Sprinter Dina Asher-Smith claims gold at Sainsbury’s British Athletics Indoor Championships
PUBLISHED: 10:14 11 February 2014 | UPDATED: 10:14 11 February 2014
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Dina Asher-Smith’s victory in the 200m at the Sainsbury’s British Athletics Indoor Championships, in Sheffield, was the highlight of a very special weekend for female sprinting at Blackheath & Bromley.
Still an under 20, she claimed her first senior title as the club won four out of six medals in the 60 and 200 metres.
The 200m final was almost like a club championships as Dina ran an indoor best of 23.20s for victory. The time is six hundredths shy of her outdoor best.
Just behind in the silver medal position was Shannon Hylton who ran 23.24s, a personal best both indoors and outdoors. Fourth was Shannon’s twin sister Cheriece in a time of 24.25s. All three are under 20s and coached by John Blackie.
Dina and Shannon’s times are the two fastest in the country this year for both the senior and junior age groups, and Dina’s was also a stadium record.
Cheriece’s 24.05s time in her heat leaves her equal fourth fastest senior in the UK and third under 20.
The day before Dina had won the silver medal in the 60m final in 7.25s, having run a personal best of 7.22s in the semi final. In third place was Montell Douglas who clocked 7.30s. Cheriece ran a best of 7.60s in her heat and Shannon timed 7.54s in the semi final.
The 200m is no longer contested at the World Championships but Dina’s 7.22s in the 60m is a qualifying performance and she will await the selectors deliberations to see if she is picked to compete in Sopot, Poland, next month.
It was silver also for Serita Solomon in the 60m hurdles in a time of 8.24s and to add to the celebrations Chioma Matthews won bronze in the triple jump with a leap of 13.18m.
Elsewhere Oliver Newport was seventh in the men’s long jump with a distance of 7.29m; Dan Putnam made the semi final of the 400m having run 47.84s in his heat; Rachel Dickens was fourth in her heat of the 400m in a seasons best of 55.63s; Jahisha Thomas was just outside her best with 8.64s in the 60m hurdles; and Toby Olubi timed 6.95s in the 60m heats.
Had they not been attending universities in the United States, Jonathan Ilori and Lorraine Ugen would both have been at Sheffield. Instead Jonathan competed at the Armory Collegiate Invitational at New York where he leapt 15.29m in the triple jump.
Lorraine took the weekend off jumping to do some sprinting. At the Texas A&M Aggie Invitational at College Station, in Texas, she timed 7.57s for the 60m and 24.93s for the 200m.
It has been an eventful couple of months for Elaine Rayner. Newly married, settling into a new home and now back in race mode after a long period out through illness. She won the final Kent League senior women’s race at Swanley.