Dina Asher-Smith won the 200m race at Thursday’s Diamond League meeting in Florence, Italy.
The 25-year-old British runner’s time of 22.06 broke the 22-year Golden Gala record set by Marian Jones, and came just 0.03 seconds short of the fastest time this year, run by Shaunae Miller-Uibo. In a confident performance, she beat second place Marie-Josee Ta Lou by 0.56 seconds.
In an Instagram post, Asher-Smith said: “My fastest ever time outside a major Championships and the 3rd fastest time of my career… all heading in the right direction woo hoo”.
Her performance follows 100m wins in Gateshead and Hengelo and a previous victory in the 200m victory at Savona last month.
Asher-Smith said: 'It's been really hard over the past year and a bit because of the pandemic, so I'm really proud to be able to put that kind of time [down] and I definitely have more in me.'
Miller-Uibo is still the favourite for Olympic gold in the 200m, while Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson-Herah are also contenders. But Asher-Smith remains undefeated in 2021 and will fancy her chances in Tokyo.
Fellow British runner Laura Muir also performed well, running a season’s best of 3:55.59 in the 1500m. However, that was only enough to place third in a competitive race won by Sifan Hassan with 3:53.63.
Muir said: 'I'm really happy with this result – I think it's my second fastest time ever and not very short of my British record. To be able to run this fast in the time leading up to the Olympics, it feels really great.'
Meanwhile 5,000m world record holder Joshua Cheptegei came a surprise sixth in that race, which was won by 20-year-old Nowegian Jakob Ingebrigtsen. His 12:48.45 run set a European record.
Other Brits did well at the meeting, too. Sprinter Chijindu Ujah was beaten into second in the 100m by South African Akani Simbine, while Andrew Pozzi came runner-up to Omar Mcleod from Jamaica in the 110m hurdles, with a season’s best of 13.25.
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