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Sister act earns medals as Beagles Asha misses out in big final

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
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Newham & Essex Beagles Asha Philip says she can take pride in her achievement at last weekend’s World Indoor Athletics Championships despite agonisingly missing out on the medals in the women’s 60m final at ERGO Arena, Sopot, Poland.

The 23-year-old Team GB sprint star was already playing catch up when pre-race favourites Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce from Jamaica and Ivory Coast’s Murielle Ahoure immediately flew out of their starting blocks.

But it was the London 2012 Olympic 100m champion Fraser-Pryce, known on the track as ‘The Pocket Rocket’, who claimed the gold medal in a world leading time of 6.98 seconds.

Ahoure followed in 7.01 while American Tianna Bartoletta clinched the bronze medal (7.06) ahead of fourth placed Philip who clocked 7.11.

“I know in my heart and soul I could have gone quicker,” said Philip who is the reigning British champion. “I came fourth in the world, and it’s more than I could have asked for because coming from my background I didn’t think I’d get this far.

“I’m gutted I didn’t do what I did in the heats and semis.

“But it was a great experience because I’ve missed out on finals for so long (since 2007) so I can take pride in what I’ve done.”

Also in the Polish seaside town a frustrated but very disappointed Robbie Grabarz will quickly want to forgot his 2014 World Indoor Championship experience following a poor showing in the men’s high jump.

The 26-year-old miserably failed at all three of his three 2.28m attempts in the qualifying round.

“I did expect a lot more of myself and I’m disappointed,” said British champion Grabarz. “I didn’t put myself in the right position to do it and it wasn’t even difficult to make the final which makes it more frustrating.

“But I move on and jump higher outdoors.”

However there was some medal success for the Beagles as 2013 world championship golden girl Christine Ohuruogu anchored her Team GB 4x400m relay colleagues to a third-place bronze medal finish in 3:27.90.

USA overcame Jamaica to claim the top honours in 3:24.83.

“It was a tough last leg,” admitted Ohuruogu, whose younger sister Victoria raced in the qualifying heats to earn her own medal.

“I know McPherson (Jamaica) had run a storming leg yesterday, so I knew it was tough. It was a case of holding on to third and chasing for second if that was a possibility that was my plan.”

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