Dina Asher-Smith set a British Championships record on Sunday, and was just six-hundredths of a second off her own British national record at 11.08 seconds, set in May. The event was held at Alexander Stadium, in Birmingham.
Chijindu Ujah, 21, ran 10.1 seconds to beat James Dasaolu in the men’s 100m and qualified for August’s World Championships in Beijing. To qualify for a World Chapmionships event, an athlete must finish in the top 2 at the British Championships and meet the qualifying time/height etc. for their event twice in the season. Dina Asher-Smith therefore qualifies also.
Laura Muir, who is in excellent form this year, took the 1500m title and is hopeful of improving her best result in a World Championships event, which came in 2013 when she reached the semifinal.
Also joining Dina Asher-Smith on the plane to China is Greg Rutherford, who despite lacking in form, claimed victory on Sunday in Birmingham. He has never placed on the podium at a world Championship event, his best finish coming in 2009 when he finished fifth, however he has brought home a gold Olympic medal, from London in 2012. The Englishman has already jumped further this season than his mark that won him the fabled gold medal. Speaking afterwards, despite winning the competition, he said, “My jumping today was terrible. I was missing that spark at the end to take off and do anything decent. I may add an extra competition in now next week. I feel pretty flat.”
Anyika Onuora bested Christine Ohuruogu on Sunday in Birmingham, having made the switch from 400m to being a 100 and 200m specialist. Ohuruougu qualified anyway, courtesy of her defending world champion status. “It’s been a tough start to the season,” said Ohuruogu after her 52.04 effort. “I just wanted to get out here today, test myself, see where I’m at and now go back and train for six weeks.”
Author Eoghan Aston
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