal best

LOUISE Hazel produced a seasonal best in the 100m hurdles final at the British Olympic trials to finish fourth in the final behind her good friend Jessica Ennis in Birmingham on Saturday.

The two heptathletes had also clashed in the heats with Ennis beating Hazel into second place.

In the final Hazel matched strides with her main opponents over the first five hurdles, but then Ennis and top British hurdler Tiffany Porter began to get on top. Hazel kept on well to the line to finish fourth on 13.41sec which was her best time of the season.

She commented: “Really pleased with my run today in the hurdles. It’s coming together for the Olympics.”

However the 27-year-old was not so happy with her performance on Sunday in the long jump when she finished last of the 15 competitors with a disappointing lead of 5.64 metres well below her best.

She remarked: “I struggled to find the rhythm of my approach and will be working hard in the next few weeks to get this right!”

This was the Commonwealth Gold medal winner’s last big competition before the Olympics for she has already attained an A qualification in the heptathlon.

The British athletics team is to be announced on July 3.