British Indoor Championships: Richard Kilty disqualified in Sheffield as Andrew Robertson, Andrew Pozzi and Asha Philip sprint to titles

Richard Kilty has won world and European 60m titles indoors
Richard Kilty has won world and European 60m titles indoors
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Former world and European champion Richard Kilty cursed deja vu after he was disqualified from the 60m final at the British Indoor Championships in Sheffield.

Kily missed out on a chance to retain his world indoor title last year after twitching on the blocks at Sheffield’s English Institute of Sport.

The Middlesbrough athletics club runner went into Saturday’s showpiece event as the fastest qualifier after clocking 6.62 to win his semi-final.

But the 27-year-old suffered the same fate 12 months on after he was penalised for rising early from lane three.

Andrew Robertson went on to take the national title in 6.57sec – continuing his unbeaten start to the season – with Theo Etienne (6.59) dipping ahead of Dwain Chambers (6.62).

“I don’t know what happened,” Kilty said.

“When they said it was lane three, I just thought ‘this is de ja vu’. I think stupidly more than trying to win the race,

"I was chasing a really fast time. I shouldn’t have done that. I should have gone out to win”

Robertson will now lead the British sprinters at the European Indoors in Belgrade next month.

“I don’t want to be over there to make the numbers up,” the 26-year-old said.

“I think that time today (6.57) has put me second or third on the rankings for Europe, and I don’t even feel like that was me at my best, so hopefully I can continue to progress and show I have that bit more in the tank”

Sheffield and Dearne sprinter Imran Rahman went out in the semi-final stage, clicking 6.71.

Asha Philip defended her sprint crown in the women’s 60m in 7.19sec to put her sixth on the European list – with British teammate Dina Asher-Smith (7.41) fastest.

Eilish McColgan, who won her appeal to remain on British Athletics funding in December, took the 3,000m title after winning an intense battle with Stephanie Twell.

Andrew Pozzi produced a dominant display to win the 60m hurdles final in 7.51sec.

Rising star Morgan Lake held off an inspired Bethan Partride to win the women’s high jump on countback after clearing 1.89m, while Rio Olympian Shelayna Oskan-Clarke won the 800m in a season best of 2.03.54.

Sheffield’s Danield Gardiner (7.70m) finished third in the long jump. Leeds’s Ossama Meslek missed out on a fastest losers’ place for Sunday’s 1,500m final after finishing fifth in his heat.