FOURTH AGAIN FOR PHILIP
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.