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Butchart Wins London 10,000m Race

Posted: May 31, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Scot Andrew Butchart maintained his superb form in a quest for an Olympics spot with Great Britain by winning the Vitality London 10,000m race on Monday.

The 24-year-old set a personal best of 28 minutes 28 seconds in the event that acts as the British 10km Championships.

Butchart comfortably beat defending champion Andy Vernon (29:04) and Ben Connor, who was third in 29:23.

Lily Partridge won the women’s race, while David Weir and Shelly Woods won the men’s and women’s wheelchair races.

Partridge ran a new personal best of 33:03 to beat Rachel Felton (33:35) into second, while Hannah Walker was third.

Weir completed a successful couple of days by racing to victory in 21:06, a day after becoming the first wheelchair racer to complete a mile in under three minutes. Woods was the first woman home in 27:47.

Butchart broke Nat Muir’s 36-year-old 5,000m Scottish national record at the FBK Games in Holland last week, his time of 13:13.30 giving him a second qualifying standard to take to the Olympic trials in Birmingham next month.

Butchart, a member of the Central Athletic Club? in Stirling, must finish in the top two at the British Athletics Championships from 24-26 June to guarantee his place in Rio, with defending champion Mo Farah already pre-selected for one of Britain’s three 5,000m places.