Asher-Smith breaks British 100m record with 10.99

LONDON Sporting Alert – Dina Asher-Smith becomes the first British female sprinter to dip under 11-seconds for the 100m, after posting a national record of 10.99 secs in the heat at the London Diamond League meeting on Saturday.

Asher-Smith, who earlier this season ran 11.02 secs in Hengelo to set a British record, improved that mark on Saturday with an impressive performance against a strong lineup in heat one.

Asher-Smith won the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships gold medal in Eugene.

She is also the Great Britain national 100m champion this season.

Netherlands sprint star Dafne Schippers also flashed to 10.99 secs to win heat two, as she edged out Commonwealth Games champion Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria who ran 11.00.

This sets up a great final for later.

Another athlete grabbing a British record on the morning was long jumper Shara Proctor, who leaped 6.98m in the final round of the event to better her own previous national record and personal best of 6.95m.

“I am so speechless. I am so happy,” Proctor said. “I did not expect to jump 6.98m today.

“I am in hard training right now that is why I didn’t expect to jump so far today.”

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