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Beagle Asha bows out in World Championship semi-final

PUBLISHED: 16:53 12 August 2013 | UPDATED: 16:53 12 August 2013

Asha Philip celebrates victory in the Womens 100m Final during the British Championships and World Trials at the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham.

Asha Philip celebrates victory in the Womens 100m Final during the British Championships and World Trials at the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham.

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No final spot for Philip in Moscow

A disappointed Asha Philip went out of the World Championship 100 metres in Moscow at the semi-final stage after she could only finish seventh in her race.

The 22-year-old Newham and Essex Beagle had battled well on Saturday in her heat to make today’s semi-final, but coming out of lane seven she could not find the form to force her way into the final.

In the end she finished seventh in a time of 11.35 seconds, down on her personal best of 11.20 from the British trials. The race was won by Octavius Freeman of the United States in 11.08.

“I am disappointed in myself because I didn’t run a personal best, but this is a learning curve for me and I am lucky to be here after what I have been through,” she said.

“I can only learn from this race. I was still nervous and the race didn’t go quite as I had hoped - my coach is going to have a go at me about that.”

Philip got out of the blocks well, but from halfway she began to struggle and though she was only two hundredths of a second away from fifth spot, she had to settle for seventh.

“Next time I will run my heart out and hopefully I can make the final,” she said.

Philip has another chance for success in the 4x100m relay later in the week.


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