Asher-Smith scoops 100m gold
Asher-Smith scoops 100m gold

Kent’s Dina Asher-Smith won her first International Association of Athletics Federations Diamond League title as she ran a season’s best in the women’s 100 metres final at the second of the finals in Brussels.

The Orpington sprinter’s triumph came on a night where triple jumper Christian Taylor of the United States equalled the record of seven Diamond Trophy wins by France’s world pole vault record holder Renaud Lavillenie.

A time of 10.88sec in cool and rainy conditions at the King Baudoin Stadium was enough for Asher-Smith, the European 100 and 200m champion to hold off the favourite, Jamaica’s 2008 and 2012 Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.

The Jamaican, joint top of this year’s world lists with 10.73, was second in 10.95, ahead of world 100 and 200m silver medallist Marie-Josée Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast, who clocked 11.09.

Asher-Smith, who has generally regarded as a 200m specialist who sharpens up very effectively over the shorter distance now goes to the World Championships that start in Doha later this month with brimming possibilities in both distances.

Particularly as the Rio 2016 400m champion, Shaunae Miller-Uibo, will be unable to double up with the 200m due to the programming of the events.

Taylor, the world and Olympic triple jump champion, has made it a career habit to win when it is most important.