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Beagles star wins despite poor start

PUBLISHED: 13:00 14 February 2018

Asha Philip wins the 60m in Germany

Asha Philip wins the 60m in Germany

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Philip is delighted with the shape she is in before British Championships

Newham & Essex Beagles sprint star Asha Philip completed her mini German venture with victory at the PSD Bank Meeting in Düsseldorf on the IAAF World Indoor Tour last week.

After finishing third in 7.12secs in Karlsruhe last week, the 28-year-old went a couple of places better in women’s 60m at full-capacity Arena-Sportpark, recovering from a poor start to shine through in 7.17.

“My start was really bad,” Philip admitted. “I know my coach told to me to work on the beginning part of my race because you work on the end and the start comes together by itself.

“I thought I was going to mess up, but I didn’t panic. I put my foot down and obviously I came through at the end. That was a really good thing because I didn’t want to not win or do well.

“To run 7.17 in those conditions and how poor I thought I ran means I’m in really good shape.”

Poland’s Ewa Swoboda took second in 7.20, American Quanesha Burks third in 7.22, while fellow compatriot and defending World Indoor champion Barbara Pierre came further down in the pecking order in seventh in 7.34.

But for the likeable Philip, the cousin of England netball internationals Kadeen and Sasha Corbin, the victory in Düsseldorf has put her in good spirits for this weekend’s SPAR British Athletics Indoor Championships in Birmingham.

“It was good, but I just know I have a few little things to work on, but I know that always happens so that will come into place at the championships where it really matters,” she continues.

“Right now I’m consistent and I know there is more to come especially as I got so close in my last race and to do two back-to-back, I have never done back-to-back races like this, I feel like it’s really good, I’m pleased.

“I’m going to rest up now and get ready for the trials and then the world championships.”

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