Ojie shock puts him in Worlds

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Sports -

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

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