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Sprinter Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake breaks 30-year British record at the British Athletics Team Trials

NEW RECORD: NETHANEEL Mitchell-Blake

SPRINTER NETHANEEL Mitchell-Blake won the 200m at the British Athletics Team Trials and set a new British record in the process.

Nethaneel stormed home in a time of 20.18 to eclipse John Regis’ Championship Best Performance set 30 years ago and reach the qualifying time for the World Athletics Championship next month.

The 23-year-old said: “This is the first time I’ve run in front of my home crowd and the experience is second to none,”

“I am so pleased I have the opportunity to do it again in London. It was a great field, it was the last event (on the programme at the Team Trials) for a reason, as everybody stepped up and hopefully we can do the country proud now in London.”

Asked if he was confident going into the World Championships, the British-born, Jamaica-raised athlete said: “Why would I not be? I have an opportunity to showcase my talent in front of London and the world. I am going for it.”

He added: “My plan now is to recover and sit down with my coach (Dennis Shaver) to decide what is best between now and London. The aim is to get ready for August.”

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