Prescod is con­fi­dent of sprint suc­cess at Euro­peans

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - SPORT -

SPRINTER Reece Prescod be­lieves Great Bri­tain can com­plete a 100m clean sweep at the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships.

The 22-year-old de­fended his ti­tle at the Bri­tish Cham­pi­onships on Satur­day and booked his spot at the Euro­peans in Ber­lin in Au­gust.

He won in 10.06 sec­onds with Zharnel Hughes runnerup in 10.13secs and CJ Ujah third in 10.18s at the meet­ing in Birm­ing­ham – al­though there was hope be­fore the race that Lin­ford Christie’s 25-year Bri­tish record of 9.87 may be beaten.

Hughes also qual­i­fied au­to­mat­i­cally, with Ujah need­ing a se­lec­tors’ pick to make it to Ger­many but he has the qual­i­fi­ca­tion stan­dard.

And Prescod, who has run a wind-as­sisted 9.88 this sea­son, feels the trio will be the ones to beat in Ber­lin, say­ing they could take all the medals.

He said: “Me and the boys are do­ing well. Zharnel is in good shape, CJ has come back and we are train­ing to­gether. Me and CJ will be ready to go, hope­fully he gets picked, and Zharnel is on form, so I don’t see why not.

“Ev­ery­one wants me to run sub-10 but I have no rush to run it. Ev­ery­one now knows me as a racer – I turn up for the oc­ca­sion and I do what I need to do to win.

“As for sub-10, I am rac­ing Di­a­mond League this year so it will come even­tu­ally. But to­day was about de­fend­ing my ti­tle and qual­i­fy­ing for the Euro­peans.”

Dina Asher-Smith took the women’s ti­tle in 10.97, a cham­pi­onship record and her third sub-11 sec­onds run of the sea­son.

“You can never feel un­beat­able, that’s when you get beaten. When you step onto the line you have to be con­fi­dent in your own abil­ity but no-one is un­beat­able,” she said.

“You have to run with con­fi­dence but also a bit of vul­ner­a­bil­ity to give your­self that ex­tra push.”

Kata­rina John­son-Thomp­son failed to clear 1.93m in the high jump but still posted a sea­son’s best of 1.90m, as she con­tin­ues her build-up to the hep­tathlon at the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships.

Mor­gan Lake set a high-jump per­sonal best of 1.97m and just failed to set a new na­tional record but qual­i­fied for the Bri­tish team at the Euro­peans.

Holly Brad­shaw will also rep­re­sent her coun­try in Ber­lin after win­ning the pole vault, with Nick Miller tak­ing the ham­mer ti­tle.

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