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Fifton makes relay selection for Beijing

PUBLISHED: 16:06 24 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:28 05 October 2010

VICTORIA Park & Tower Hamlets AC will have a representative at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, after the final squad was announced last Saturday, writes PHIL RAVITZ. The athletics club which straddles Hackney and Tower Hamlets were without representation un

VICTORIA Park & Tower Hamlets AC will have a representative at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, after the final squad was announced last Saturday, writes PHIL RAVITZ.

The athletics club which straddles Hackney and Tower Hamlets were without representation until their most experienced international campaigner Rikki Fifton was added to the 4x100 metres relay team in last weekend's announcement.

Fifton, who lives in Bow, is one of five selected for the four man team event, along with Britain's trio for the individual sprints, Simeon Williamson (Highgate), Craig Pickering (Milton Keynes) and Newham & Essex Beagles' Tyrone Edgar and highly promising Harry Akines-Aryeetey from Sutton, Surrey.

Pickering and Edgar directly benefitted from the decision not to take Dwain Chambers following his ultimately unsuccessful appeal against his Olympic ban for drug-taking.

But there was disappointment for Fifton's young clubmate Perri Shakes-Drayton.

She wasn't in the original selection the previous week, but there were outside hopes that she might be included in the 400m hurdles, although she doesn't have the A standard qualifying times.

A midweek attempt to get the grade in Switzerland, failed when Perri ran disappointingly.

But she beat the experienced national champion Tasha Danvers (Shafte-sbury Barnet) in last week's Olympic trials by a distance - one of the shocks of the meeting.

Perri, 19, from Poplar, has always said that her home Olympics in London 2012 were her aim and now she must concentrate on those, although senior international selection can't be far away for the former England Junior girls captain.


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