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Philip excited to compete in Birmingham next year

Philip excited to compete in Birmingham next year
By Sportsbeat

02/09/2017 at 12:46Updated 02/09/2017 at 13:05

Having won silver in London last month, Asha Philip is relishing the opportunity to compete on home soil once more when Birmingham welcomes the World Indoor Championships next year.

Philip formed part of Great Britain's silver medal-winning 4x100m relay team at the World Championships in London in August, and reached the semi-finals of the individual 100m.

Earlier this year, she broke the British 60m record to win European gold in Belgrade to cap a superb indoor season, as well as becoming British champion over 60m and 100m.

And when Birmingham hosts the World Indoors next March, the 26-year-old is feeling confident that more success can come her way.

"I love doing the 60m and the fact that it's another home championships, I don't really want to miss out on that," Philip said.

"If all goes well I will be competing. I know it's two spots this time as opposed to three in the Europeans but I have a good chance.

"Now being the national record holder and winning the Europeans, hopefully I'll be a massive contender."

One of Philip's biggest incentives to reach Birmingham is to have the opportunity to race in front of a British crowd again.

And having experienced that first hand in London last month, she is confident Britain can put on a show once more.

"I really am looking forward to that championships because a home crowd is insane," she said.

"Birmingham has a fantastic track, the warm-up area is brilliant. I hope everyone does buy their tickets and comes out to support because it will be a spectacular event.

"Brits know how to put on an event and all the other countries know that the Brits know how to do it well. They love their sport so we really hope that everyone will turn out and watch."