Philip eyes European indoor qualification at trials

07 February 2013 / 12:02

British sprinter Asha Philip may already have secured the European indoor qualifying standard but she knows the job is only half done as she aims for a top-two finish at this weekend’s trials.

The 22-year-old, the 2007 world youth 100m champion, cemented her place at the top of the UK rankings by running 7.24seconds – 0.06 inside the qualifying mark – at the Birmingham Games last weekend.

And, not wanting to take her foot off the gas with a trip to Gothenburg for the European Indoor Championships up for grabs, Philip intends to maintain her strong start to the season at the trials in Sheffield.

And, with the likes of Olympic gold and silver medallist Christine Ohuruogu in the field for the 60m, Philip admits she may need to beat her personal best of 7.19 to guarantee her participation in Sweden.

“I had a great start to the season last weekend securing the European indoor qualifying time in Birmingham, and now my sights are set on making the team for Gothenburg with a top-two finish,” said Philip.

“The 60m in Sheffield is going to be really competitive with the likes of Montell (Douglas) in the field as well as Annabelle (Lewis) and Hayley (Jones), who have both had strong starts to the season.” 

“I had a really good indoor season last year, and I’m now hoping to push on and go even better in 2013.”  

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