British Sprinter Dina Asher-Smith emerged victorious in the Women’s 100m final race against America’s Sha’Carri Richardson, in the opening Diamond League meeting in Gateshead.
The 200m world champion got a fabulous start and held her form into a fierce headwind of 3.1 metres to win in 11.35 seconds. Fast-finishing Richardson, who ran a startling 10.72 last month, clocked 11.44 for second, with Marie-Josee Ta Lou (11.48) just pipping double Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce for third.
The meeting took place in cold, wet and windy weather in north-east England, although the few thousand fans allowed to attend stayed in their places until the end and were rewarded by Asher-Smith’s morale-boosting run.
“I feel really good,” she said. “Conditions were far from ideal for sprinting but the most important thing is to come away with a good result and a win and I was very happy to do that.”
Richardson, 21, in her first Diamond League outing, said: “I’m definitely proud that I was able to execute and now I know what I need to go back and work on and what I need to get better at.
“This won’t be the last time that I’m going to line up against these ladies and I want to let the world know and let the ladies know that I’m here to compete just as well as they’ve done for many years.”
SOURCE/ IMAGE: Reuters