Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith stormed to a superb 100m victory over American star Sha’Carri Richardson at a wet and windy Diamond League meeting in Gateshead.
Asher-Smith powered home in 11.35 seconds, 0.11 seconds clear of in-form Richardson, the fastest woman this year. Marie-Josee Ta Lou and Jamaican world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce were also left trailing by Asher-Smith.
Scotland’s Laura Muir stormed through the rain to an emphatic 1500m win. Asher-Smith hardly raced in 2020, restricting herself to three low-key outings on her home track in Bromley.
Instead the 25-year-old concentrated on building her strength and technique, with recent training sessions featuring 300 reps of abdominal strengthening exercises.
hat extra power was clear as she held off Richardson, who has dipped under 10.80 three times already this season, in the final 20m. Asher-Smith, who won 100m silver as well as the 200m title at the 2019 World Championships in Doha, played down any psychological impact the result could have on her Olympic rivals.
Both she and 21-year-old Richardson intend to run the 100m-200m double in Tokyo.