|Phil Taylor strikes gold in Europeans
Local athletics fans were glued to their television sets last weekend watching the European Indoor Championships at the Birmingham Indoor Arena. The Liverpool Pembroke Sefton star had received his first full international call up to represent Great Britain in the 4 x 400m relay team. As often happens in this event there was plenty of drama. Britain’s Number 1,
Rob Tobin, led at the first take over. Dale Garland yielded a couple of places but sent Phil Taylor away third. Running very strongly Taylor not only held his position but managed a slick baton change to jump final stage runner Steve Green into second spot. On the final bend Green managed to stay out of trouble as a German athlete pushed a Russian out of the way to stride home first. Green rounded the Russian for a wonderful silver spot. But it wasn’t over, a protest against the German was upheld and this gave the British squad the much coveted title. Phil `The Power’ Taylor as he is known to his mates, and describing himself as the new guy on the team, had his hands on a brilliant gold medal. It was the finale to a very successful weekend for Great Britain athletes.
|More national medals for LPS
Another weekend of cascading national medals for the Liverpool Pembroke Sefton athletic club. After a stunning European Indoor 4 x 400m gold medal Phil Taylor went to the British Universities Championships at Sheffield. Dropping to 200m he still collected a personal best of 21.72 seconds and a bronze medal. However, a gold was not far away as he anchored
Loughborough University to a 4 x 400m relay win. Club mate, Mark Grimshaw, was another finalist recording a sharp sub-49 seconds 400m en route and opening up the prospect of a fine outdoor season.