Athletics: Beagles star Philip delighted with Berlin best

Asha Philip at the European Indoor Championships earlier this year (pic Jane Barlow/PA)

Asha Philip at the European Indoor Championships earlier this year (pic Jane Barlow/PA) - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

Newham & Essex Beagles star Asha Philip ensured a World Championships spot in Berlin on Sunday, writes Ziad Chaudry.

The 28-year-old ran the race of her life in the women's 100m at the Olympic Stadium and equalled her personal best of 11.10secs.

Poland's Ewa Swoboda won in a best of 11.07, as China's Xiaojing Liang (11.13) took third in a personal best.

Imani Lansiquot, who is currently second in the domestic rankings and hopes to join Philip and Dina Asher-Smith in Doha, was fifth in 11.20 having met the qualification standard with 11.09 in Switzerland.

And Philip, second to Asher-Smith at the British Championships and world trials, was delighted to turn her season round at just the right time, saying: "I wasn't thinking about anything else but the qualifying time.

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"I didn't want to give up. I didn't come this far to give up and I didn't give up. Even my legs and body telling me otherwise, I did not give up and got the qualifying time.

"I've equalled my PB and I haven't been that close for a while now because I've been injured for the last two years. To know I was able to come here and come to trials and come top two, then following week get the qualifying time, that was always my aim.

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"I have to perform when it matters and that's what I did. I performed at the trials and I performed here. I still go to the championships having that same fire."

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