British athletics star Jessica Judd blew her opponents away as she stormed to victory in her 800m race at the Diamond League in Birmingham yesterday.

The 18-year-old's winning time was inside the two-minute barrier and inside the qualifying time for the World Championships in Moscow in August.

She ran a tactically perfect race and was just one-tenth of a second away from breaking the all-time British under-20 record for 800m.

"I’m so happy," Judd told reporters. "I have been saying I need to do it, I need to do it (go inside two minutes) and then it suddenly occurred to me that I actually have to go and do it."

The Chelmsford AC athlete is still, despite her impressive win, not guaranteed selection for the World Championships just yet and will have to prove herself once again at the trials in two weeks.

Although, if Paula Radcliffe's confidence is anything to go by, it's pretty certain that she will be there. 

Radcliffe tweeted: "Outstanding run from Jess Judd. Getting better with each race. A-standard qualifier out of the way, roll on the rest!"

Judd burst onto the scene just eight days prior to the Diamond League meeting after winning the 800m at the European Team Championships. 

The youngster has not looked back since and will have the whole of Britain behind her when qualifying for Moscow begins in a fortnight's time.


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