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Asher-Smith beaten at Diamond League but Muir wins again

Asher-Smith beaten at Diamond League but Muir wins again
By Sportsbeat

18/08/2018 at 17:25Updated 18/08/2018 at 17:34

Dina Asher-Smith added Diamond League silver to her three European golds with another thrilling run in the women's 200m at the Birmingham Grand Prix.

The 22-year-old, who won the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay titles in Berlin a week ago, was just beaten by the impressive Shaunae Miller-Uibo while the Netherlands' Dafne Schippers took bronze.

Asher-Smith powered out of the blocks and led at the turn but she faded down the final 100m while Miller-Uibo galloped past, clocking 22.15s for victory.

"I wanted to come out and put on a good race in front of the home crowd because I always love competing at home," Asher-Smith said.

"The race was so high calibre, it was like being in the Olympic final so I am so happy to get through that."

The men's 100m final was even closer, with Great Britain's Reece Prescod inches away from a stunning win.

USA's Christian Coleman led for much of the race but Prescod came steaming through from lane seven, with both crossing in 9.94s.

However, the win was given to Coleman while USA's Noah Lyles came third.

Elsewhere, Laura Muir romped to 1000m victory as Great Britain added a bucket full of medals in front of a raucous home crowd.

European 1500m champion Muir controlled the race from start to finish and clocked 2:33.92s, just outside the British record.

She lead home France's Renelle Lamote and British teammate Adelle Tracey, while Katie Snowden just missed out on a podium place despite a personal best time.

"It was really windy and I got a bad start, that does not normally happen to me," Muir said.

"I did not panic and got my way to the front. I really wanted to get the win on home soil and I am so happy I did that.

"I am a bit tired and I think everyone here has been hanging on but we are here for the British crowd. It's amazing."

European champion Matthew Hudson-Smith finished second in the men's 400m, finishing just 0.05s off winner Fred Kerley.

The 23-year-old was one of four runners in contention down the straight and crossed the line in second in a time of 45.59s.

"I had to go out in the first 100m but then fade because I did not want to lose anything at the end," he said.

"I am happy with the season's best. It is about being consistent and now building for next year."

In the women's 400m hurdles, Meghan Beesley finished third – holding off Eilidh Doyle – while Shara Proctor came third in the women's long jump.

Greg Rutherford, in his penultimate appearance in front of home fans, finished eighth in the men's long jump.

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