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Dina Asher-Smith continues winning streak with dominant Florence victory | Athletics

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First Dina Asher-Smith despatched an ominous warning to her Olympic rivals on the observe by sauntering to the third-quickest 200m time of her profession. Then she did it once more with six well-chosen phrases and a smile: “I positively have extra in me.”

The 25-year-old’s time of twenty-two.06sec in Florence broke a gathering document that had been held for 22 years by Marion Jones. And, for good measure, it was additionally the second quickest time on this planet this 12 months – simply 0.03 behind Shaunae Miller-Uibo.

“It was actually necessary to do a superb race,” mentioned Asher-Smith after thrashing Marie-Josée Ta Lou into second by 0.56 to assert her second Diamond League win of the season. “It’s been actually onerous due to the pandemic, so I’m actually proud to have the ability to put in that form of time.”

The rangy Miller-Uibo stays favorite for 200m gold in Tokyo, whereas the Jamaicans Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson-Herah are additionally within the combine. However Asher-Smith stays undefeated in 2021 and harmful.

Earlier in Florence, Laura Muir almost broke her 1500m British document however her time was solely adequate for third in a thriller gained by the Dutch athlete Sifan Hassan.

Simply 4 days earlier in Hengelo Hassan had damaged the ten,000m world document only to lose it 48 hours later, and she or he had warned that she would want to do extra speedwork to compete over 1500m. However extremely she was nonetheless capable of maintain off the Olympic champion, Religion Kipyegon, as she gained in a world-leading time of 3min 53.63sec.

Muir misplaced floor with 200m to go however nonetheless ran 3:55.59, the second-best time of her profession and a season’s finest. “I’m actually joyful with this end result – I believe it’s my second-fast[est] time ever and simply in need of my British document,” she mentioned. “To have the ability to run this quick within the time main as much as the Olympics, it feels actually nice.”

Laura Muir tries to catch Religion Kipyegon and Sifan Hassan within the 1500m. {Photograph}: Chris Cooper/Motion Plus/Rex/Shutterstock

The excellent news for Muir is that Hassan is contemplating skipping the 1500m and doubling up over 5,000m and 10,000m in Tokyo as an alternative, which might be a serious increase to the Briton’s possibilities of a medal.

However maybe the efficiency of the evening got here from the Norwegian 20-year-old Jakob Ingebrigtsen. He stormed to an excellent win within the males’s 5,000m, setting a European document of 12min 48.45sec – the quickest time ever by somebody born exterior Africa. The world document holder, Joshua Cheptegei, may solely end a shock sixth.

Britain’s Andrew Pozzi ran a season’s better of 13.25sec within the 110m hurdles however was crushed by the Olympic champion, Omar McLeod of Jamaica. Within the males’s 100m, South Africa’s Akani Simbine edged out Britain’s CJ Ujah to win in 10.08sec.

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