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first_imgA friend says someone on the opposite platform said Tashan was looking at him ‘weirdly’ (Picture: BTP) Comment Tributes have flooded in for ‘perfect athlete’ Tashan Daniel, who died on a tube carriage (Picture: PA)The father of an aspiring athlete knifed to death at a London Underground station says he is ‘so proud’ of his son as hundreds attended a vigil.Tashan Daniel, 20, was killed at Hillingdon station at around 4pm as he made his way to an Arsenal match on Tuesday.The sprinter who hoped to represent Great Britain celebrated his birthday over the weekend and was given tickets to the match as a present.A friend who was with him during the attack said he heard someone on the opposite platform complaining about Tashan ‘staring at him weirdly’.ADVERTISEMENTTearful crowds lay floral tributes and sang Amazing Grace outside the station this evening. Chandima Daniel said he was hearing so many ‘amazing things’ about his son from people (Picture: PA) Advertisement Got a story for Metro.co.uk? Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at [email protected] For more stories like this, check our news page. Hundreds of mourners gathered outside Hillingdon station to pay their respects (Picture: PA) He had just celebrated his 20th birthday and was on the way to a football match when he was killed (Picture: PA)Paramedics and members of the public tried to save his life but he died aboard a tube carriage.A knife was found nearby after the suspects ran out of the station towards Auriol Drive, stealing clothes from a washing line to hide their blood soaked clothing.Many attendees at the vigil wore hoodies from Hillingdon Athletics Club, where Tashan trained as a 200m sprinter.His coach Josh Swaray called him a ‘perfect human being’, praising his ‘hilarious’ sense of humour and his dedication to training.Tashan quit his job as a studio photographer to train an athlete full-time and competed in March this year.Mr Swaray said: ‘Every time Tashan competed he was running faster times, every single time.‘As an athlete that is all we hope for but it doesn’t work like that.‘He was just that gifted, he was just that talented. He knew it, I knew it, everyone around us knew. He held up a picture of his son during a prayer (Picture: PA)Grieving father Chandima Daniel lifted a photo of his son in the air during a prayer and urged people in the crowds to hug each other.AdvertisementAdvertisementHe said: ‘It’s about bringing the community together and stopping this nonsense.‘This is an amazing turnout, it really is, I don’t know what to say really. It’s just unbelievable.‘I’m still in a state of shock about what happened, it’s been a rollercoaster of emotions at the moment.’He says people have been saying ‘amazing things’ about his son which makes him ‘so proud to be his father’.Police say he was with a friend when two other men provoked a fight in front of horrified passengers.Witnesses say they saw blood and a person performing CPR on Tashan as the station was evacuated. Mourners lay floral tributes and sang Amazing Grace in honour of the young athlete (Picture: PA) James HockadayThursday 26 Sep 2019 10:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link995Shares Friends say he wanted nothing to do with ‘all this street nonsense’ (Picture: Twitter/@tashandaniiel)‘I’d have people come up to me at competitions asking how I got him to do that, because he was just that good.’He said the athlete who idolises Usain Bolt suffered a hamstring injury in March but had just began preparing for the winter season.Tashan was hoping to travel to Florida for training in December.Mr Swaray added: ‘On Monday, he was perfect. His running style had improved so much.‘It’s funny because perfection was what I was looking for from him, the other guys I coach I don’t necessarily look for perfection.‘He is the only person that I can say was a perfect human being.‘People say to me it’s such a shame it happened to him, he was a good kid but no, he wasn’t a good kid, he was a perfect kid, there was nothing wrong with him.AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: SchoolMum finds girl, 6, rubbing talcum powder on her face to make herself whiteParents vow to homeschool son after headteacher bans face masks in classTrans boy, 17, waiting two and a half years to get an appointment at gender clinicGCSEs and A-Levels will be delayed due to coronavirus‘No one is perfect, but he really was. He did everything right.’Mr Swaray works for Met-Track, an organisation supported by the Metropolitan Police which goes into schools to try and stop young people taking the wrong path in life.Chaka Maillet, who trained alongside Tashan said: ‘We were training with him on Monday and I saw him before he left, we always said bye.‘And the next day he’s gone, so it’s affected us a lot.‘We’re talking about Tashan – someone who was not affiliated in any way with all this street nonsense, any violence in London, he’s not that kind of person.’ Advertisement Tearful mourners attend vigil for athlete, 20, stabbed to death in Tube station Tashan was a promising athlete who hoped to sprint for Great Britain (Picture: PA) Chandima Daniel said he was ‘so proud’ to be Tashan’s father (Picture: PA) Sign Up for News UpdatesGet your need-to-know latest news, feel-good stories, analysis and moreSign upNot convinced? Find out more »last_img read more

first_imgMore world records were broken in stunning fashion at the World Aquatics Championships on Friday.The efforts were highlighted by Anton Chupkov taking gold in the men’s 200-meter breaststroke. But it was Caeleb Dressel and Regan Smith who outdid American greats. All three swimmers set new marks in their respective events. Many congrats to @caelebdressel !! So sick to watch your start, turns,under water, and of course your stroke! Swimming super fast this week! Finish strong! #usa #welldeservedA post shared by Michael Phelps (@m_phelps00) on Jul 26, 2019 at 5:10am PDTSmith touched in 2:03.35 to take the backstroke record and shatter Missy Franklin’s best from the 2012 Olympics by almost 0.7 seconds.Franklin also only had praise for 17-year-old, sending her a message on Twitter.”Well dear friend, we had a great run,” she wrote. “Seven years and I couldn’t be more honored to have my 200 back World Record broken by @reganesmith4 , one of the sweetest and hardest working athletes I’ve ever known. Keeping this World Record with an American flag by it means everything.”Well dear friend, we had a great run. Seven years and I couldn’t be more honored to have my 200 back World Record broken by @reganesmith4 , one of the sweetest and hardest working athletes I’ve ever known. Keeping this World Record with an American flag by it means everything… pic.twitter.com/NgIcysjGWs— Missy Franklin (@missyfranklin) July 26, 2019″I was truly blown away watching Regan swim a 2:03.3 (yes, I typed that right) and absolutely smash it. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again,” Franklin added. “People will forget your times, they’ll forget the color of your medals, but they will never, ever forget how you made them feel.”I truly couldn’t be happier seeing my World Record go to someone who I believe at the bottom of my heart is one of the greatest inspirations and kindest humans in the world. Congrats my dear @reganesmith4. Thank you. For sharing your gift with us. You’re beyond a joy to watch.” Dressel topped Michael Phelps long-standing 100-meter butterfly record.He set his first career world record after clocking 49.50 seconds during the semifinal in Gwangju, South Korea. It beat Phelps’ previous mark of 49.82 set in August 2009.Phelps congratulated the young swimmer after his race.The veteran swimmer wrote on Instagram: “Many congrats to @caelebdressel !! So sick to watch your start, turns,under water, and of course your stroke! Swimming super fast this week! Finish strong!” View this post on Instagram More American success came through Simone Manuel, who followed up victories at the 2016 Olympics and 2017 championships with another gold in the 100m freestyle.Yuliya Efimova, in the women’s 200m breaststroke, and Evgeny Rylov, in the men’s 200m backstroke, similarly defended their titles.last_img read more