Turner's Commonwealth Games preparations continue apace

Food for thought: Sutton's Andy Turner

Food for thought: Sutton's Andy Turner

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Sutton’s Andy Turner and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey both completed their Commonwealth Games preparations with morale boosting victories at the London Anniversary Games meeting on Sunday.

Turner, 33, the defending Commonwealth Games 110m hurdles champion, overcame USA’s Spencer Adams and fellow Brits Alex Al-Ameen and Lawrence Clarke to claim the men’s B race in 13.49 seconds.

However, Turner admitted that he needs to run a lot quicker if he is going to repeat his gold medal triumph from Delhi, India, four years ago.

He said: "I need to run faster than that if I am going to get a medal in Glasgow.

“In the Commonwealths there will be people ahead of me, but I just need keep to myself, do what I have to do and hopefully I will be in the medal mix.

“Without doubt, it is the best setting to compete in here at Horse Guards Parade. I love events like these, the sport needs to attract more fans using locations like these.”

He added: "But I needed a good run. This year has been absolutely shocking so I needed a little confidence booster and that was a massive confidence booster so now it’s all about sharpening up the training.”

Meanwhile a silent starting gun did not bother Harry Aikines-Aryeetey as he won a controversial men’s 100m ‘B’ race in 10.26secs, while Holland’s Churandy Martina and fellow Brits Kieran Daly and World indoor champion Richard Kilty occupied the minor places.

“I didn’t realise it will be that quiet to be perfectly honest,” said the 26-year-old. “I went off to their reaction.

“But the win was the main thing. It was a strange start, I didn’t get the best of starts in terms of reaction.

“With this crowd it was amazing. For me it was just about getting one out before the Commonwealths and focussing on that now.”

Wallington’s multi Paralympic Games gold medallist David Weir claimed victory in the men’s T53/54 wheelchair mile that took place on the Mall.

“It’s nice to finish on probably the smoothest road in London,” said Weir. “Winning in such an iconic location is great.

“I finish here for the London Marathon, so to get the opportunity to come out and compete out here again is great for me as a Londoner. The crowd were amazing.”

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