Daryll Neita completes sprint double with dominant 200m win at UK Athletics Championships in Manchester

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic 100m finalist was the star of the three-day championships, adding the Women's 200m title on Sunday after her surprise victory over UK star Dina Asher-Smith in the 100m on Saturday at Team GB's trials for the World Athletics Championships

By Evelyn Watta
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Double Olympic bronze medallist Daryll Neita won the women’s 200m title at the UK Athletics Championships on Sunday (26 June).

Neita, who looked brilliant in the day’s qualifying rounds, finished the weekend unbeaten by clocking 22.34 in the Manchester final.

Beth Dobbin finished in second place in with 22.49, which should ensure her a spot on the GB Team at the World Championships in Eugene. Imani-Lara Lansiquot was third in 22.70.

The win completes an impressive double for 25-year-old Neita. On Saturday she beat Britain's reigning world 200m champion Dina Asher-Smith in the women’s 100m final in 10.80 seconds.

"It's a major stepping stone for this year as we head into major championships this year," said the 25-year-old who won silver for Great Britain in the 4x100m relay at the last two World championships in London in 2017 and Doha two years later. Her two Olympic medals also came in the sprint relays, at Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 in 2021.

Neita was disappointed to have missed out on the World Championship qualification for the 200m by 100th of a second, but is excited about trying out both in future.

"The 100m (win) meant a lot to me as that has been my most dominant event. The 200m I am still figuring it out," she said.

"This is actually my first time doubling up and trying it at a championship, so it’s still pretty new for me. 100M I have experienced it and so it meant a lot but I really believe I can challenge in the 200m as well."

Elsewhere, Cindy Sember booked her spot at the World Championships in July by winning the women's 100m hurdles.

Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake ran a British national championship record time of 20.05 seconds in the men's 200m, with Joe Ferguson second in 20.23 to guarantee his place at Eugene 2022 too.

“I’ve been away for a long time and haven’t run this fast since 2018. It’s been a turbulent couple of years hampered by injuries," said the new 200m champion.

The fastest man in the world this year over 800m Max Burgin was in fine form winning in 1:44.54.

The 20-year-old front-runner was outstanding as he crossed the line ahead of Daniel Rowden (1:45.58) and Kyle Langford (1:46.34)

Jemma Reekie won the women's 400m hurdles in 55.08 seconds to confirm her spot in the squad for the Worlds.

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