Dina Asher-Smith is forced to settle for second best as Jamaican sprint queen Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce wins 100m at the Anniversary Games
- Dina Asher-Smith came second in women’s 100metres at Anniversary Games
- Losing to 32-year-old sprint queen Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is a reality check
- Britain enjoyed some success in London with Lynsey Sharp winning the 800m
For Dina Asher-Smith, finishing second on Sunday to Jamaican sprint queen and 32-year-old mum Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce served as a reality check ahead of her assault on Doha.
The triple European champion and Britain’s fastest woman ran 10.92sec behind Fraser-Pryce’s 10.78, as the women’s 100metres brought the Anniversary Games to a close at the London Stadium.
It outlined the obstacles that await Asher-Smith if the 23-year-old Londoner is to match her European successes at World Championship level in Doha in September.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (L) secured victory over Dina Asher-Smith at the Anniversary Games
Her two sub-11sec runs at Sunday’s Diamond League meeting will stand her in good stead.
Having won her earlier heat with a season’s best time 10.91, Asher-Smith noted how Fraser-Pryce, the winner of nine world and Olympic golds, sets the standard to aspire to.
‘It’s always a privilege to line up against so many fantastic women but particularly against somebody who is double Olympic champion, world champion, been there, done that, got everything and knows how to do it,’ Asher-Smith said.
‘For me, I always try to be as close as I can — not that close today — but it’s a learning experience.’
Asher-Smith (right) was happy on Sunday, she said: ‘To get two low 10.9s, I really can’t moan’
Expectations are high with Asher-Smith, who won the 100m and 200m at the European Championships in Berlin last year before leading Britain to victory in the 4x100m relay.
She was happy enough with Sunday’s performances. ‘It’s great for me. I’m a competitor, I always want to do as well as I can, I always want to run quicker. It’s about making sure I can improve in each race before the World Championships. To get two low 10.9s, I really can’t moan.’
There were British successes, with Lynsey Sharp winning the women’s 800m in 1min 58.61sec.
CJ Ujah, Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty and Nathaniel Mitchell-Blake clocked the second-fastest 4x100m time recorded by a British relay team.
Lynsey Sharp won the women’s 800m at London’s Olympic Stadium on Sunday
They ran it in in 37.60. The only quartet to have gone quicker was the gold medal-winning team at the 2017 World Championships in London, when Ujah, Adam Gemili, Danny Talbot and Mitchell-Blake ran 37.47.
Each man was running for his place in the team in Doha and Kilty said: ‘We had fun and were relaxed and were able to let loose on every leg. That’s an amazing performance.’
Lawrence Okoye, the British record-holder, made his comeback in the discus, six years after quitting the sport for a career in American football.
The last time Okoye competed in this stadium, it was in the 2012 Olympic final. Seven years since setting his 68.24m British record, the 27-year-old Londoner’s best on Sunday was 60.80m — not enough to trouble Sweden’s Daniel Stahl, who won with 68.56m.
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