London 2017: Mitchell-Blake through in 200 metres
PUBLISHED: 07:55 08 August 2017 | UPDATED: 07:55 08 August 2017
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Newham & Essex Beagles sprinter wins heat
Five years on from watching the 2012 Olympics from an office block in Jamaica, Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake took full advantage of his own moment at the London Stadium as he sealed his place in the World Championship 200m semi-finals.
Newham & Essex Beagles’ Mitchell-Blake, who competed at last summer’s Olympic Games in Rio, clocked a time of 20.08 seconds to win his heat, half a second quicker than Japan’s Shota Ilzuka in second.
And the 23-year-old will join fellow Brits Zharnel Hughes and Danny Talbot in Wednesday’s semi-finals, eager to improve on his 11th place finish at the same stage in Brazil.
While overwhelmed at his reception by the bumper home crowd in the capital, Mitchell-Blake is refusing to get carried away - but that’s not to say he’s not dreaming of a podium finish.
“I’m really happy with that,” he said.
“I’m glad to get through, and with one of the fastest times, that’s always a good achievement.
“Hopefully I can get a good lane in the next round, to set myself up and try to execute my plan.
“It felt amazing out there. The track is second to none.
“Before the race, I had premeditated what I was going to do, but I had to throw that out of the window straightaway.
“I don’t set myself any limits, the sky is the limit so let’s go for a medal and win!”
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