On the hottest day of the year.
In the women’s 100m it was a day to remember for Asha Philip (Christine Bowmaker). A personal best of 11.20 - an A standard - earned the former world youth champion a guaranteed place in the GB & NI team.
An understandably delighted Philip said: “An A standard, personal best and a win, I don’t know what more I could ask. Everything was perfect, my family was here, it was just amazing.
“I’ve been out for so long, so to come back injury free and run personal bests, it’s like the heavens have opened for me today.”
With one eye on the future, youngster Desiree Henry (Stanley Madiri) finished in bronze medal position to earn a life time best of 11.51.
Tiffany Porter (Rana Reider) displayed good form going into the IAAF World Championships to reclaim her British 100m hurdles title she last won in 2011.
Teenage sensation Jessica Judd (Rob Denmark) was beaten by the experienced Marilyn Okoro (Johnny Gray) to claim the British title. Both have the A standard having ducked under the two minute barrier this season, but the Shaftesbury Barnet athlete powered home with 100m to go.
“New British Champion, halleluiah!” enthused Okoro. “It feels fantastic. I just had to reverse last year, so I am really pleased.
“It was just about execution today, I’m healthy and I had a great challenger in Jess [Judd] and I had to get her back for a couple of weeks ago and I am just so glad to have booked my place to Moscow.”
Olympic silver medallist Christine Ohuruogu (Lloyd Cowan) secured the 400m national title with a comprehensive victory in 50.98.
“It feels nice to win domestically, now I can go tackle the guys abroad,” she said.
“It is always a good field and sometimes when you’re so used to running the global events sometimes you can view the domestic events less highly but you always have to work hard regardless and never let your guard down.”
The first Sainsbury’s British Championships title of the afternoon went to Jade Lally (Andrew Neal) in the women’s discus. The Shaftesbury Barnet athlete threw a season’s best and a UKA B standard distance of 60.23.
“Season’s best, British champion, it’s a complete turnaround from last year. I had a shocker last year but this year has been much better.”
There was disappointment for Yamile Aldama (Frank Attoh) in the women’s triple jump as the 2012 World indoor champion pulled out of the competition after four jumps with a hamstring problem. The British title went to Laura Samuel (Aston Moore) with a winning distance of 13.75m.
“It happened last week after Gateshead, my hamstring,” revealed Aldama. “After Gateshead I was training really well.
“I’m ready to go. I’m in good shape, but with a hamstring there’s nothing you can do.”
The women’s high jump title went to Emma Nuttall, who jumped a personal best of 1.87m. There were also wins for Chris O’Hare (Steve Gulley) in the 1500m, Andy Frost (Alan Bertram) in the hammer and Rachel Wallader (Geoff Capes) in the shot put. For the third consecutive year Lee Doran (Dave Parker) won the javelin with a distance of 70.77m.
Birmingham crowd favourite Hannah England (Bud Baldaro) and fellow 1500m compatriots Lisa Dobriskey (self) and Laura Weightman (Steve Cram) all qualified for tomorrow’s showdown.
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