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Dina Asher-Smith and Reece Prescod race to gold

Asher-Smith and Prescod race to gold
By Sportsbeat

30/06/2018 at 22:34Updated 30/06/2018 at 23:34

Dina Asher-Smith set a new British Championship record in Birmingham as she stormed to victory in the women's 100m at the Alexander Stadium.

The first day of competition in the Midlands saw the reigning European champion lower the Championship record to 10.97s and qualify for August's European Athletics Championships in Berlin.

The 22-year-old takes the title of British champion while Daryll Neita finished second and also qualifies for Berlin while Bianca Williams took bronze.

Asher-Smith now holds the British record for both 100m and 200m events and will defend her European 200m title later this summer.

In the men’s 100m Reece Prescod retained his British Championships title with a time of 10.06 seconds that saw him finish ahead of Zharnel Hughes.

Hughes clocked a time of 10.13 and both sprinters will head to the European Championships but Chijindu Ujah and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake miss out with their third and fourth places finishes, respectively.

Earlier in the day 21-year-old Morgan Lake beat Commonwealth heptathlon champion Katarina Johnson-Thompson to the high jump title after clearing 1.93m.

Lake also claimed gold at the British Championships in 2017 and later cleared 1.97m but couldn’t better Johnson-Thompson’s British record of 1.98m.

Katarina Johnson-Thompson reacts during the women's high jump final

Katarina Johnson-Thompson reacts during the women's high jump finalReuters

Johnson-Thompson’s 1.90m represents a season-best jump while Nikki Manson claimed bronze with 1.87m.

In the hammer Nick Miller threw 75.33m to walk away as British champion for 2018 and Chris Bennett took silver with 73.29m, Scott Lincoln took shot put gold.

Zak Seddon won the men’s 3,000m steeplechase while Naomi Ogbeta jumped to a 13.95m season-best effort to claim the triple jump title.

Sunday will see the finals of the majority of the events in Birmingham including Andrew Osagie’s quest for gold in the men’s 800m and Laura Muir’s competition in the same event after she won her heat on Saturday.

Sunday’s women’s long jump sees a star-studded field compete as Shara Proctor, Lorraine Ugen, Abigail Irozuru and former Olympic finalist Jazmin Sawyers fight it out for gold.

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