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Beagles ladies get season off to a flier

PUBLISHED: 11:30 01 February 2018

Great Britain's Asha Philip before the Women's 4x100m Relay heat one during day nine of the 2017 IAAF World Championships at the London Stadium.

Great Britain's Asha Philip before the Women's 4x100m Relay heat one during day nine of the 2017 IAAF World Championships at the London Stadium.

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There were plenty of positives for Asha Philip and Finette Agyapong

Finette Agyapong of Newham & Essex Beaglesl in the European under-23s Finette Agyapong of Newham & Essex Beaglesl in the European under-23s

Two of Newham & Essex Beagles star women geared up for the new season by getting into the action in the last week.

The Commonwealth Games duo of Finette Agyapong and Asha Philip showed some early pace with one travelling to the Czech Republic and the other back in Newham for their sprint meeting.

Agyapong journeyed to Ostrava for two events last week and showed her sprint skills.

The Beagle doesn’t often run 60 metres, but managed to clock 7.36 seconds.

Emmanuel Sosanya with his gold medal won at the South of England Indoor Championships where he claimed the 400 metres Emmanuel Sosanya with his gold medal won at the South of England Indoor Championships where he claimed the 400 metres

The 20-year-old also took part in the 300m, where she finished fourth in a time of 37.74.

Philip, meanwhile, was the star of the show at Newham.

In her qualifying heat, the 27-year-old won in 7.18 seconds which put her in the A final where last year’s European 60m champion battled home to win.

There were plenty of other Beagles in action in Newham.

Among the women, Tayla Carter stormed to victory in the B final in a best of 7.69.

Dolita Shaw managed a new best in her heat, where she clocked 7.76, which was enough for the under-20 to make the A final where she went even faster, finishing third in 7.70.

Jazmin Whitehead-Shakes and Jasmine Okoye were very close to each other, clocking 8.09 and 8.11 respectively to be fourth and fifth in the B final, while Hannah Bell also made that final, finishing sixth with a best in her heat of 8.03.

Under-17s Priscille Manangu, Grace Alatise and Vanna Arthur all managed personal bests on the day, while under-15 Anaya Francis did the same with 8.97.

Kehinde Ademola managed a best of 8.14 to win the C final, while Otse Oguman clocked a best of 8.33.

For the boys, South Eastern champion over 400m, Emmanuel Sosanya honed his sprinting skills by finishing third in the B final in 7.01.

Mayowa Osunsami was even more impressive, as the under-20 runner managed personal bests in both his races, finishing just behind Sosanya in 7.03.

William Adeyeye was second in the C final in 7.10, while there were also good runs by under-17 Joel Pascall-Menzie (7.28) and Rotimi Osunsami (7.39).

Femi Seki was second in the E final with a best of 7.34, as T47 athlete Emmanuel Oyinde-Coker won the F final in 7.40.

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