Asher-Smith shines in Doha

Asher-Smith shines in Doha

03 May 2019 / 21:19
Dina Asher-Smith produced a brilliant 200m as she proved the class of the field in the Diamond League opener in Doha.

The 23-year-old, who claimed triple European gold in 2018, laid down a marker with her first outdoor race of 2019 as she crushed the field in Qatar.

Asher-Smith flew out of the blocks and never looked back crossing the line in a time of 22.26, the fastest in the world this year.

That was more than six tenths faster than the rest of the field, with Netherlands’ Jamile Samuel second and Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare third, while fellow Brit Shannon Hylton was disqualified for a false start.

Elsewhere Lorraine Ugen managed a season’s best as she came fourth in the long jump, leaping 6.62m.

Rio Olympic triple jump champion Caterine Ibarguen of Colombia took the gold.

There were three British athletes who managed sixth place in their respective events, Charlie Myers in the pole vault, Meghan Beesley in the 400m hurdles and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake in the 200m.

Finally Lynsey Sharp was ninth in the 800m in a race won by South Africa’s Caster Semenya.

Sportsbeat 2019