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Chijindu Ujah turns on power to shock James Dasaolu

By Guy Aspin

Chijindu Ujah was pleased to finally deliver when the pressure was on as he shocked James Dasaolu to take the British 100 metres title in Birmingham yesterday.

The 21-year-old, who came into last year’s Sainsbury’s British Championships as favourite only to end up third and also false-started in the 60m final at the European Indoor Championships in March, clocked 10.10 seconds into a slight headwind.

It sealed the Londoner’s spot on the team for the World Championships in Beijing in August, with Dasaolu joining him on the plane as a sluggish 10.24secs was good enough for second place at the Alexander Stadium.

With the likes of Adam Gemili and Richard Kilty missing through injury the field lacked strength in depth, but for Ujah victory provided confirmation that he can raise his game in a final.

“It feels good after last year,” said Ujah. “Everything went to plan, I was trying to reserve a lot of energy through the rounds.”

Dina Asher-Smith demolished the field to win the women’s 100m title in 11.08, 0.06s off her British record. It was a procession for the 19-year-old history student, who finished 0.35 clear.

Elsewhere, Jessica Ennis-Hill declared herself “really disappointed” with her javelin performance, a best throw of 39.84m leaving her in 12th place. She has vowed to make a late call over whether she will compete in Beijing.

Anyika Onuora held off the challenge of Christine Ohuruogu to claim a memorable victory over the world champion, booking her World Championship place with a 51.87 clocking.

Ohuruogu, who before this weekend had not raced since late May due to a hip strain and was only given the all-clear to compete in Birmingham on Thursday, came home in 52.04.

Sudanese-born Rabah Yousif claimed a shock 400m victory in a personal best 45.01.

Laura Muir produced a dominant display of front-running to claim a convincing 1500m win in 4:10.37, Lynsey Sharp defended her 800m crown in 2:02.40 and fellow Scot Eilidh Child won the 400m hurdles in 55.57.

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