October 1 2014 Latest news:
Dave Evans, Athletics correspondent
Monday, July 28, 2014
Newham and Essex Beagles star Asha Philip set a new personal best in the Commonwealth Final, but it could only earn her fourth place
Newham and Essex Beagles star Asha Philip just missed out on a medal in the Commonwealth Games 100 metre final as she battled to fourth place in the final tonight.
The 23-year-old former World Junior Champion, who had a personal best of 11.19, set earlier this summer, knew she would probably have to beat that if she was to earn a place on the podium in Glasgow.
In the end she stormed to a new personal best of 11.18 seconds, but it was never quite enough to live with the three medallists in a race won by Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare who smashed the Games record to win the race in a stunning 10.85 seconds.
Running against three Jamaicans and two Nigerians as well as fellow England runner Bianca Williams, the Beagle made a superb start to stay with everyone except Okagbare in the first half of the race.
However, class told in the final 20 metres as the first three pulled away with Okagbare taking gold with Jamiacan duo Veronica Campbell-Brown and Kerron Stewart collecting silver and bronze.
It was a superb run by the English girl, but she was still slightly disappointed to miss out on a medal.
“Fourth is such a cruel place to finish,” she said afterwards. “But the fact that I can come here and compete with these girls is great. I am really happy with that.
“They say it is difficult to run a pb in the final of a championship, but I did that, so I will take that. Obviously I wanted a medal, but I will take that on the chin.”
Philip will now look for a medal in the 4x100m relay later in the week.
Earlier in the evening, Philip has eased her way through to the final of the 100m with a controlled performance to take second place in the semis.
She flew out of the blocks, but as she eased down slightly, she was overtaken by Jamaican sprinter Schillonie Calvert, who won the race in 11.08 seconds, while Philip clocked 11.21 to be second.
That made her the fourth fastest going into tonight’s final, putting her in lane eight, with the fastest woman going into the gold medal race being Okagbare of Nigeria who was the only woman to dip below 11 seconds.