Reece Prescod continued his fine form at the Müller British Athletics Championships, clocking 10.06 to retain his national 100m title ahead of Zharnel Hughes and CJ Ujah in Birmingham.
The 22-year-old’s win last year had been unexpected, but this time he was well and truly in the spotlight thanks to his recent wind-assisted 9.88 in Eugene and 10.04 win at the Shanghai Diamond League.
Describing himself as “relieved” after gaining gold on a warm and sunny but blustery day, Prescod also secured his spot on the British team for the European Championships in Berlin in August.
“Coming here with expectation and pressure was quite big for me but I’ve run well and I’m happy that I’ve qualified for Europeans and I’m taking it step by step,” he said.
“I felt a lot of pressure today, it was a weird feeling. Before, I could come to Birmingham and sneak in behind everybody and get on but now everybody is watching me, coming up and asking for pictures.
It was really new to me but being at the World Championships last year gave me a lot of experience. I’m just taking it in my stride.
“I’m happy to come out champion today but with athletics, it’s anyone’s game,” he added. “I’m taking it bit by bit. I’m relieved that I won my title and I want to take it through to the next race.”
Hughes had clocked 9.91 to move to joint second on the UK all-time list in Jamaica earlier in the month and also secured his spot on the GB team alongside Prescod for Berlin after clocking 10.13 for silver ahead of Ujah with 10.18 for bronze.
World 200m fourth-placer Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake ran 10.20 in fourth, while Ojie Edoburun was fifth in 10.27.