A busy weekend ended with a championship record-breaking victory for Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake as the world fourth-placer and relay champion stormed to success to retain his 200m title on the second day of the Müller British Athletics Championships.
Crossing the line with 20.24 (0.2m/s) on the clock, Mitchell-Blake improved by 0.01 a mark which had been set by John Regis in 1987 to finish narrowly ahead of Adam Gemili, who ran 20.26, and Leon Reid, who clocked 20.31.
It came after Mitchell-Blake finished fourth in the 100m on the first day of the championships in a warm and sunny Birmingham.
“It has been mentally exhausting but I don’t say that with any dismay or upset because it’s what I want, I signed up for it,” said the winner. “This is my job and I love doing it.
“I wasn’t too happy with the way it went yesterday but to come out today with the victory, I’m happy with where I’m at right now.”
Gemili had been threatened with disqualification earlier on in the day after it was announced that he had false started during his heat, but after an enquiry the decision was reversed and he received a conduct warning, later also securing a European Championships team place alongside Mitchell-Blake for the August event in Berlin.
In the 400m hurdles Dai Greene put a tough few years well and truly behind him to win his first British title since 2013 and also secure his spot for the Europeans.