Asha Philip predicts records will fall at Tokyo 2020 Olympics
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Newham and Essex Beagles sprint star Asha Philip predicts records will fall at Tokyo 2020 despite the disruption caused by COVID-19.
The 30-year-old’s hopes of adding to her 4x100m bronze in Rio were put on ice for 12 months with the postponed Games finally opening in July.
And hunger for success at an all-time high across the planet the Leyton native - who was ruled out of contention for Beijing 2008 and London 2012 through injury - is expecting a feast of world records and box-office battles.
“The pandemic has definitely done something to us athletes - we’ll be twice as good as we were before,” said Philip, who is working with Purplebricks to encourage the nation to get behind Team GB on their journey to Tokyo.
“It’s going to be different without our families and fans there, but I do think it is going to be one of the best Olympics ever in terms of the sport that’s actually on show.
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“I think the opportunity to take a break, spend time with loved ones and do all the things we’ve missed out on during lockdown was really refreshing. From my point of view I was able to watch my nieces and nephews grow up, which was good for the soul.
“I’m feeling good now - I think I’m in the strongest shape I’ve ever been. The gold medal is looking very shiny in the relay, and getting to the final of the individual 100m is also one of my big targets.”
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While unable to count on trackside support from mum Sharon and aunties Alric and Fay in Japan, Philip believes the ‘ping’ of supportive social media messages will prove key.
And with the likes of relay partners Dina Asher-Smith there to lean on, she is confident the team can utilise their strong bond and yield medal success once again.
She added: “My family came with me to Rio, and it is a bit upsetting knowing that after a tough Olympic cycle I won't be able to get my hug from my mum.
“I do think it’s going to be quite tough for a lot of the athletes, but we have to try and stay as safe as possible. My family love a WhatsApp group - I’ll just be calling at random times and hoping someone answers!
“Having the relay girls will help. It’s quite relaxed and there’s a lot of banter between us, so we know we have each other as well as the staff and the wider team.”
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