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Imani: My senior debut was a dream Athletics World Cup

GB sprinter Imani Lansiquot described her senior debut at the Athletics World Cup as a “dream” after winning relay gold.

The 20-year-old Sky Sports Scholar has been in fine form over the 100m in several events around Europe this season and was fourth in the British Championships in Birmingham.

Her first senior call-up for the prestigious eight-nation competition at the London Stadium was a worthy reward and she showed no sign of nerves in the GB vest in front of the Sky Sports cameras and 30,000 fans.

A storming second leg alongside team-mates Asha Philip, Bianca Williams and Shannon Hylton in the 4x100m relay provided Britain’s only triumph of the second day to help the hosts finish third in the overall standings.

Lansiquot said: “For my first ever senior experience, I couldn’t be more thrilled with taking a win with the girls.

“The event was so much fun, the fast-paced nature kept things exciting, and the crowd were amazing!

“I’ve been dreaming of running in that stadium since I was 14 and my first experience couldn’t have been more positive.

“I ran the second leg, where I practised in Geneva earlier this season, so I just wanted to run as hard as I could and made sure I got the baton safely round.

“I am now looking forward to returning to the Olympic stadium for the London Anniversary Games at the weekend where I’ll run in the 100m and the 4x100m.”

The USA won the inaugural World Cup finishing 57 points ahead of Poland and Great Britain seven points further behind.

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Justin Gatlin pulls out of Athletics World Cup

British Athletics will be spared the embarrassment of Justin Gatlin racing at its inaugural Athletics World Cup in London next month – but the event has been hit by further indifference from athletes in the US.

Sportsmail revealed in May that the new meet at the London Stadium on July 14-15 was suffering a headache with major doubts over the participation of bigger name athletes, including US sprinter Christian Coleman.

That situation has now been heightened with almost half of the USA’s eligible gold medallists from non-relay events at the 2016 Olympics and 2017 world championships ruling themselves out of selection by skipping their national outdoors championships, which start on Thursday in Iowa.

The list of absentees includes Torie Bowie, the 100m world champion, and 2017 100m world gold medallist Gatlin, as well as Allyson Felix, LaShawn Merritt, Brianna Rollins-McNeal, Kerron Clement, Dalilah Muhammad, Brittney Reese and Tianna Bartoletta, who are all either reigning world or Olympic champions.

A spokesperson for USA Track and Field confirmed to Sportsmail that their absence from the national championships would prevent them from being selected. Coleman, the fastest man in the world last year, is also confirmed as absent.

In the cases of Merritt, Gatlin and Rollins-McNeal, who have each previously served drugs bans, it avoids any awkwardness for the British Athletics, which launched the World Cup but has no hand in the selections of the other seven nations taking part.

They have previously snubbed Gatlin for invitations to their events on the grounds of not wanting athletes who ‘bring the sport into disrepute’.

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Julius Yego returns from European training camp

Kenya’s javelin sensation Julius Yego and world 5,000m champion Hellen Obiri will be among the elite athletes eyeing a return to the African Athletics Championships having skipped competition two years ago.

Olympic silver medalist Yego has been training in Europe and returned to Kenya for final preparations ahead of the national championships in Nairobi from Thursday, which will serve as trials for the Africa Championships.

Only the top two athletes in each discipline will secure their tickets to the competition in Asaba, Nigeria. This year’s event, which runs from August 1st to 5th, will be the 21st edition and will feature athletes from every one of Africa’s 54 states.

Speaking in Nairobi, Yego said he had gained tremendous ground since returning to action, after he battled groin and ankle injuries that saw him lose the world title last year in London.

“I have returned to action and managed to throw the javelin over 80 meters twice in Ostrava and Finland. Now the focus will be to make the Kenya team, compete in one more Diamond League event and head to Nigeria to try and win the Africa title,” he said on Tuesday.

However, for Obiri, the allure of competing at the Athletics World Cup in Ostrava, Czech Republic in September is what motivates her to return to the continental championships. Four years ago, she made the cut, but ultimately failed to win the 1,500m race.

“In my two previous appearances at the Africa Championships, I always competed in the 1,500m race. This will be my first time at the Africa Championships as a 5,000m athlete. In 2014 I won the 1,500m title in Mauritius but did not manage a podium finish during the World Cup,” said Obiri on Tuesday in Nairobi.

A sabbatical from competition to give birth to her first child and loss of form in 2018 have taken the wind out of Obiri’s sails.

However, she is confident of returning to top form ahead of Kenya’s trial this weekend and hopes she will go on to excel in Nigeria and also in Ostrava for the IAAF World Cup on September 8th and 9th.

“I’m confident in my training and I can see good results ahead, especially during the IAAF Athletics World Cup. I hope when I compete in the 3,000m it will erase the disappointments of 2014 when I finished fourth (4:08.15) and out of the medal bracket,” added Obiri.

Other athletes to look out for include Elijah Manangoi, the World and Commonwealth Games 1,500m champion, 400m hurdler Nicholas Bett, defending high jump champion Mathew Sawe and walking race duo Samuel Gathimba and Grace Wanjiru.

Kenya will be hoping to form a strong team to wrest the overall title from South Africa and hosts Nigeria, who have dominated the competition in recent years.

Ethiopia, Uganda and Morocco are also expected to feature strongly in the quest for medals.

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