Reece Prescod aims to start challenging world´s best

Sprint star Reece Prescod insists he can challenge the rest of the world for gold – if he can get his start right.

The 22-year-old finished second behind Christian Coleman in the 100 metres at the Birmingham Diamond League meet on Saturday.

He was beaten by Coleman, of the United States, by one-thousandth of a second while he pipped Noah Lyles, the fastest man in the world this year, into third.

A strong second 50m followed a typically slow start and, while he is improving off the blocks, Prescod is confident he can make an impact at next year’s World Championships in Doha.

“Once I have put another winter behind me, and got strong in the positions I need to get strong (it will improve),” said Prescod, who ran a personal best of 9.94 seconds.

“We have really good biomechanics at British Athletics and once we get some good numbers and data I feel there is no reason why I can’t be challenging for the worlds.

“The start is definitely a key thing I need to work on. If my start was the same and I was running the same times, I would be a bit like, ‘well, actually my start is not getting better’, but I am getting quicker, so I know in my head I am getting better.”

Prescod claimed European silver in the 100m in Berlin this month, coming behind Great Britain team-mate Zharnel Hughes.

He ran 9.96secs – going sub-10 for the first time – and now he has broken that barrier twice Prescod is eager for more.

“That has to be the aim. I have to keep challenging the best,” he said. “I can’t be resting on my laurels and try to run 10.

“I always said once I dropped below 10, my body would get used to it. I can’t be running 10s, now it has to be nines.

“I can get really fresh for Zurich so I should be fresh.”

Dina Asher-Smith will also race in the 100m Diamond League final in Zurich at the end of the month after coming second in the 200m in Birmingham.

The new triple European champion set two world leads of 10.85 and 21.89 while winning the 100m and 200m in Berlin and is keen to beat her own mark.

“I’ll be doing Zurich and the Continental Cup, I want to run another 10.8 before the season is done,” she said. “It’s what I’m training for. It would be lovely to do it in the Diamond League final.

“I’m looking forward to doing this style of Diamond League final. I haven’t done this style where it’s all or nothing. I like high pressure situations.”

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