17th June 2016

Asher-Smith Shines In Stockholm

17 June 2016 

13 Britons were in action at last night’s Stockholm Bauhaus Athletics meeting.

Dina Asher-Smith (John Blackie) once again showcased her Olympic potential with an eye-catching victory in the women’s 200m on a less than favourable night for sprinters. In her first 200m of the year, the British record holder coped impressively in a rain-sodden Stockholm Olympic Stadium, fending off a competitive field to claim victory in 22.72 (-0.8 m/s). Following close behind were compatriots Desiree Henry (Rana Reider) and Margret Adeoye (Linford Christie). Henry finished strongly for a third place finish with a 22.88 clocking, revising a personal best in the process, whilst Adeoye opened her outdoor season with a 23.57 timing for sixth.

The women’s 400m saw British champion Anyika Onuora (Rana Reider) finish superbly in the outside lane for second in 52.46. On the back of two consecutive personal bests Seren Bundy-Davies (Stephen Ball) produced another strong run to finish fourth in 52.71. Competing in her first ever IAAF Diamond League event was European Junior 400m champion Laviai Nielson (Frank Adams) crossed the line a place behind Bundy-Davies in 53.23.

Out in the field long jump world silver-medallist Shara Proctor (Rana Reider) jumped to a third round best of 6.46m to finish fourth, with victory secured by a best leap of 6.90m by Diamond Race leader Ivan Spanovic of Serbia.

Richard Kilty (Benke Blomkvist) and Andrew Robertson (Daniel Cossins) looked set to go head-to-head in the men’s 100m, a match-up which never materialised due to Robertson’s disqualification for a false start. Kilty’s time of 10.31 (-0.8 m/s) was good enough to secure fifth following a blistering opening 50m, but the race was won by Turkey’s Jak Ali Harvey in 10.18.

In the discus, British champion Jade Lally (Andrew Neal) threw a first round best of 55.03m to finish sixth, with victory and maximum Diamond Race points claimed by reigning Olympic champion Sandra Perkovic of Croatia.

The penultimate event of the evening saw British champion Laura Muir (Andy Young) and Laura Weightman (Steve Cram) tackle 1500m against a stacked international field, with the former seeing off the attention of her namesake to secure fifth with a 4:05:94 clocking, with Weightman close behind in 4:05:94 for seventh.

Alexandra Bell (Aaron Thomas) continued her strong start to the year in the non-Diamond League 800m, the Leeds-based athlete stopping the clock at 2:01:77 for a third place finish.

Full results can be found here: http://stockholm.diamondleague.com/en/home/