Dina Asher-Smith breaks her own British 100m record while Chris O’Hare is among the winners in Oslo
DINA ASHERSMITH improved her own British 100m record with 10.92 for a close runner-up finish behind Murielle Ahouré at the Bislett Games.
The 22-year-old, who also holds the British 200m record
with her time of 22.07 from 2015, stormed across the finish line in warm conditions at the Bislett Stadium to take 0.07 from her previous 100m best which was also recorded three years ago.
Ivory Coast’s world indoor 60m champion and 2013 world 100m and 200m silver medallist Ahouré claimed victory in 10.91, while Trinidad and Tobago’s Commonwealth champion Michelle-Lee Ahye was third in 11.06. Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor was fourth in 11.12.
“I’m over the moon, I can’t
believe it!” said Asher-Smith, who finished fourth in the world 200m final and claimed 4x100m relay silver in London last summer despite breaking her foot earlier in the year.
“I’m so happy with how the race went and to get the British record is amazing.
“This year is all about focusing on the European Championships in Berlin in August, so I’ll use the IAAF Diamond League circuit to prepare for that,” added the 2016 European 200m champion, who went on to race in Stockholm last Sunday.
“I’m free from university now so I can really focus on my racing.
“There were still bits of my race where I wasn’t happy but it is a process and hopefully I am looking to go quicker as the season goes on.”
The mark puts Asher-Smith equal 13th on the European all-time list.
There was a second consecutive Scottish winner of the 1500m. 12 months after Jake Wightman finished first, Chris O’Hare claimed victory in an exciting race, with his usual superb tactical running,
With the sell-out crowd on their feet during a thrilling last 100m, the USA’s Robby Andrews was second in 3:36.05 and home favourite Jakob Ingebrigtsen third, the 17-yearold running a Norwegian junior record of 3:36.06 after leading through 1200m in 2:54.39.
Finishing in ninth, 19-yearold Jake Heyward, who won the European under-20 title last year, improved his PB from 3:42.12 to 3:39.84 and
moved from 14th to third ahead of Steve Cram on the British under-20 all-time list.
“I felt good,” said O’Hare. “I’ve had a rough six months after a great indoor season as I’ve been injured, so it’s been a tough road back. I wasn’t invited into the Dream Mile so I wanted to prove myself and I did. I had to go in the last 150m and try to stay smooth.”
O’Hare might not have been deemed good enough for the showpiece event but
his performance in effectively
winning the B race, was a better quality than anyone achieved in a poor Dream Mile which was one of the least competitive and slowest in the event’s long history.
It was predictably won by world 1500m champion
Elijah Manangoi in a mediocre 3:56.95, with Wightman, who beat the Kenyan last year, only a disappointed ninth in 3:59.15 after being well-placed going into the last lap.
The runners ignored Briton Jamie Webb’s pacemaking
(just 1:57.93 at 800m) and the third lap was covered in 64.34 as Manangoi shuffled past 1200m in 3:02.17. Considering it was so slow, you would have thought the last lap might have been extraordinarily fast but a 53 final circuit – the same as Cram achieved in running 10 seconds faster in setting his still-standing European record 33 years ago, proved sufficient.
The Kenyan said: “It was a tough race, although it looks easy. I wanted to attack the last 100m and that happened.”
Wightman said: “I don’t feel very sharp at all. I thought it was a race that anyone could win. I tried to get into a good position but I couldn’t do anything with it. I need to get racing and it will come.
“I was hoping for a better run but the pace was so slow from the start that I knew it was going to be a burn-up at the end. I would have preferred a consistent, faster pace.”
Wightman was only the third European in the race behind the elder Norwegian Ingebrigtsen brothers, Filip and Henrik, who were fourth and sixth and at least excited the passionate home crowd.
The fans were also at fever pitch in the 400m hurdles. However, Qatar’s Abderrahman Samba again danced his way to victory, clocking 47.60 to win with his usual fast finish, well ahead of a fading world champion and home favourite Karsten Warholm’s 48.22, which was still his second best time, despite being five metres adrift.
The winner said: “That was Samba over the hurdles. I have better endurance.”
Turkey’s world champion Ramil Guliyev had his most impressive win since his London victory as he won the 200m in 19.90. Britain’s Adam Gemili finished fourth in a season’s best of 20.21 as he continues his return following injury at the Commonwealth Games.
He said: “I’m happy with the season’s best. There are lots of things I need to improve on to get back to quicker form but I can’t complain.
“That will be my last 200m before the trials so I will go back and hit it hard in training, speed up and go.”
After a promising 57.52-paced first lap, South Africa’s Olympic and world champion Caster Semenya clocked an unremarkable 1:57.25 to claim victory in the 800m, a race which saw British 1500m record-holder Laura
Muir finish fifth in a European-leading 1:59.09.
As usual, Semenya seemed to be at half power until bursting clear in the last 100m for her 24th successive two-lap victory.
“I expected a better pace, maybe 55, but it did not happen but the times will come,” said Semenya.
Muir said: “I would have liked to have been a bit faster and gone under 1:59 but it was my first outdoor 800m for the best part of a year. And it was the second-fastest 800m I’ve ever run. I’m pleased and looking forward to building on it.”
