Ojie shock puts him in Worlds
OJIE EDOBURUN qualified for the World Athletics Championships with a shock win in the men’s 100m at the British Championships in Birmingham.
Edoburun edged out Adam Gemili and Zharnel Hughes – with all three finishing in 10.18secs at the Alexander Stadium.
The British Championships double up as trials for the World Championships, which begin on September 27 in Qatar.
And Edoburun, 23, will be in Doha next month after claiming victory by one-thousandth of a second yesterday.
He said: “It’s taken me so long to figure out what works for me, while seeing my peers excel.
“I was so scared, having flashbacks of all the bad trials I’ve had over the years.”
European champion Hughes, who had targeted Linford Christie’s 26-year-old 100m national record of 9.87 in the final, said: “I’m OK, I made the team.
“But I need to get back to the drawing board and come out again.”
Anguilla-born sprinter Hughes will compete in the 200m today against Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake and Gemili.
Gemili, 25, who also qualifies for Doha with his second place in the 100m, said: “It was not a great race but automatic qualification for Doha is what it’s about. I would have liked to have put on a show though.”
Dina Asher-Smith broke her own 100m British Championship record, finishing in 10.96sec ahead of Asha Philip and Daryll Neita.
The triple European champion, who plans to compete at 100m and 200m in Doha, was only competing in the shorter distance on home soil.
She will race the 200m in Zurich next week to seek qualification, and said: “I’m just happy I’ve booked my seat for at least one of the events.”
FLAGGING: Ojie Edoburun enjoys his Worldie moment