Canada’s Aaron Brown won the first men’s 100 metre race of the Diamond League season with an underwhelming show in Birmingham on Saturday, after two false starts saw top contender Trayvon Bromell and local favourite Zharnel Hughes disqualified.
Brown clocked in at 10.13 seconds, a minor improvement from his ‘B’ race earlier when he managed 10.23 behind Jeremiah Azu, as the marquee event of the meet came to an anti-climactic finish when Bromell and Hughes jumped the gun.
“I’m glad I won this one and not the first one, if I had to choose,” Brown said. “I felt good. My plan was to get a training day in. I have another race to run in the relay, so three runs in one Diamond League is a record but I love it.
“I’m trying to get the work in and get ready for the world championships.”
Former world champion Yohan Blake of Jamaica finished second at 10.18 seconds while Canada’s Jerome Blake took bronze with an effort of 10.20 seconds. His fellow Canadian Andre De Grasse was fourth after a disappointing run.
Britain’s 200m world champion Dina Asher-Smith finished strongly to seal a tight women’s 100m race at 11.11 seconds, edging out Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson by a hundredth of a second. Briton Daryll Neita took bronze with 11.14.
Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah had pulled out of the meet earlier this week after the Jamaican experienced discomfort in training, denying the Birmingham crowd of a showdown between the last two women’s 100m Diamond League champions.
Tokyo Games 1,500m silver medallist Laura Muir marked her first race of the season following a back problem with a solid show to claim gold in the women’s event, ahead of Australia’s Jessica Hull and Kenya’s Winny Chebet.
Roared on by the crowd at the Alexander Stadium, which has been redeveloped for this year’s Commonwealth Games starting on July 28, the 29-year-old Briton turned on the after-burners towards the end to cross the line at 4:02.81.
“To come here and win in my first race of the season, I’m really happy. The win was more important than the time in my first race especially as it was quite windy out there,” Muir said. “It was solid and running from the front too.”
Dalilah Muhammad wins women’s 400m hurdles
Valarie Allman wins the women’s discus
Brown wins men’s 100m after Bromell and Hughes disqualified
Muir holds off Hull to win women’s 1,500m
Asher-Smith wins women’s 100m ahead of Jackson and Neita
Kipsang wins men’s 1,500m, Kerr in fifth, Stonier eighth
Hodgkinson wins women’s 800m with dominant performance
Women’s 800m: Keely Hodgkinson wins with dominant performance
Saturday 21 May 2022 15:52 , Jack Rathborn
Here’s Keely Hodgkinson, they hit the bell at 59.04.
Hodgkinson leading Goule at the bell, but Hurta coming on strong.
It’s 1:58.64 for Hodgkinson, superb, she led from the front and stormed home. Nobody had anything in response.
Lamote is second in 1:59.53 and Goule third, with Hurta fourth.
Michael Johnson criticises Zharnel Hughes for latest false start
Saturday 21 May 2022 15:51 , Jack Rathborn
Michael Johnson: “Zharnel Hughes has false started every race I’ve seen him entered over the last year. At this point he’s taking a lane that should go to someone who’s going to finish the race.”
Men’s 1,500m: Kipsang wins, Kerr in fifth
Saturday 21 May 2022 15:33 , Jack Rathborn
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.
Men’s high jump: Django Lovett upsets Gianmarco Tamberi
Saturday 21 May 2022 15:25 , Jack Rathborn
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.”
Women’s 100m: Dina Asher-Smith wins ahead of Shericka Jackson and Daryll Neita
Saturday 21 May 2022 14:52 , Jack Rathborn
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.
Men’s 800m: Arop wins, Wightman fourth
Saturday 21 May 2022 14:41 , Jack Rathborn
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.
Men’s 100m: Brown wins after Bromell and Hughes disqualified
Saturday 21 May 2022 14:32 , Jack Rathborn
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.
