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Daryll Neita stuns Dina Asher-Smith in Manchester and aims for the world stage

New British champion Daryll Neita insists she can match Dina Asher Smith on the world stage after winning his 100m title.

Olympic 100m finalist Neita clocked 10.80 seconds at the British Championships in Manchester Saturday to edge out Asher-Smith. His time would have broken Asher-Smith’s British record of 10.83 seconds had it not been for the heavy wind assist.

The 200m world champion ran 10.87 seconds but couldn’t beat British teammate Neita, who thinks she can challenge Asher-Smith ahead of next month’s world championships in Eugene.

Daryll Neita beat Dina Asher-Smith in the 100m (Martin Rickett/PA)

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She said: “I saw her do amazing things on the world stage and it was very inspiring, but I always knew I could do it too. It gives me a lot of confidence and I really believe that there is no limit for me.

” I’m very happy. I worked so hard for this. Finally getting the gold means so much.

Last year’s champion Asher-Smith edged out Imani Lansiquot but couldn’t hide her frustration in second place.

She said, “I’m bored because I’d rather win. I’m fuming because I don’t like to lose but I told her face to face that I’m very happy for her. She worked very hard and improved so much over the years.

“I don’t like to lose so I’m angry but I’m glad to be in one piece to fly to Eugene.

“Nationally it’s really important to have this rivalry, to have someone else setting the times. To have all the sprint girls doing really well is amazing.

“I’ve been working on things in practice, my body is in good shape, we just need things to fall into place at the right time. It doesn’t impact my expectations for Oregon.

Last year’s European Under-23 champion Jeremiah Azu stunned Zharnel Hughes and Reece Prescod to win the men’s 100m title with a wind-assisted time of 9.90 seconds that would otherwise have been a record of the championship.

Hughes ran 9.91 seconds in the semis, despite being heavily assisted by the wind, but could only finish third with Prescod second.

“I had it on my lock screen on my phone since last year – 2022 British champion – and to stand here and say it, I’m so grateful,” said Azu, who is still expected to earn a spot in the British team for Eugene around the world. rankings.

“This is just the start, I’m 21 and looking to change sprinting in Britain forever.”

Laura Muir won the 1500m title for the first time in six years after taking a comfortable victory in four minutes 12.91 seconds.

The Scot, who finished fifth in the 1500m in Doha three years ago, will now travel to America next week ahead of the World Championships.

“If you had asked me how I felt a few weeks ago, I would have been a little uncomfortable,” said Muir, who won Olympic silver last summer.

“It was nice last week to do some 800m and say ‘OK, we’re fine, training translates into races’. I still have a few weeks left and I feel in a very good position.

“It was all about succeeding and getting that place at Worlds and I’m happy to have succeeded. It’s my first British 1500m title since 2016, so I’m happy to get it back. Being injured, doing the 800m, Covid, I haven’t run in so long.

Muir won the 1500m title in Manchester. (Isaac Parkin/PA)

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Jake Wightman won the men’s 1500m crown with Josh Kerr, who won Olympic bronze last year, is third, and new British record holder Matthew Hudson-Smith is the 400m champion. Elliot Thompson, son of two-time Olympic champion Daley, won the decathlon.

Keely Hodgkinson finished fifth in the women’s 400 with a personal best 52.41 seconds, the title being won by Victoria Ohuruogu.

Hodgkinson was using the weekend as speed training, having dropped out of the 800m as she plans to add to her Olympic silver medal.

She added: “I will be one of the favorites for the medal. You can’t think about the pressure or get too nervous because it’s a very good position. I just can’t wait to go out there and fight for the gold medal.

Daryll Neita stuns Dina Asher-Smith in Manchester and aims for the world stage

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