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Athletics Weekly - - Iaaf World Champs 2017 -

A ME­TRE cov­ered the top three fin­ish­ers and it could have been five had 100m win­ner Bowie and Rio Olympic cham­pion Thomp­son also com­peted.

Dafne Schip­pers be­came the third multi cham­pion after Mer­lene Ottey and Allyson

Felix in the past.

Schip­pers was four me­tres slower than in 2015 though times were gen­er­ally down. It took just 22.85 to make the fi­nal when a 22.56 was not good enough to progress in 2015.

Dina Asher-Smith was a rev­e­la­tion. After her bro­ken foot in February, she en­tered with a 22.89 sea­son’s best, then ran 22.73 in both her heat and semi and con­tin­ued with 22.22 in her fi­nal. She missed a medal by just 0.07 as Shau­nae Miller-Uibo fin­ished strongly. Asher-Smith’s time was faster than she ran in the Olympics in bet­ter con­di­tions and only bet­tered by two runs in Bei­jing.

While she went 0.67 faster than the form book, sub-23 team-mates Bianca Wil­liams and Shan­non Hylton went the other way and man­aged re­spec­tive times of 23.30 and 23.39.

Dina Ash­erSmith: huge sea­son’s best in fi­nal

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