7th February 2018


Asha Philip’s best ever start to an indoor season continued as she chalked up her first victory of the 2018 IAAF World Indoor Tour in Dusseldorf on Tuesday evening.

Philip enjoyed four successful 60m runs ahead of Dusseldorf, all of them inside the standard for the World Indoor Championships and three inside 7.20 seconds.

The second leg of the World Indoor Tour was no different as Philip clocked 7.17 for victory, three days after finishing third in 7.12 at the opener across Germany in Karlsruhe.

Victory at the SPAR British Athletics Indoor Championships in Birmingham in ten days time will seal her worlds place for Birmingham and she leads the Power of 10 rankings by a full tenth of a second.

Elsewhere world champion Adam Gemili opened his season in Dusseldorf and comfortably hit the world indoor qualifying standard for the 60m, finishing fifth in 6.62.

World indoor champion from 2014 Richard Kilty maintained his consistency this season with a 6.63 for sixth – that mark dead on the qualifying standard for Birmingham.

Andrew Osagie finished third in his 800m heat for seventh overall in Dusseldorf, although his time of 1:47.41 minutes means he is still without the standard for world indoors.

David King, who ran 7.66 in France at the weekend for the 60m hurdles mark for Birmingham, clocked 7.75 for sixth in Dusseldorf and Tiffany Porter hit 8.20 in the heats of the women’s event.