Women’s 1,500m: Laura Muir beats out Jessica Hull for the win
Saturday 21 May 2022 14:18 , Jack Rathborn
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.
Women’s Discus Throw: Valarie Allman wins
Saturday 21 May 2022 14:15 , Jack Rathborn
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.
Women’s 400m Hurdles
Saturday 21 May 2022 14:06 , Jack Rathborn
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.
Men’s 100m B race
Saturday 21 May 2022 14:00 , Jack Rathborn
Jeremiah Azu - 10.19 SB
Aaron Brown - 10.23
Sam 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.”
Men’s 800m B race
Saturday 21 May 2022 13:56 , Jack Rathborn
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.”
Saturday 21 May 2022 13:38 , Jack Rathborn
Women’s 100m B race
Saturday 21 May 2022 13:34 , Jack Rathborn
Interesting development here, Gabby Thomas, arguably the favourite for the main race later up against Dina Asher-Smith, is lining up in the B race, perhaps to practice or simulate heats?
A close finish! Looks like Thomas might have got it on the line, 11.27 is the winning time.
Bingham of Canada second in 11.28 and American Brisco third in 11.29, with GB’s Lansiquot fourth.
Men’s 800m B race
Saturday 21 May 2022 13:27 , Jack Rathborn
They come through in 00:54.99.
Randolph leads with 200m to go...
Pattison storms home with a fine kick, clocking 1:49.21, with Webb second and Langford third.
Pattison impressive, with a 29.26 for his last 200m.
Men’s 800m B race
Saturday 21 May 2022 13:25 , Jack Rathborn
The men’s 800m B race is here, it’s got a lot of competition with Langford, Learmonth, Webb, Davis and Pattison all pushing for GB vests this summer.
Thomas Young edges out Zac Shaw in men’s 100m ambulant
Saturday 21 May 2022 13:20 , Jack Rathborn
Thomas Young edged out Zac Shaw in the men’s 100m ambulant, clocking 10.95 for a season’s best.
Reacting to the win, Young said: “The race felt so good, I got out quite strong, I knew Zac (Shaw) was going to be there chasing me. He’s a great athlete and a great person and I love racing against him.“Of course, winning is always nice but I’m just really happy to come here to this brand new fantastic stadium get the win. It’s amazing to have para athletics at the Diamond League so a huge thank you to the organisers and British Athletics.“The track feels so good. I’m one hundredth off my personal best, which is a season’s best. I ran quicker here than what I did in Dubai so to get a season’s best at this new stadium is amazing.”
Saturday 21 May 2022 12:58 , Tom Kershaw
Welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of the Diamond League meeting in Birmingham this afternoon.
The world’s best will be 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.
11:30 Women U17 4 x 100m Relay Club Connect
11:35 Women Seated Shot F55/57
11:38 Men U17 4 x 100m Relay Club Connect
11:46 Women U20 4 x 100m Relay Club Connect
11:54 Men U20 4 x 100m Relay Club Connect
12:02 Men 800m Wheelchair
12:10 Women 400m Wheelchair
12:18 Men 3000m Steeplechase
12:33 Women 800m B
12:52 Women 400m B
13:02 Men 100m Ambulant
13:10 Women 100m Ambulant
13:21 Women Discus Throw
13:24 Men High Jump
13:26 Men 800mB
13:34 Women 100m B
13:42 Men 100m B
13:47 Women Pole Vault
13:50 Men 400m B
14:04 Women 400m Hurdles
14:09 Women Final 3 Discus Throw
14:17 Women 1500m
14:25 Women Long Jump
14:29 Men 100m
14:37 Men 800m
14:46 Women 100m
14:53 Men Discus Throw
14:55 Men 400m
15:03 Women 5000m
15:19 Women Final 3 Long Jump
15:28 Men 1500m
15:41 Men 110m Hurdles
15:43 Men Final 3 Discus Throw
15:51 Women 800m
16:05 Men 4 x 100m Relay
16:15 Women 4 x 100m Relay 16:16