Asher-Smith impresses as Sharp and men's 4x100m squad win at Anniversary Games

Asher-Smith impresses as Sharp and men's 4x100m squad win at Anniversary Games

21 July 2019 / 16:36
Dina Asher-Smith continued her impressive form in 2019 as she came second in the women's 100m at the Anniversary Games at London Stadium.

Britain’s European champion over 100m and 200m clocked 10.92 seconds, a fraction off her season’s best having equalled it with 10.91 in the heats, to finish behind Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce who won in 10.78.

The result adds another sub-11 second time to Asher-Smith’s season as the Brit continues to gear up for the World Championships in Doha in September.

“I love running at the Anniversary Games. I made my senior debut back in 2013 and since then I’ve made so many great memories here,” said Asher-Smith.

“I did my first sub-11 second 100m here and obviously today I ran two sub-11s against the world and Olympic champion which was amazing.

“I am in really good shape – I wanted to go 10.8, so seeing that time in the final was a bit frustrating. But I really can’t be disappointed with two 10.9s and I'll definitely look to push to faster times as the season progresses.

“I think there’s a few things I need to work on ahead of Doha but really it’s just about peaking. We have trials in August, so I’m looking forward to getting out of hard training and reaching my peak for then.”

It was one step better for GB’s men’s 4x100m relay squad who set a new world-leading time and meeting record, a time which was also the second fastest in British history.

The quartet of CJ Ujah, Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake won in 37.60 ahead of Japan and the Netherlands.

Kilty said: “It’s an amazing win, so relaxed and with confidence comes trust in one another, that no matter what order we will have great chemistry.

“We were constantly pressing and making sure we ran down our opponents and we executed this element of our race well. Everyone did a great job.”

Elsewhere, Lynsey Sharp impressed as she won the women’s 800m in a season’s best time of one minute 58.61 seconds while compatriot Alexandra Bell joined her on the podium in third.

“It's nice to get a win because I've had a lot of losses over the last couple of years,” Sharp said.

“I ran fast in Monaco so it's nice to back that up. I had to listen to my head not my heart and make some changes and I did that and am seeing the benefit now.”

In the day’s other action, Briton Miguel Francis was a brilliant second in the men’s 200m in 19.97 while Commonwealth bronze medallist Jake Wightman set a new personal best of 3:52.02 in the men’s mile to come third.

Lorraine Ugen was fifth in the women’s long jump while European heptathlon silver medallist Katarina Johnson-Thompson finished two places behind in seventh and team-mate Tom Gale came fifth in the men’s high jump.

Meanwhile, world indoor 60m hurdles champion Andrew Pozzi was sixth in the men’s 110m hurdles.

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