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Asher-Smith trumps Thompson

Cruise mode: Dina Asher-Smith left Elaine Thomspon in her wake in winning the 200m.

Cruise mode: Dina Asher-Smith left Elaine Thomspon in her wake in winning the 200m.   | Photo Credit: REUTERS

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Wilson takes advantage of Semenya’s absence

Dina Asher-Smith underlined her world title ambitions on Thursday by posting the year’s fastest time as she cruised to victory in the 200m at the Stockholm Diamond League.

The British sprinter pulled away from 2016 double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson to finish in 22.18s, with the Jamaican trailing in her wake with 22.66 and former world champion Dafne Schippers way back in third in 22.78.

Earlier, American Ajee Wilson took the 800m in the absence of Caster Semenya, who could not compete in the event due to new rules that would force her and other hyperandrogenic athletes to take medication to lower their testosterone levels.

A bronze medallist at the 2017 worlds, Wilson crossed the line in 2m 00.87s, beating Ethiopia’s Habitam Alemu (2:01.26) and Kenya’s Nelly Jepkosgei (2:01.98) in the first Diamond League 800m since the controversial rules came into effect.

US one-lap sensation Michael Norman won the 400m in 44.53s, a second slower than his fastest time in the world this year.

Kenya’s Agnes Jebet Tirop also set a year’s fastest time as she claimed victory in the women’s 5,000m in 14:50.82, while Timothy Cheruiyot saw off Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen, double gold medallist at last year’s European Championships, in the 1,500m with a time of 3:35.79.

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