There was drama in the women’s 3000m steeplechase as one of the barriers was set at
the men’s height for the first part of the race (see Dip Finish, p62).
Kenya’s world champion from 2015, Hyvin Kiyeng Jepkemoi, won ahead of USA’s 2017 world champion Emma Coburn, 9:09.63 to 9:09.70, and Britain’s Commonwealth fourth-placer Rosie Clarke was ninth in 9:42.80.
“Frustrating,” said Clarke.
“It would help if they could put the barriers at the right height. For three laps we had a barrier at men’s height which was not ideal.”
Coburn shed further light on events: “I’m incredibly frustrated that we had to hurdle the men’s barrier on the back straight three times – we were waving around and it wasn’t solved until my husband went out on to the track to tell the officials.”
Coburn, who lost her chance to win in Rome when she fell at the water jump on the final lap, added about the Oslo race: “It panicked me but I tried to stay calm and feel as easy as possible from then on.
“After the stress, the pace slowed down a lot but today was a step in the right direction for me – I fell in Rome which was my fault but today wasn’t my fault, but I will keep working hard and try to forget it now.”
Bahrain’s Salwa Eid Naser stormed to 400m victory, clocking 49.98 as Britain’s Anyika Onuora placed seventh in 51.60.
“I was happy to run another season’s best,” said Onuora. “Everything is coming together slowly but surely. I’m running races the way I should be running them and getting more confident. I’m not too fussed about running super quick at this time of year. It’s all about being ready for trials and then the European Championships. I know I’m in great shape.”
Olympic champion Dalilah Muhammad won a cracking 400m hurdles race from fellow American Shamier Little – 53.65 to 53.94.
In the field, the best contest came in a thrilling men’s shot.
New Zealand’s Tom Walsh won with a final throw of 22.29m.
Walsh led early on with a 21.91m opener and though he lost the lead to Olympic champion Ryan Crouser’s huge 22.21m, the Kiwi showed his competitive mettle with a superb last effort.
He said: “It was awesome.” Crouser’s response was pretty special if unavailing as it was adjudged a foul.
The American said: “I think it was close to 23 metres and I guess it was the very corner of the toe board with my left foot but it was a good fight with Tom.”
Tatsiana Khaladovich of Belarus also saved her best throw until last in the javelin, her mark of 67.47m breaking the national record after a very poor start to the competition where she was struggling to reach 60 metres and only up to 61.33m by round five.
She said: “I was not expecting such a great result. I knew I was ready but not for that.”
World indoor champion Sandi Morris won the pole vault with her 4.81m clearance as British record-holder Holly Bradshaw was fifth with 4.51m.
Bradshaw said: “In the pole vault there are so many
variables and in between Rehlingen and Eugene was a 10-day period and I lost my timing. For a pole vaulter that sucks so bad because you don’t know what is going on.
“Last week I had two amazing training sessions and found my timing again. I am in really good shape and just need to tweak things in my jump. Normally I am fighting injuries and trying to keep my Achilles pain under control, so this is a different position for me because my body is in really good shape and pain-free.”
Qatar’s world high jump champion Mutaz Essa Barshim claimed another victory after a best of 2.36m.
Colombia’s Olympic champion Caterine Ibargüen secured triple jump success with a windy 14.89m leap.
Discus victory was claimed by Lithuania’s world champion Andrius Gudzius after a big throw of 69.04m.
Jamaica’s Danielle Williams won the non-Diamond League 100m hurdles in 12.60 just ahead of Alina Talay of Belarus with 12.63, who was unable to replicate her recent form.
The 10,000m is rarely run in major meetings and the quality of the non-Diamond League 10,000m over 25 laps was so poor it probably means there will now be even fewer stagings of the event.
Kenyan pacer Dominic Kiptarus completed the whole race to win in a very modest 28:05.34 just ahead of Australia’s Stewart McSweyn’s 28:05.37 PB.
Andy Vernon was the other pacemaker and did a superb job, leading through 4000m (11:09.08) in a perfect even sub-28 pace before the Kenyan took over at halfway.
Dina Asher-Smith: breaks the British 100m record behind Murielle Ahouré
Scotland’s Chris O’Hare follows up on the exploits of compatriot Jake Wightman in 2017 and wins in Oslo
Jake Heyward: leapt 11 places on the British rankings
Elijah Manangoi: took Dream Mile
victory from Sadik Mikhou in a pedestrian 3:56.95
Jake Wightman: ninth in the mile
Abderrahman Samba: ran 47.60 to beat
home favourite Karsten Warholm
Caster Semenya: South African took the women’s 800m as Laura Muir (right) dipped under two minutes in finishing fifth
Ramil Guliyev: won the 200m with Adam Gemili finishing fourth
Dalilah Muhammad: had a brilliant battle with Shamier Little over the barriers
Salwa Eid Naser: took the 400m in 49.98
Rosie Clarke: frustrated after the steeplechase
Tom Walsh: won with final throw
Tatsiana Khaladovich: also saved her best throw until last
Sandi Morris: pole vault win