Chijindu Ujah becomes third fastest Briton of all time after breaking the 10-second barrier

Last Updated: 09/06/14 8:35am

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Chijindu Ujah - rising star of British athletics

Chijindu Ujah - rising star of British athletics

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Chijindu Ujah became the third fastest British sprinter of all time on Sunday evening when he ran 9.96 seconds at a meeting in the Netherlands.

The 20-year-old is only the fifth Briton to break the 10-second barrier, and only Linford Christie (9.87) and James Dasaolu (9.91) have ever run faster.

Dwain Chambers and Jason Gardener are the other two Britons to have broken 10 seconds.

“I’m still in shock,” admitted Ujah. “It hasn’t sunk in. But I did have a feeling this was coming. My group has been training well and we are all on form.

“I knew what type of shape I was in when I ran 10.17 in Loughborough three weeks ago.”

British team-mate Adam Gemili later tweeted: “Massive respect bro, everyone who knows you knew this was coming. Beast!”

However, the Londoner did not win the race at the Hengelo meeting – he finished second behind Richard Thompson of Trinidad and Tobago.

Fellow-Britain Harry Aikines-Aryeetey finished fifth in a time of 10.03, with James Ellington (10.18) in ninth.

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