Saturday, 01 July 2017 21:29


Written by Connor Craig-Jackson
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Last year’s bronze medallist Reece Prescod sent shockwaves throughout the Alexandra Stadium in Birmingham as he clinched victory in the 100m final to book his place at the London World Championships.

The 21-year-old saw off European Gold medallists James Dasaolu and Harry Akines-Aryeetey with pre-race favourite and training partner Chijindu Ujah a non-starter, meaning Prescodd will now step onto the Olympic Stadium to taker on the world for the very first time in his career.

“I knew it was going to be anyone’s game,” said Reece, “so I just wanted to execute my race and hope for the best.

“I now want to stay healthy, get stronger and make sure everything is good for London.”

After running her first race since injury, Dina Asher-Smith claimed that “the London dream is back,” shedding euphoric tears of joy after finishing sixth in the women’s 100m final.

The victory, however, belonged to European Indoor Champion Asha Philp, who edged a real battle for the medals against relay partner Daryll Neita and Ashleigh Nelson to win gold in 11.21 seconds.

“I don’t know (if I was confident on winning)” admitted Philip, “11.40 isn’t really a comfortable time to be running in the lead up to a Championships. But I know what I’m good at and I know I can perform so I’m proud of myself for pulling out the win.”

After three long years stuck at 1.94m, high jump champion Morgan Lake finally beat her previous personal best after jumping 1.96m to earn a new British title and the performance of the day award.

The 20-year-old’s new jump now puts her fourth in the world rankings, leaving her heading to the London World Championships in very high spirits.

“I’ve never really seen myself as a high jumper who can win medals,” said Lake, “but the dream is definitely coming a bit more true, I’m just hoping for more of this and beyond.

“I think having a home crowd (in London) is what I’m most excited about, the support even today in Birmingham was brilliant and it’ll be ten times bigger than that in London.”

Two weeks after breaking the Under 20 British record, 19-year-old Alicia Barrett became the new British 100m hurdles champion after being pushed hard by Yasmin Miller in second to emerge the victor amongst a considerably young field.

A fiercely contested 3000m steeplechase final saw Rob Mullet do just enough to grasp the gold, being pushed all the way by Zak Seddon and Ieuan Thomas who lead an almost relentless five man chasing pack.

Andrew Butchart was also made to work for his 5000m title by a determined Andy Vernon, who despite a 13.54.63 season’s best could not hold off the Olympic finalist, after a strong final lap sealed the win and a place in London.

Olympic bronze medallist Sophie Hitchon once again emerged as the hammer throw champion ahead of Rachel Hunter in second, while a close battle for bronze saw Sarah Holt edge Myra Perkins and Lucy Marshall to earn her third ever British medal.

Despite being dissatisfied by the performance, British Pole Vault record holder Holly Bradshaw once again bagged a British gold, with second placed Lucy Bryan showing the form of her season by jumping 4.35m while Sally Peake comfortably claimed bronze.


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