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British Athletics: What's next after Asha Philip's gold?

GOING FOR GOLD: Asha Philip during her win at Sheffield last month

ASHA PHILIP told The Voice she was heading to the European Indoor Championships to get herself a medal in the 60m and the east London athlete didn’t disappoint last weekend.

Not only did Philip dash to the top of the podium she did so in a new British record time of 7.06s beating the previous mark held by Jeanette Kwakye and Dina Asher-Smith.

Phillip, 26, has been in great form during the indoor season and following her win at the national trials in Sheffield last month she said:

“I’m going there (Belgrade) for a medal, I’m not coming back empty handed.”

As well as a new British best time Philip became the first British female to win the 60m European indoor title since Bev Kinch back in 1984.

Ensuring she was calm and collected, she broke out of the blocks to leave the rest of the field in her wake, with the gold winning time of 7.06 seeing her finish four hundredths ahead of second place.

She said:

“The European lead was a bonus and the PB (personal best) was a bonus - obviously I came out here for the win and I got that.

“There is always that scare factor when you cross the line - I heard my name, but you don’t believe it until you actually see it. This competition I’ve not been petrified - I’ve been so calm and had the confidence in me to say ‘I can do it, I will do it’... and I’ve just believed in myself.”


ALL GOLD EVERYWHERE: Asha Philip after her latest win

Other medallists in Belgrade included Shelayna Oskan-Clarke in the 800m and long jumper Lorraine Ugen. Reflecting on her first senior medal, Oskan-Clarke, who secured silver said:

“The Swiss girl was sneaky, so I had to hold her off, then I was trying to be sneaky and she held me off. I probably wasn’t sneaky enough as I went closer to the bend, and I probably should have done it on the straight or just waited. But I was brave and I committed and I got a silver - it was close to a gold, but not enough.”

British Athletics performance director, Neil Black said:

“I’m really thrilled for the team and the performances we’ve seen this weekend.

“It’s been great to see Laura Muir come away with the double gold she was aiming for but also wonderful to see Andy Pozzi, Richard Kilty and Asha Philip on top of the podium.

“The momentum from this afternoon’s medallists has been irresistible. It was great to see Eilish McColgan battle for that bronze; there were world class performances from Lorraine Ugen, Robbie Grabarz and Shelayna Oskan-Clarke; and it was great to see different relay athletes coming through to challenge for gold, their time will surely come.

“This year is very much about London 2017, and this will have given great insights to athletes and coaches on where they are performance-wise.”

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