Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith was given a reminder of the level she will have to reach if she is to contend for the 100m gold medal at this year’s World Championships in Doha, after she was beaten by Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce at London’s Anniversary Games.
Asher-Smith still produced one of the finest runs of her career to finish second in 10:92, fractionally slower than the 10:91 equal season’s best she had managed in the heat, but it was not enough to live with Fraser-Pryce, who stormed away to win in 10:78, just outside her own meeting record.
Instead, it was Lynsey Sharp who took the sole home individual triumph on day two of the games at the London Stadium, following in the footsteps of fellow Scottish middle-distance star Laura Muir, who won the 1500m on Saturday, with victory in the 800m.
Earlier in the day, the men’s 4x100m quartet, made up of CJ Ujah, Richard Kilty, Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake and the in-form Zharnel Hughes, romped to victory in 37:60, the second-fastest time in British history, after their gold medal-winning run on the same track at the World Championships two years ago.
Dutch star Sifan Hassan had been tipped for an assault on the women’s 5000m world record, having run the fastest mile in history in Monaco last weekend, but looked to be feeling the effects of that effort as she finished third behind Kenya’s Hellen Obiri.
Ethiopia’s Samuel Tefera took the iconic Emsley Carr Mile in a world-leading time of 3:49:45, with Filip Ingebritsen setting a new Norwegians record in second, and Britain’s Jake Wightman taking two second off his PB in third.
There were two meeting records in the field as Sweden’s Daniel Stahl won the men’s discus with a throw of 68.56m, before Germany’s Malaika Mihambo leapt 7.02m to take the women’s long jump win, while China’s Zhenye Xie set a new Asian record of 19:88 in the 200m.
Elsewhere, Jamaican Olympic champion Omar McLeod disappointed on his return to the stadium where he won world gold two years ago, finishing third in a scrappy race as another Chinese athlete, Wenjun Xie, triumphed in the 110m hurdles.