Philip (Newham & Essex) and silver medallist Rosangela Santos of Brazil both clocked the exact same time, right down to the nearest thousandth of a second; 11.459. But using the most up-to-date computerised methods, the judges awarded Philip the victory by a single pixel from the high-definition photo finish image.
Initially it appeared that two gold medals would be awarded after the stadium scoreboard displayed both athletes in first place with 11.46, before Philip was eventually declared the sole winner after an agonising few minutes.
Team-mate Ashlee Nelson (City of Stoke) made it a double celebration for the Norwich Union GB & NI team as she claimed a superb bronze in 11.58. Philip always looked the class act throughout the rounds, but her mettle was put to the test in a nervy final, which saw two false starts and the eventual disqualification of USA’s Erica Alexander.
Philip made the best start of all and looked to have the race tied up as she pulled clear, but in the last 10 metres Santos made a late dash and almost nicked it. Reacting to her historic feat: “It won’t be the last. Not with me and Ashlee about!
“I wasn’t aware of the Brazilian girl until about five metres out and I thought ‘Oh no!’ I think it’s the first time I have actually dipped properly.” Reflecting on her success, she agreed it was her greatest accomplishment to date. “Yes, so far.” She said. “It’s one of those stepping stones I’ve jumped and hopefully there will be many more.”
Nelson was following in the footsteps of her elder brother Alex, who won 100m silver at these championships two years ago in Marrakech, Morocco, behind another Briton; Harry Akines-Aryeetey. “I thought ‘I want one of them’”. She said on her brother’s return to their Stoke base two years ago.
“I came to these championships, having not had much of a winter with problems with my Achilles, so I’m really pleased.”
Louise Webb (Team Southampton) and Sarah Hopkinson (Gloucester AC) were due to contest the heats of the women’s 2000m steeplechase, but the organisers have decided to run the competition as a straight final.
The British duo will form part of a 17 strong field for Saturday’s final at 19:00, UK time.
Medal flashes, quotes from every athlete and morning and evening session reports will be provided throughout the World Youth Championships. For detailed results, see www.iaaf.org
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photos Janos Schmidt