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Beagle Asha aims for medal at home World Indoor Champs

PUBLISHED: 13:00 08 February 2018

Asha Philip runs in Karlsruhe in the 60m

Asha Philip runs in Karlsruhe in the 60m

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German warm-up gets Philip on track

Newham and Essex Beagles Asha Philip says her campaign to reach next month’s IAAF World Indoor Championships is right on track, writes Ziad Chaudry.

The 28-year-old sprint star, who began her season winning two of her club’s 60m races two weeks ago, continued her excellent early season form with a third place 7.12sec in the women’s 60m sprint final at an Indoor Meeting in Karlsruhe, Germany last Saturday.

This closely contested encounter saw Tatjana Pinto lead a German 1-2 clocking a superb 7.10 while her compatriot Lisa Mayer registered the same time as Philip in front of a sell-out 6,000 crowd.

“I’m really happy with that,” said Philip, the current European 60m Indoor champion.

“For me to run those sorts of times, means I’m in good shape. I wasn’t doing that at the beginning of last year so it shows it’s going right.

“I just have to work on my start a little bit. It’s more like I still feel a bit rusty, but I’m really happy with that.

“I know that the end of my races is going to be better for the 100m in the months to come and I know my 60m will only get better.

“We’ve got this curve me and my coach (Steve Fudge) talk about. If I’m on the curve I’m in the right place.”

After London 2017 where she claimed a silver in the women’s sprint relay last August, Philip is realising the opportunity to compete in another home world championships in Birmingham in four weeks time and turn her appearance into a real family affair.

Her mum Sharon is from nearby Wolverhampton and will be expected to bring the rest of her family to cheer on their golden girl at Birmingham Arena come championships time.

“All I know is my whole family is going to be there,” said Asha. “It’s going to be an electric indoor championships.

“I’m only going to get better and then my coach will be proud of me,” she added. “There is always things to work on, but I know I am going for that medal at the world champs.”

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