British sprinter – Dina Asher-Smith has shared her delight ahead of the Wanda Diamond League [Müller Grand Prix Gateshead] on May 23.
Asher-Smith, a British record-holder who won the women’s 200m gold [21.88 seconds] at the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha in 2019 will come up against the likes of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Elaine Thompson-Herah and Sha’Carri Richardson.
“I’m so excited to be running at the Müller Grand Prix Gateshead,” said Asher-Smith.
“It’s going to be my first Diamond League of 2021 and my first Diamond League since 2019 and I can’t wait. It’s been a long time coming!
“I’m so excited to get back out there, running the 100m. It’s going to be so much fun. So 23rd of May, here we come!”
Fraser-Pryce won Olympic 100m gold in 2008 and 2012, whereas in 2019 she beat Asher-Smith in Doha to claim her fourth world 100m title.
Fraser-Pryce’s fellow Jamaican, Thompson-Herah, is the reigning Olympic 100m and 200m champion.
In-form American Richardson, meanwhile, clocked a sensational 10.72 earlier this month to go sixth on the world all-time rankings – just behind Fraser-Pryce and Thompson-Herah, who both have PBs of 10.70.
The first Wanda Diamond League event of 2021 was due to take place in Rabat but has been moved to Gateshead due to the coronavirus pandemic.