FOURTH AGAIN FOR PHILIP

Athletics Weekly - - COM­MON­WEALTH GAMES -

ASHA PHILIP was dis­traught af­ter fin­ish­ing in yet an­other frus­trat­ing fourth place at a ma­jor cham­pi­onships.

The for­mer IAAF world un­der-18 100m cham­pion and Euro­pean in­door 60m win­ner has en­joyed her fair share of suc­cess over the years, es­pe­cially when you con­sider her ca­reer al­most ended as a teenager af­ter a hor­rific knee in­jury at a tram­po­line com­pe­ti­tion.

But ever since com­ing fourth in the world ju­nior 100m fi­nal in 2006, she has en­dured a nasty habit of end­ing up just out of the meals.

Philip was also fourth at the 2014 Com­mon­wealth

Games, 2016 Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships and 2014 World In­doors.

She said: “I’m gutted. That was hor­ri­ble. I know I am so much bet­ter than that and then I go and do that. It was a medal up for grabs. I’ve come again to the Com­mon­wealth Games and I’ve come fourth. I don’t un­der­stand why I keep do­ing that. I’ve got so much in me.

“Af­ter the semi I was so con­fi­dent and then that hap­pens. I am re­laxed, I’m not ter­ri­fied, I’m not scared, I’m just so con­fi­dent in my­self. I know this sport in­side and out now. I just don’t un­der­stand why I keep per­form­ing like that. I’m so much bet­ter.

“Go­ing from what hap­pened in­doors to just now, I’m re­ally frus­trated with my­self. When I go home, eat some cake, I’ll be fine. The re­lays are up for grabs. It will be nice to run for Eng­land, it will be a dif­fer­ent team but I know what we’re ca­pa­ble of.”

If it’s any con­so­la­tion to Philip, Ahye’s most com­mon po­si­tion un­til this week was sixth – she fin­ished in that place in the 100m and 200m at the Rio Olympics, the 2017 World Chamion­ships at 100m and 4x100m and the last two world in­door fi­nals at 60m.

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