Heartbreak for Sanford at national championships

July 2, 2015 01:38
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Donald Sanford

Donald Sanford. (photo credit: ASAF KLIGER)


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Donald Sanford came tantalizingly close to booking his place at next month’s World Championships in Beijing on Wednesday, missing out on the qualifying time in the 400- meter race by two hundredths of a second at the Israel athletics championships in Hadar Yosef Stadium in Tel Aviv.

Sanford won the national title in a time of 45.52 seconds and doesn’t have long to secure his berth at the World Championships, which get underway in the Chinese capital on August 22.

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“I felt good, but was missing that little bit,” said Sanford, who took a bronze medal at the European Athletics Championships last year. “I have races coming up in Belgium and Russia and I will not stop until I set the criteria.”

Olga Lenskiy regained her national title in the women’s 100m race on Wednesday, clocking a time of 11.57 seconds after missing last year’s competition because of a drugs ban.

“I’m currently focusing on the 200m and I hope to book my place in the World Championships on Thursday,” said Lenskiy.

Despite finishing in second place, 16-year-old Diana Weisman stole the show, breaking Esther Roth-Shachamarov’s national junior record from 1971 after finishing in a time of 11.75s.

Imri Presiado defended his title in the men’s 100m, setting a new personal best time of 10.48s.

The national championships continue on Thursday.

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