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20 IEK athletes take Crystal Palace Grand Prix by storm

By arriving 3 hours before the first event, 20 young athletes from several different IEK [img:459r]training groups bounced their way round many stalls collecting masses of freebies before settling down to a memorable feast of top athletic competition. Even sprinters were impressed when Mo Farah won the Grand Prix 5,000m with a finish almost as spectacular as Jason Prickett's last 100m to beat everyone at our Open just 3 days ealier. Jemma Simpson won the Grand Prix 800m when holding off strong [img:458l] home-grown opposition in much the same way as our leading 800m female, Rebecca Weston [2nd left] will have to do in the imminent IEK club championships against the other u-17 girls all pictured together (LEFT) at the Grand Prix - click on the picture to enlarge and see what Rachel Burton is doing to Becky Reilly.[img:464r] The 100m cost our club chairman a mass of 10p bets after he had unwisely tipped Asafa Powell to beat the world's best.... Usain Bolt won the Grand Prix 100m convincingly and looks almost ready to take on our own Chris Chancellor - meanwhile u13 Max Furnell {[img:463l]pictured RIGHT, nearest lane) was busy learning the sprint game by taking on our older boys in the Crystal Palace bouncy castle tunnel. Among our athletes of tomorrow who invaded Crystal Palace were five u-13s who eagerly surrounded Kate Dennison the new UK record breaking pole vaulter for her autograph in the warm evening sun.[img:462r] Earlier, our young athletes had collected inflatable headgear at one of the sideshows, and were pictured by the stadium photographer practising their own finish line pose[img:461l] The older IEK athletes were not to be outdone and gave their own stylish rendition of the 'Bolt pose'... on the same finishing line Tip : click any of the pictures to view enlarged version.