Saturday 14 December, 2019

Asher-Smith beats Elaine Thompson in Stockholm

Dina Asher-Smith beats Dafne Schippers and Elaine Thompson in the women's 200m in Stockholm on Thursday, May 30, 2019. (PHOTO: IAAF).

Dina Asher-Smith beats Dafne Schippers and Elaine Thompson in the women's 200m in Stockholm on Thursday, May 30, 2019. (PHOTO: IAAF).

Double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson had to settle for second place in the women's 200m at the Bauhaus-Galan, the third meeting of the IAAF Diamond League, on Thursday in Stockholm.

On an evening of cold temperatures and high winds, Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith defied the conditions to secure victory in a world-leading 22.18 (+1.3m/s)

The 23-year-old got off to a flying start and ate up the stagger on her chief rivals in the lanes outside her on the turn, then powered further clear down the home straight to come home a wide-margin winner over Thompson (22.66) and world champion Dafne Schippers (22.78).

“My aim was to come, win and run my own race which is very important in a race of that calibre,” said Asher-Smith. “I didn't expect to run that kind of time as it is quite cold.”

Jamaica’s Fedrick Dacres finished second in the men's discus with 68.96m.

Sweden’s Daniel Stahl stamped his authority, sending the home crowd happy with victory with 69.57m

it appeared at one point as if Stahl had done something even more astonishing, the Swede sending the disc hurtling into the night sky in the fifth round and watching as it hit the turf at least three metres beyond the 70-metre line.

But the wild cheers soon turned to groans when the red flag was raised, a furious Stahl exiting the circle and left to wonder what might have been. His second-round effort of 69.57m proved enough to take victory.

Jamaica's Tajay Gayle finished fifth in the men's long jump with an effort of 8.05m. There was a huge upset, Sweden’s Thobias Montler the sole athlete in the field able to thrive in the difficult conditions. He soared to a personal best of 8.22m in the second round, a mark which no one could match.

Juan Miguel Echevarria came closest, the Cuban unable to match his heroics here last year and having to make do with second via his sixth-round effort of 8.12m. USA’s Jeff Henderson was third with 8.09m while world champion Luvo Manyonga was fourth with 8.07m.

Jamaica's Natoya Goule finished ninth in the women's 800m in 2:03.89. Ajee Wilson was an impressive winner of the event, the US athlete taking command at the front after the pacer stepped aside after 500m. Wilson hit 600m in 1:30.09 and kept the pedal to the floor around the final bend, holding off the strong challenge of Ethiopia’s Habitu Alemu to take victory in 2:00.87 to Alemu’s 2:01.26. Kenya’s Nelly Jepkosgei took third with 2:01.98.


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