Twell impressive yet again in close race at Antrim
The European junior cross country champion Stephanie Twell made a comfortable transition to the senior ranks by winning the Antrim International title yesterday.
The 19-year-old Aldershot starlet, who has been tipped to emulate the feats of her idol Paula Radcliffe and is a medal hopeful for the 2012 London Olympics, beat Deidre Ryan by only a second in a close finish, but always looked in command of the 5.6 kilometre race.
Just three weeks after completing a hat-trick of European junior successes, Twell again highlighted her potential by maintaining her unbeaten record in the McCain UK Cross Challenge series with a third victory.
Twell, who performed disappointingly at last year's Ulster meeting when she paid the penalty for going off too quickly, was content to follow her rivals in the early stages of the race. The world junior 1,500m gold medallist waited until the final circuit before making a significant break, and it seemed victory was guaranteed until her 26-year-old Irish rival powered back into contention. Ryan, raising hopes of a first home success since Catherine McKiernan won 15 years ago, made a strong challenge over the last 200m, but Twell never looked under pressure.
"I felt strong," said Twell, who ran in 18 minutes 25 seconds. "I knew she was there but I knew I had a sprint in me."
Latest in Sport
Chelsea vs Manchester United: Jose Mourinho dismisses United injury worries, saying 'they have an amazing squad'
Aaron Hernandez: American Football in the dock as NFL star player's murderous double life is revealed
Chelsea vs Manchester United: Why Blues are the least popular team in the league
Arsene Wenger compares talk of Jurgen Klopp replacing him at Arsenal to a 'circus'
Chelsea vs Manchester United combined XI: Thibaut Courtois or David De Gea? Juan Mata or Willian? Who makes our team?
- 1 BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
- 2 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 3 18th century sex toy found in 'toilet of sword fighting school' in Poland
- 4 'I wish my teacher knew...': Young students share their 'heartbreaking' worries in notes
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a white stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
Russian warships in English Channel 'to conduct anti-aircraft and anti-submarine military drills'
£30000 - £40000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Front-End UI Application ...
£18000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They work with major vehicle ma...
£27000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Domestic Service Only Engineers are requ...
£23600 - £27500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The Employability Service withi...