Sprinter flies to sub-11 clocking for 100m at sun-drenched British Championships in Birmingham
Dina Asher-Smith was in brilliant form at the Müller British Championships on Saturday as she stormed to a championship record.
Competing in great conditions on the first of two days at the Alexander Stadium, the 22-year-old sped to a terrific 10.97 clocking as she beat Daryll Neita (11.19) and Bianca Williams (11.20) to the national 100m title.
“I was looking to come here and run a fast time and I was really happy to have been able to do that, especially in front of a British crowd,” said Asher-Smith.
“The wind was crazy in the heats, so I was just hoping it would die down, because I felt like I was in good shape, and thankfully it did. Across both the men’s and women’s sprint events, the competition is so hot, which obviously bodes well for the Europeans and heading into the next Olympic cycle.”
Morgan Lake also enjoyed a tremendous day in the high jump as she equalled Isobel Pooley’s championship record with a PB of 1.97m and beat Katarina Johnson-Thompson for the first time as the Commonwealth heptathlon champion finished runner-up with 1.90m, with Nikki Manson earning bronze with an outdoor PB of 1.87m.
After failing her first attempt at 1.79m, Lake soon got into her stride with a first-time clearance at 1.83m, second-time clearance at 1.87m and third-time clearance at 1.90m. She then passed 1.95m before going over 1.97m at her second try.
With the title sewn up, three failed attempts at a British record height of 2.00m followed, which meant Lake had to be content with the 1cm improvement on her PB as she joined Pooley in equal second on the UK all-time rankings.
“I had a ropey start, but I knew I had it in me,” said Lake. “I had a break after the Commonwealths so I rested and trained hard and I’m really happy with a PB. Conditions were perfect for high jumping. I’ll have a little rest before Europeans but it’ll be back into hard training to try and peak in August.”
In the triple jump, Naomi Ogbeta sailed out to 13.95m in the fourth round – a mark that gained her British gold, a European Championships qualifying mark and elevated her to equal fifth on the UK all-time rankings.
“It was like a dream,” said Ogbeta, “because everything that I wanted to happen just happened. I jumped a personal best, the under-23 British record and I got the European standard all in one competition. I am so happy and slightly overwhelmed as well. I have had a pretty good season and this was like the icing on the cake.”
Holly Bradshaw mastered blustery conditions in the pole vault to take her sixth British title with a clearance of 4.60m as Sophie Cook took silver with a 4.25m PB and Sally Peake bronze with 4.15m – the same height as Lucy Bryan and UK under-20 record-holder Molly Caudery.
“I really enjoyed the competition and 4.60m is a solid vault for me,” said Bradshaw.
In the sprint hurdles, Alicia Barrett successfully defended her title with 13.28 (-0.5) as she beat Megan Marrs and Jessica Hunter.
Saturday’s action also saw a number of heats. These included the women’s 800m where race winners included reigning champion Shelayna Oskan-Clarke, Lynsey Sharp, Alex Bell and Laura Muir – the latter of whom was a late entry to the event.
» See the July 5 edition of AW for full coverage of the action in Birmingham, while a day one men’s events report can be found here