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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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Chebet and Chepkoech make it to the 1500m finals at World Indoor Championships

Kenya’s Winny Chebet made a historic debut at the ongoing World Indoor Championships in Birmingham when she crossed the line with a personal best of 4:05.81.

The 27 year old finished second in heat three that was won by the 2016 Indoor Champion Dutch national Sifan Hassan who cut the tape in season best of 4:08.46.

The former African junior champion will face an uphill task as she will battle for honors with the inform Genzebe Dibaba who 24 hours ago won gold in 3000m final.

While speaking to the press Chebet said, ” I thank God because i ran my PB during my debut. Am going to face Dibaba, Sifan and Muir but i will do my best to beat them God willing”.

Another Kenyan Beatrice Chepkoech will also be the star to watch as she took control of her heat to lead from the start to finish cutting the tape in 4:09.31.

Chepkoech who competes in 3000m steeplechase is best remembered from the last year’s world championships when she took a wrong turn making her finish in fourth position in a race that she was poised to win.

The two Kenyans will also battle with Hassan who took silver and the British champion Laura Muir who won a first medal (bronze) for his nation in the same race.

There are two notable big names that failed to make it to the final. The 2016 silver medalist Dawit Seyaum from Ethiopia who crossed the line 4:10.20 and former European 5000m champion Meraf Bata who tripped with two laps to go that forced her to finish a distant eight in 4:22.40.Both miss out on non-automatic qualifying slots.

The 1500m finals will be held on today (Saturday 3).