Dina Asher-Smith promised to do something “quick” and she didn’t disappoint after the Great Britain sprinter star posted a new personal best and world-leading time of 7.08 seconds to win the women’s 60 meters at Friday night’s Indoor Meeting Karlsruhe.
World Champion Opens Fast Indoors
Asher-Smith, who said at her virtual press conference that she was “unbelievably excited” to return to competitive competition at the 2021 World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold, was making her first appearance indoors since 2018.
Her winning time on Friday bettered the previous world-leading performance of American Twanisha Terry, who had posted 7.14 secs when opening her season in Fayetteville, AR, on Jan. 22.
The world 200m champion showed signs of what was to come in the final when she improved the previous 2021 indoor best to 7.11 in the qualifying heats. She just missed the long-standing meeting record of 7.04 seconds, set back Russian legendary Irina Privalova in 1996.
Following Asher-Smith Home
Asher-Smith crossed the finishing line well ahead of French sprinter Orlann Ombissa-Dzangue, who clocked a seasonal best of 7.16 seconds, just shy of her career-best of 7.15, for second place.
Swiss sprinter Ajla Del Ponte, who came into the meet with a personal best of 7.17, matched her lifetime best to take third place. Lisa Mayer of Germany finished fourth in a season’s best 7.21, while Great Britain’s Asha Philip took fifth with 7.22.
A complete report of the Indoor Meeting Karlsruhe will be available at the end of the meeting…