GB’s Asher-Smith comes third in Doha opener


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British 200m world champion Dina Asher-Smith was effectively crushed in her Diamond League opener as American Gabby Thomas served up a reminder of the occasion’s energy in depth.

Olympic bronze medallist Thomas, the third quickest ladies in historical past, got here house in 21.98 seconds in Doha.

Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson was closest to Thomas, with a fading Asher-Smith third in 22.37.

Namibian rival Christine Mboma missed the race via harm.

Nonetheless the Olympic silver medallist is about to be match for the enterprise finish of the season and, with Jamaican duo Elaine Thompson-Herah and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce to additionally issue into the equation, it was a race to underline the problem Asher-Smith will face to defend her title in Oregon in July.

Asher-Smith, whose solely earlier appearances this season have been low-key Lee Valley outings at 300m and 400m, might take consolation in her time, nonetheless.

It was her quickest 200m season-opener since she clocked 22.26 in 2019, the yr of her world title win.

Asher-Smith’s fellow world 200m champion Noah Lyles claimed a giant victory on his return to Doha, beating fellow American Fred Kerley and Olympic champion Andre de Grasse in a wind-assisted 19.72 seconds.

However the Londoner was removed from the one champion to style defeat on a blustery night time on the Qatar Sports activities Membership.

Within the opening occasion on the monitor, the Dominican Republic’s Olympic silver medallist Marileidy Paulino claimed a big upset win as she proved too robust for an out-of-sorts Tokyo 2020 champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo,successful in 51.20 seconds.

Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba, one in all a clutch of athletes banned from center distance occasions due to their excessive however naturally-occurring testosterone ranges, continued her spectacular swap as much as longer distance as she claimed a 3,000m victory over two-time 1500m champion Religion Kipyegon of Kenya.

Residence favorite Abderrahman Alsaleck – beforehand generally known as Abderrahman Samba – pulled out of 400m hurdles with a hamstring harm, however there was nonetheless drama as 21-year-old Alison Dos Santos of Brazil beat Olympic silver medallist Rai Benjamin in a brand new assembly document.

Kenyan teenager Noah Kibet, a silver medallist on the world indoors earlier this yr, received the 800m as Nice Britain’s Daniel Rowden completed fourth and American world champion Donavan Brazier, who didn’t qualify for final yr’s Tokyo Video games, discovered himself effectively off the tempo in sixth.

In entrance of a loud Kenyan contingent within the crowd, Abel Kipsang battled exhausting to see off his compatriot and world champion Timothy Cheruiyot within the 1500m.

Italy’s Gianmarco Tamberi bowed out of the excessive soar at 2.24m earlier than Mutaz Essa Barshim, the Qatari with whom he shared Olympic gold final summer time, was edged out by South Korea’s Woo Sang-hyeok for the win.

Nice Britain’s Naomi Metzger completed down in eighth with a wind-assisted better of 14.24m – 2cm higher than her authorized private greatest – in a triple soar contest received by Jamaica’s Shanieka Ricketts, whereas Beth Dobbin was sixth in Asher-Smith’s wake within the 200m.

Sweden’s world document holder Mondo Duplantis was denied an opportunity to rack up a tenth straight win as excessive wind triggered the pole vault to be postponed till Saturday and shifted indoors.

Grenada’s world champion Anderson Peters moved as much as fifth in javelin’s all-time listing with an enormous throw of 93.07m – greater than 5 and a half metres higher than his earlier private greatest.

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