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Athletics: Agyapong ready to mix with Britain’s best

PUBLISHED: 17:00 23 May 2018

Newham & Essex Beagles’ Finette Agyapong believes she is ready to mix with the cream of the crop of British women sprinters, writes Ziad Chaudry.

The 21-year-old from Plaistow clocked 17.24secs for fourth place over the rarely run 150m distance at the Arcadis Great City Games Manchester last Friday evening.

World Championship silver medalist Marie-Josee Ta Lou won in 16.60, with America’s multi-Olympic champion Allyson Felix second in 16.72 and Bianca Williams third in 17.09.

And Agyapong said: “The track conditions and the atmosphere was actually quite nice. It was a little different to running on a regular 400m track, but it was nice.”

British women’s sprinting is in a strong state with Agyapong’s clubmate Asha Philip, Dina Asher-Smith, Daryll Neita, Jodie Williams, Desiree Henry, Ashleigh Nelson, Imani Lansiquot and Bianca Williams expecting to compete for the 100m, 200m and sprint relay places for the European Championships.

And Agyapong, currently ranked 13th in the British women’s 100m standings with 11.49 achieved at last year’s British Championships in Birmingham, is pretty keen to grab a Euro place in Berlin, Germany in August.

“My main aim for this season is to get into the European team,” she added. “British female sprinting in the last year has massively improved so I’d like to be amongst the girls.”

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