REECE PRESCOD upset the odds over the weekend to be crowned British 100metres champion in Birmingham and book his
place in next month’s World Athletics Championships in London.
The sprinter from Enfield and Haringey Athletic Club was not seen as one of the favourites heading into the British Championships, which doubled up as the national trials for the forthcoming showpiece event in the London Stadium, but he exceeded expectations by progressing through the rounds and then clocking a time of 10.09seconds to triumph in the final.
“I feel great,” he said. “To come and get a medal was always the aim. I am so ecstatic now that I managed to produce in the final with a season’s best. Now I hope I can get even faster.
“I was confident going into the race but I was also nervous because I knew that everyone was running well. In a championships everyone is nervous especially with these fast guys around.
“I now want to stay healthy, get stronger and make sure everything is good and ready for London.”
Club colleague CJ Ujah recorded the fastest time of the day with a wind-assisted 9.98secs in the semi-finals but was forced to withdraw from the final with a minor injury and faces an anxious wait to see if the selectors will give him the discretionary third spot in the event – although he seems certain to make the 4x100m relay squad at the very least.
Fellow Enfield and Haringey sprinter Ojie Edoburun came fourth in the final (10.21secs).
And Bianca Williams can also look forward to competing in the World Championships after coming second in the 200m in 23.05secs. Pre-race favourite Desiree Henry could only come third (23.14secs) and is now relying on the selectors for a spot in London.
Callum Wilkinson came second in the men’s 5,000m walk in a personal best time of 18minutes 56.96secs, while Khai Riley-La Borde was runner-up in the men’s 110m hurdles (13.71secs).