IAAF Diamond League: Fraser-Pryce wins 100m in London; Obiri posts season-best timing

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce completed the women's 100m race in 10.78 seconds to bag the gold, while Hellen Obiri posted a time of 14 minutes 20.36 seconds in women's 5000m -- the best of the year so far.

Jamaica's two-time Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, with a timing of 10.78s, never looked like being caught by Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith, who finished the race in 10.92s.   -  Getty Images

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce cruised to victory against home star Dina Asher-Smith in the women’s 100 metres at the London Anniversary Games on Sunday, crossing the line in a time of 10.78 seconds.

The 32-year-old Jamaican, twice Olympic champion over the distance, got away quickly and never looked like being caught by Britain’s Asher-Smith (10.92sec).

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Ivory Coast sprinter Marie-Josee Ta Lou was third in 10.98sec.

World 200m champion Dafne Schippers was disqualified after a false start.

“It is a privilege to line up with this field and these girls,” said Fraser-Pryce.

“I am glad to come out with the win and to come out healthy and I am looking forward to running in Panama next. It is testimony to the fact that hard work pays off.”

Asher-Smith said: “Obviously it’s a privilege to line up against fantastic women, but against the double Olympic champion, world champion... I tried to be as close as I can, but I wasn’t that close today.”

No Americans were in the field at the London Stadium because their world championship qualifiers are coming up this week.

Obiri shines in 5000 metres; Sharp wins 800m

Kenya’s Hellen Obiri, world champion in the women’s 5000m, posted a time of 14 minutes 20.36 seconds -- the best of the year so far.

Hellen Obiri is the women's 5000m world champion.   -  Getty Images

Dutch runner Sifan Hassan, who broke the 23-year-old women’s mile record in Monaco last week, had to settle for bronze.

“I am so happy because this is my favourite track and I have done my best and I ran the way I wanted to,” said Obiri.

“In the last lap I was thinking, work hard and I said to myself when I went past Hassan: ‘let me go and see if you can catch me’ I have been training well and this will help when I defend my title in Doha.”

Britain’s Lynsey Sharp was a popular winner in the women’s 800m, outlasting Australia’s Catriona Bisset to win in a time of 1:58.61.

In other women’s track events, Jamaica’s Rushell Clayton won the 400m hurdles in 54.16 sec.

Germany’s Malaika Mihambo won the women’s long jump with a leap of 7.02 metres.

Zhenye sets new Asian 200m record

China’s Xie Zhenye set a new Asian record in winning the men’s 200m in 19.88sec while Jamaica’s Akeem Bloomfield won the 400m in 44.40sec.

Xie Zhenye won the men's 200m in 19.88s, thereby creating a new Asian record in the event.   -  Getty Images


“It was amazing because it was my PB (personal best) and a new Asian record, so I’m very happy. I love you guys, I love this track,” he said.

“I just told myself to go fast. This gives me a lot of confidence for the world championships.”

China’s Xie Wenjun won the 110m hurdles in a time of 13.28sec.

Tefera runs fastest mile of the year; Britain wins 4x100m relay

World indoor 1500m record holder Samuel Tefera of Ethiopia ran the fastest mile of the year so far in a time of 3:49.45, beating Norway’s Filip Ingebrigtsen by just 0.15sec.

Samuel Tefera of Ethiopia beat Norway’s Filip Ingebrigtsen by just 0.15sec.   -  Getty Images


The mile is not an Olympic or world championship distance.

Ingebrigtsen, 26, who set a new Norwegian record, is the older brother of 18-year-old Jakob Ingebrigtsen, who finished second in Saturday’s 5000m.

Syria’s Majd Eddin Ghazal won the men’s high jump with a leap of 2.30m, beating world champion Mutaz Essa Barshim into second place, and Sweden’s Daniel Stahl won the men’s discus with a throw of 68.56m.

Britain’s men’s sprinters won the 4x100m relay, clocking 37.60sec, the fastest time of the year.

There are Diamond League events to come in Birmingham, Paris, Zurich and Brussels in the lead-up to the world championships in Doha, which start on September 27.

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