The Diamond League returns in Birmingham this afternoon with the world’s best looking to impress as national championships approach before a huge summer of international athletics. Athletes will be looking to work their way into form ahead of the World and European Championships, plus the Commonwealth Games. And the Alexander Stadium, following investment totalling £72m, hosts today’s event, while also being the home for this summer’s Commonwealth Games.
The very best of Team GB are in action, including Tokyo 2020 Olympic medalists Keely Hodgkinson, Laura Muir and Josh Kerr and Dina Asher-Smith. Great Britain’s sprint queen is working her way back into form after a devastating injury ruined her hopes of individual success in Tokyo, before a bronze in the 4x100m relay, and the 26-year-old is bullish about the prospect of a new world record in one of her events this year.
“I am confident in the work I have done,” Asher-Smith said, before considering the prospect that somebody will break Florence Griffith Joyner’s 34-year-old 100m world record of 10.49 seconds. “I think so. We shouldn’t put limits on ourselves. When you stop thinking about limits and focus on the processes, who knows what can be achieved? Everything seems impossible until it’s done. Definitely given the advantages of (spike) technology, definitely given the increase of track technology. That plus all the advantages, the competition – domestic and international – nice wins, amazing crowds, we have all been starved of crowds because of the pandemic. If I said no (that she couldn’t break it), what would you say? Crazier things have been done and nothing is impossible. I’m excited to go out there and put together some really good races. Who knows.” Follow live updates, results, reaction and more from Birmingham below:
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Men’s 1,500m: Kipsang wins, Kerr in fifth
The favourite Kipsang takes the win in 3:35.15 with Katir in second and Hoare third.
Katir hugging the rail, and Hoare swung out, but Kipsang would not be denied and underlines his newfound status as perhaps the man to beat.
Ingebrigtsen and Cheruiyot still right there, but this event is really hotting up.
Kerr settles for fifth with 3:35.92, and young Matthew Stonier in eighth with 3:37.25 on debut in the Diamond League.
Jack Rathborn21 May 2022 15:33
Men’s high jump: Django Lovett upsets Gianmarco Tamberi
Django Lovett took the win in the men’s high jump with 2.28m – a season’s best – beating out Olympic champion Gianmarco Tamberi.
The Croatian said: “I am definitely content with that – to pick up the scalp of Gianmarco (Tamberi) is a great start to the season for me. To come away with the win at a Diamond League doesn’t happen too often but I still think I could jump higher. I am not denying it is special to beat him as I know what he is capable of but I know my abilities and I am confident coming into the competition especially after third last week.“It is going to be a long season so I am pleased with 2.28m I am not going to sit on it. My plan now is to go home and get in shape for the prepare for the world champs but the Diamond Leagues are vey important to me as there is always a great field. At any champs my aim is to get on the podium and that will be the case at the Worlds and I am pushing towards that.”
While Tamberi said: “It wasn’t the best competition, but not the worst. After Doha, I just tried to restart today. I fixed some things, the technical aspect, but we still have to work a lot because when I try to jump higher to push more I do more mistakes so it is not a good condition to compete at the moment but competition helps.“The conditions are totally different compared to Doha, going from 35 degrees to 17 today, but I’m just going to keep working and I’m going to be back competing again next weekend.”
(Action Images via Reuters)
Jack Rathborn21 May 2022 15:25
Women’s 100m: Dina Asher-Smith wins ahead of Shericka Jackson and Daryll Neita
Dina Asher-Smith rebounded impressively to win the women’s 100m in front of a home crowd at the Birmingham Diamond League.
The world 200m champion came home in 11.10 in a nail-biter at the newly-renovated Alexander Stadium.
Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson finished second and Great Britain’s Olympic 100m finalist Daryll Neita finished third.
Jack Rathborn21 May 2022 14:52
Men’s 800m: Arop wins, Wightman fourth
A long kick home for Arop, impressive, 1:45.41.
Robert second, Hoppel second and Wightman fourth in 1:46.39, a season’s best.
Jack Rathborn21 May 2022 14:41
Men’s 100m: Brown wins after Bromell and Hughes disqualified
Bromell is disqualified for a false start! Drama here as we have a second DQ!
It looks like Zharnell Hughes was first to go this time… Yes, it’s Hughes.
It’s third time lucky, we’re away, Brown from Canada 10.13 seconds for the Canadian.
Jamaica’s Blake second in 10.18 and Blake from Canada third in 10.20. De Grasse fourth.
Jack Rathborn21 May 2022 14:32
Women’s 1,500m: Laura Muir beats out Jessica Hull for the win
Laura Muir, Jemma Reekie and Katie Snowden in action for Great Britain.
Ellie Sandford pacing here and they’re right on the lights as we approach 700m.
Jessica Hull and Laura Muir still with Sandford, then a gap to third.
The pacer steps off and it’s Muir just ahead of Hull at the bell, 2:58…
It’s Muir for the win in 4:02.82, Hull second and then a gap to Winny Chebet in third.
Reekie came fifth in 4:07.01, with Snowden eighth in 4:08.33.
(AFP via Getty Images)
Jack Rathborn21 May 2022 14:18
Women’s Discus Throw: Valarie Allman wins
Valarie Allman wins the women’s discus in 67.85, she beats out Croatian Sandra Perkovic, who is second with 67.26 – a season’s best.
Laulaga Tausaga is a way back in third with 60.80.
USA’s Valarie Allman in action during the Women’s Discus Throw
Jack Rathborn21 May 2022 14:15
Women’s 400m Hurdles
Dalilah Muhammad takes the victory in the women’s 400mH in 54.55.
The Ukrainians, Tkachuk and Ryzhykova, come home in second and third.
Great Britain’s Lina Nielsen is fourth in 55.40.
Jack Rathborn21 May 2022 14:06
Men’s 100m B race
Jeremiah Azu – 10.19 SBAaron Brown – 10.23Sam Gordon – 10.44
A solid outing for Azu, who admits he is pleased with the time given the conditions: “I wanted to run a PB today but unfortunately the wind changed to a -0.5 so I am pleased with that today. I am in a better place than when I raced two weeks ago. I knew I could win the race and I hadn’t realised quite how close he (Aaron Brown) was behind me. “I really want that Welsh record in this stadium if I can at the Commonwealths. I am looking forward to putting on the Welsh vest. It was good to experience the stadium ahead of the Games. I run in Bydgoszcz and hope to run even faster. “The British Champs will be hot and I think it will take sub-10 to win it as there are so many men in great shape at the moment. Of course it may depend on the Manchester weather.”
Jack Rathborn21 May 2022 14:00
Men’s 800m B race
Ben Pattison reacts to his win in the men’s 800m B race in 1:49.21: “It was a huge domestic field so these are the boys I will be competing with for the Worlds, Commies (Commonwealths) and Europeans so I thought it was important to go for the win. It wasn’t a quick race so it was good to test if I can use a change of pace and test my speed. I was in a good position with 200 to go when Kyle (Langford) came past so I thought let’s go with him. I felt pleased to get that gap behind me. “My coach never goes into too much detail as you never know how an 800 is going to go. I have a good racing brain so no need to force a time in a big head to head. I am in good endurance shape so I am going to Poznan to test myself out at 1k which I have never ran before so that will be interesting.”
Jack Rathborn21 May 2022 13:56