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Asher-Smith wins 200 in Florence


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Asher-Smith wins 200 in Florence
Dina Asher-Smith (FILE)

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Dina Asher-Smith won the 200 metres in a season’s-best time of 22.06 seconds at the Diamond League meeting in Florence yesterday.

Asher-Smith, the 200m world champion, powered to a commanding victory – her time 0.03 secs outside the fastest this year run by Shaunae Miller-Uibo of The Bahamas.

The Briton, 25, has already won twice in the 100m this season as she builds towards the Olympic Games in Tokyo, which begin in July.

Marie-Josee Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast was second in a season’s best 22.58.

Laura Muir came third in a stunning 1500m race won by Sifan Hassan.

Britain’s European champion Muir, Kenya’s Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon and world champion Hassan of the Netherlands were all in contention in the final lap.

Hassan, who smashed the 10 000m world record last week only for it to be beaten two days later, held off Kipyegon in a sprint finish, running a world-leading time of 3:53.63, the eighth-fastest time in history.

Muir lost ground with 200m to go but still ran 3:55.59, the second-best time of her career and a season’s best.

Elsewhere, Norwegian 20-year-old Jakob Ingebrigtsen stormed to a brilliant win in the men’s 5 000m, setting a new European record of 12:48.45.

Jamaican Olympic champion Omar McLeod who ran a world-leading 13.01 seconds in the men’s 110metres hurdles and Puerto Rico’s Jasmine Camacho-Quinn clocked 12.38 in the women’s event. Both times were meeting records. (BBC)