Athletics-Asher-Smith Storms to 200M Diamond League Victory in Florence

Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith clocked her fastest time outside of a major championships as she powered to victory in the 200 meters at the third Diamond League meeting of the season in Florence on Thursday. The 25-year-old world champion laid down a strong marker ahead of the Tokyo Olympics with a time of 22.06 seconds that left her more than half a second ahead of the Ivory Coast’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou. Asher-Smith’s time marked her season’s best run, leaving the Briton in high spirits heading toward the Olympics next month. “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, and I definitely have more in me,” she said. In the men’s 100m, South African Akani Simbine edged Britain’s Chijindu Ujah to the line by two hundredths of a second with a time of …

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