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Britain's female sprinters eye 100m glory

GLORY BID: Desiree Henry

BRITAIN'S FEMALE sprinters eye a medal on the third day of the the World Athletics Championships. Asha Phillip, Desiree Henry and Daryl Neita all made it through to the 100m semi finals on August 6.

Neita won her heat in 11.15 seconds. She said:

"That's my second quickest time ever, and it just shows that, when I focus, I can get the job done.

"I've produced a few personal bests in the rain before in my younger years, but my coach said that, as it's a Mondo track, it won't take the rain too much anyway, so not to worry. That turned out to be very good advice.

"I don't know if the track feels quick, but it feels bouncy and you get a lot back from it when you throw force into it."

Phillip's time was better than Neita’s (11.14), she qualified as one of the fastest losers. Henry, who also qualified as one of the fastest losers had to sweat it out and her time of 11.32secs was just enough. All three British sprinters will face stiff opposition and could struggle to make the final.

Marie-Josee Ta Lou of Ivory Coast won her heat in 11 seconds dead. She said post race:

"As you could see, I didn't get the best start or a really really big start because this is something I am working on at the moment. Out there I was aiming to be top three, and I hope I can produce something better tomorrow in the semi-final.

"I'm not coming in here as the best, best athlete. I just want to keep improving and run like I am in a training session - relaxed.

"On the blocks, my heel was not comfortable and I was scared to false start, that is why I was slow out."

Her compatriot Murielle Ahoure was second in her heat in 11.04secs.

Torie Bowie won her heat in 11.05secs while NIgeria's Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor was second in 11.22.

Defending world Champion and OlympiccChampion, Elaine Thompson of Jamaica, also won her heat in 11.05 seconds and looks the favourite to retain her title here. The semi final and final will take place on Sunday evening.

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