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Dina Asher Smith’s victory in the 200 metres at the Sainsburys British Athletics Indoor Championships was the highlight of a very special weekend for female sprinting at Blackheath & Bromley. Still an under 20, she claimed her first Senior title as the Club won four out of six medals in the 60 and 200 metres.
The 200 metre final was almost like a Club Championships as Dina ran a seasons best of 23.20 for victory but just behind in the silver medal position was Shannon Hylton who ran a personal best. Fourth was Shannon’s twin sister Cheriece in a time of 24.25. All three are coached by John Blackie.
Dina and Shannon’s times are the fastest in the country this year for both the Senior and Junior age groups.
The day before Dina had won the silver medal in the 60 metres final in 7.25, having run a personal best of 7.22 in the semi final. In third place was Montell Douglas who clocked 7.30. Cheriece ran a best of 7.60 in her heat and Shannon timed 7.54 in the semi final.
It was silver also for Serita Solomon in the 60 metre hurdles in a time of 8.24 and to add to the celebrations Chioma Matthews won bronze in the triple jump with a leap of 13.18.
Elsewhere Oliver Newport was 7th in the mens long jump with a distance of 7.29; Dan Putnam made the semi final of the 400 having run 47.84 in his heat; Rachel Dickens was 4th in her heat of the 400; and Toby Olubi timed 6.95 in the 60 metre heats.
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