Thompson-Herah beats Asher-Smith at Diamond League


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Olympic 100m champion Elaine Thompson-Herah proved she continues to be the one to beat with an emphatic Diamond League win over a clutch of rivals, together with Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith, in Eugene.

The Jamaican stormed by means of the ultimate 50m to win in 10.79.

Asher-Smith received off to the sharpest begin however was overhauled, coming fourth in a season-best time of 10.98 seconds.

Elsewhere, Keely Hodgkinson gained the 800m whereas fellow Briton Matt Hudson-Smith set a brand new nationwide 400m report.

Hodgkinson continued her spectacular begin to the season as she surged to 800m victory in a world-leading time of 1 minute 57.72 seconds.

American Athing Mu, who beat Hodgkinson to Olympic gold final summer time, withdrew from the occasion earlier within the week, denying the group a comparability between the occasion’s two standout stars.

Hodgkinson’s compatriot Jemma Reekie completed down in eighth.

US-based Hudson-Smith made essentially the most of a reprieve after an obvious false begin to break Iwan Thomas’ 25-year-old 400m British report.

Hudson-Smith’s time of 44.35 seconds in third is an enchancment of 1 hundredth of a second on Thomas’ 1997 mark.

Thompson-Herah lays down marker

Asher-Smith’s time was an enchancment on her 11.11-second win in Birmingham final weekend

Nonetheless, she and the remaining have been all left behind by the winner’s ominous assertion of intent for the season.

Thompson-Herah, who defended a 100m-200m Olympic dash double in Tokyo final summer time, has been hampered by Achilles tendon and shoulder accidents this season, however moved up by means of the gears beautifully to carve by means of the sector within the second half of the race.

American Sha’Carri Richardson, who missed Tokyo after testing positive for cannabis, was second in 10.92 seconds, simply forward of Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson.

Her victory got here on the monitor the place she ran 10.54 – the second-fastest time in historical past – final yr and the venue for the World Championships in July.

“It received me prepared for my championship in Jamaica subsequent month,” stated Thompson-Herah. “I am pleased to see the place I am at. The result’s good.”

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who was the 100m silver medallist behind Thompson-Herah in Tokyo, gained the 200m in 22.41.

Fraser-Pryce is already sure of a 100m spot on the World Championships – she qualifies robotically because the defending world champion from Doha in 2019.

She has indicated that she is going to wait till after the aggressive Jamaican trials subsequent month to determine whether or not to attempt to double up on the championships by operating within the 200m too.

Laura Muir discovered Olympic champion Religion Kipyegon too sturdy within the 1500m. The Kenyan motored away to victory in a powerful three minutes 52.59 seconds with Muir fading to eleventh.

Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen sauntered to victory within the mile in three minutes 49.76 seconds, whereas Trayvon Bromell beat dwelling American compatriots Fred Kerley, Christian Coleman and Noah Lyles to win the 100m in 9.93 seconds.

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