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Aikines-Aryeetey back to earth with a bump, and Sharman promises more to come
After a huge week of celebrating some important milestone achievements with his family, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey slumped right back down to earth with a poor performance at ISTAF IAAF World Challenge meeting yesterday in Berlin, Germany.
The 25-year-old Sutton & District AC sprint star felt the end-of-season blues upon him during his 100m race, finishing eighth and posting a below par time of 10.42 seconds, well behind Jamaica’s latest sprint sensation Kemar Bailey-Cole, 21, who won in 10.04secs in front of a packed-out Berlin Olympic Stadium.
And Aikines-Aryeetey, who at the UK Championships back in July lowered his personal best to 10.08secs, openly admitted he was surprised with his effort at the German capital.
He said: “I came here to do a job and it was surprising.
“I had a big week with a few family celebrations – my sister’s wedding, my birthday, my sister’s birthday and her brilliant GSCE results – so it’s all been good.
“It is what it is with 10.42secs, so on to the next one.”
Aikines-Aryeetey closes his long season this Thursday in Zagreb, Croatia.
Meanwhile, William Sharman of Belgrave Harriers is pursuing to carry on his excellent 2013 season into next year and vowed it will be even better.
The 28-year-old posted 13.46secs in men’s 110m hurdles behind Cuba’s former Olympic champion and world record holder Dayron Robles in Berlin.
The classy Cuban comfortably won in 13.35secs, while Trinidad & Tobago’s Mikel Thomas followed Sharman with 13.54secs.
And Sharman, who currently heads the UK rankings, is feeling upbeat about his prospects in 2014.
He said: "It’s been a good season. But it’s going to be even better next year because I am going to build from this season and zoom.”
Sharman, who finished fifth in the world championship finals three weeks ago in Moscow, Russia, closes out his season at Great North City Games in Newcastle Gateshead Quayside on September 14.
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