AAA Senior Indoor ChampionshipsReport by: Bryan Murray
& Worlds Indoor Trials
27th & 28th January 2001 - NIA, Birmingham
Wakefield Harriers' Emily Freeman took silver in the AAA of England and World Championships Trials held at Birmingham's National Indoor Arena. She took on Great Britain Olympians Donna Fraser, Sam Davies and Catherine Murphy in England World Championships 200m team qualifier.
Several other England hopefuls were eliminated in the heats and semi-finals. The four finalists were joined by Irish international Cara Sheehy. Fraser, who had posted a slower time than Freeman and hence was placed in the less favourable lane, withdrew minutes before the final. Freeman's personal best of 23.67 secs in her semi-final suggested she could gain a medal. However, she was penalised by a false start and was slow away in the race proper. But she ran a tremendous bend to finish second in 23.77 secs behind Murphy who broke the Welsh record with 23.35 secs. Murphy went on to win the 400m to record a first ever sprint double for the meeting. Coach Mike Williams is sure Freeman will go faster outdoors this season.
In the long jump, Wakefield's Fiona Westwood finished seventh in the final. Her third jump at nearly 6.00m would have ensured her a medal, but his was judged to have been a foul by the officials who had to scrutinise the plasticine on the take-off board.
Catherine Bacon and Alice Butler were eliminated in their respective heats of the 800m. The event was won by Olympic bronze medallist Kelly Holmes with the improving Jo Fenn second.