‘I’m here to stay:’ Daryll Neita looks set to stay on top after beating Dina Asher-Smith

Daryll Neita insists she can become Britain’s sprint queen after winning the 200m title in Manchester.

The 25-year-old added the 200m crown to her 100m gold for the first women’s sprint double at the British Championships since 2010.

Neita ran 22.34 seconds ahead of Beth Dobbin and Imani Lansiquot in Manchester and believes she deserves recognition by beating Dina Asher-Smith in the 100 meters on Saturday.

“We are now two and I have worked very hard for this, we all do. I’ve always been here, I’m here now and here to stay,” she said.

“We’ve been racing since we were seven years old. She’s done her thing and now it’s my time to do my thing. We are good friends, we look at the bigger picture.

“I know you want rivalry, we ran yesterday and I won. You can just put ‘Daryll is the British champion’ and you don’t have to see someone else’s name in the title. We train very hard and we want both win I won these British Championships.

“I have set my ambition as high as possible because I believe in affirmation and if you don’t believe it, you will not achieve it. If you believe in the highest, that is what I strive for. I don’t think less.”

Despite reaching the World Championships in Eugene next month in the 100 meters, she does not have the qualifying time, missing a 100th of a second for the 200 meters and will not double next month.

“I ran at the same time last year and at the same time this year. It is what it is, but it’s still great. Me and my coach will adjust our plans and double down where it matters,” she said.

“It’s sad because I really believe I could make it to the final and the challenge for medals, but there are three champions this year, it is what it is.”

Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake ran a championship record of 20.05 seconds to win the 200m and secured his spot at the World Championships when the wind died down to make it a legal time.

“I’ve been away for a long time and haven’t run this hard since 2018. It’s been a turbulent couple of years, hampered by injuries,” he said.

“I have slowly forgotten. I’ve made a few changes, moved back to the UK and I’m in the shape of my life. I feel like I have a second wind in the sport.”

Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake won the 200 meters on Sunday. (Martin Rickett/PA)

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Mitchell-Blake was reluctant to speak about CJ Ujah, but echoed Zharnel Hughes, saying he forgives him after the sprinter’s positive doping test cost them their silver medal in the 4x100m relay at the Tokyo Olympics last year.

He said, “That’s a very, very good friend of mine. I just got on the plane to Oregon, so I want to focus on that and enjoy my win. I have said several times that I forgive him.

“I don’t think you’ll ever get over it. It is something that will be there for a lifetime, but you have to find your best self, live in the moment and understand how you determine your own destiny.

“We’ve got a senior group and we’ve got guys like Joe Ferguson coming in, Jeremiah Azu, we’ve got to get them in. Nobody can run forever.

“It’s about embracing them, bringing them into the fold and bringing out the best team to not only compete, but also win a medal.”

Ferguson’s second-place finish in 20.23 seconds saw him qualify for the British World Championships team, while Adam Gemili finished fifth after limping across the line with suspected cramp.

Jemma Reekie and Max Burgin won the women’s and men’s 800m, Holly Bradshaw was victorious in the pole vault, Morgan Lake was victorious in the high jump, Cindy Sember took the 100m hurdles title and Jessie Knight won the 400m to secure her place in the Team World Championships.

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