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Dina Asher-Smith received the 200m race at Thursday’s Diamond League assembly in Florence, Italy.
The 25-year-old British runner’s time of twenty-two.06 broke the 22-year Golden Gala report set by Marian Jones, and got here simply 0.03 seconds in need of the quickest time this yr, run by Shaunae Miller-Uibo. In a assured efficiency, she beat second place Marie-Josee Ta Lou by 0.56 seconds.
In an Instagram put up, Asher-Smith stated: “My quickest ever time exterior a significant Championships and the third quickest time of my profession… all on the right track woo hoo”.
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Her efficiency follows 100m wins in Gateshead and Hengelo and a earlier victory within the 200m victory at Savona final month.
Asher-Smith stated: ‘It has been actually arduous over the previous yr and a bit due to the pandemic, so I am actually proud to have the ability to put that type of time [down] and I undoubtedly have extra in me.’
Miller-Uibo continues to be the favorite for Olympic gold within the 200m, whereas Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson-Herah are additionally contenders. However Asher-Smith stays undefeated in 2021 and can fancy her probabilities in Tokyo.
Fellow British runner Laura Muir additionally carried out effectively, working a season’s greatest of three:55.59 within the 1500m. Nevertheless, that was solely sufficient to position third in a aggressive race received by Sifan Hassan with 3:53.63.
Muir stated: ‘I am actually proud of this end result – I believe it is my second quickest time ever and never very in need of my British report. To have the ability to run this quick within the time main as much as the Olympics, it feels actually nice.’
In the meantime 5,000m world report holder Joshua Cheptegei got here a shock sixth in that race, which was received by 20-year-old Nowegian Jakob Ingebrigtsen. His 12:48.45 run set a European report.
Different Brits did effectively on the assembly, too. Sprinter Chijindu Ujah was crushed into second within the 100m by South African Akani Simbine, whereas Andrew Pozzi got here runner-up to Omar Mcleod from Jamaica within the 110m hurdles, with a season’s better of 13.25.
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