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Asha Philip
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Personal information
Full name Asha Solette Philip
Nationality British
Born (1990-10-25) 25 October 1990 (age 33)
Leyton, London, England
Education Kingston University
Height 1.64 m
Weight 67 kg
Country Great Britain
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 100 metres
Club Newham & Essex Beagles
Coached by Steve Fudge
Medal record
Women's athletics
Representing  Great Britain
Olympic Games
Bronze 2016 Rio de Janeiro 4×100 m relay
Bronze 2020 Tokyo 4×100 m relay
World Championships
Silver 2017 London 4×100 m relay
Silver 2019 Doha 4×100 m relay
World Relays
Silver 2014 Nassau 4×200 m relay
Bronze 2015 Nassau 4×100 m relay
European Championships
Gold 2014 Zürich 4×100 m relay
Gold 2018 Berlin 4×100 m relay
Silver 2016 Amsterdam 4×100 m relay
European Indoor Championships
Gold 2017 Belgrade 60 m
Bronze 2019 Glasgow 60 m
Representing  England
Commonwealth Games
Gold 2018 Gold Coast 4×100 m relay
Silver 2022 Birmingham 4×100 m relay
Bronze 2014 Glasgow 4×100 m relay

Asha Solette Philip (born 25 October 1990) is an English sprinter and former junior gymnast specialising in double mini-trampoline. She was the first British woman to achieve a global 100 metres title at any age-group, winning gold at the 2007 World Youth Championships aged 16. Following a serious knee injury in gymnastics, and a rehabilitation period of several years, she returned to athletics full-time in 2014, winning gold at the European Athletics Championships in the 4 x 100 metres relay for Great Britain, and bronze in the same event at the Commonwealth Games for England.

She won her first senior individual title in 2017, claiming gold at the 2017 European Athletics Indoor Championships 60 metres for women, and with Dina Asher-Smith, Desiree Henry and Daryll Neita formed part of the Great Britain 4 × 100 m relay squad which won an Olympic bronze medal in the 4 x 100 metres relay at the 2016 Rio Games. She also won silver medals in the same event at the 2017 and 2019 World Championships. A noted fast starter and 60 metre sprinter, Philip generally runs the first leg on relay duty.


Philip had competed in double mini trampoline since aged 4. She was a World Junior Champion on double mini-trampoline, winning gold in the junior (15–16 years old) girls category in the world age competition in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

In July 2007, Philip won the World Youth Athletics Championships gold in the 100 metres, but shortly afterwards suffered a serious cruciate ligament injury representing Great Britain in the double-mini team event at the senior Trampoline World Championships in Quebec, Canada, which halted her sporting career entirely for three years. This ruled her out of a chance at selection for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.

On her return from injury, Philip completed solely in athletics, and was part of the Great Britain teams that won a silver medal in the 4 x 200 metres relay at the 2014 IAAF World Relays, and a gold medal in the 4 x 100 metres relay at the 2014 European Championships. In the same year, representing England, she won a bronze medal in the 4 x 100 metres relay and finished fourth in the 100 metres final at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

In 2016, she competed at the Olympic Games in Rio. Philip reached the semi-finals of the 100 metres, but did not qualify for the finals. Philip then went on to win a bronze medal in the 4 x 100 metres relay, along with teammates Desiree Henry, Dina Asher-Smith and Daryll Neita. The quartet set a new British record with a time of 41.77 seconds.

Personal life

Born in Leyton, East London to an Antiguan father and a Jamaican mother, Philip attended Connaught School for Girls in Leytonstone. She graduated from Kingston University in 2012, with a BA (Hons) degree in drama.

See also

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