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Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith and Lorraine Ugen were among the winners at the BAUHAUS-galan Diamond League meeting in Stockholm.

Echevarría’s leap was marginally wind-aided with a reading of +2.1m/sec but it still puts him sixth on the world all-time list of performances under any conditions and is the longest jump recorded since Iván Pedroso’s disallowed mark of 8.96m from 1995.

The 19-year-old world indoor champion – who has a PB of 8.53m from Rome – also recorded wind-legal jumps of 8.50m and 8.29m in Stockholm.

USA’s Olympic champion Jeff Henderson was second with 8.39m and South Africa’s world champion Luvo Manyonga third with 8.25m – his only valid jump in swirling windy conditions.

“Today, I wanted over 8.50m but I didn’t think I could jump so far!” said Echevarría. “I want to jump at this level for a long time but it’s early season so I will just take it all step by step. I’m not even thinking about nine metres – I will have to keep working very hard in order to jump that, it is a huge barrier.

“The pressure on me was good today and it was good competing against the top guys. Next, I will jump in London and Zurich.”

In the women’s competition, Ugen jumped a season’s best of 6.85m twice for her first Diamond League win, the British indoor record-holder claiming victory on countback ahead of Germany’s Malaika Mihambo.

Dina Asher-Smith
Dina Asher-Smith
Canada’s Commonwealth champion Christabel Nettey was third with 6.83m and Serbia’s world indoor champion Ivana Spanovic fourth with 6.81m.

“I came out trying to win and I knew I could get the big jumps in but because I was injured during the indoor season, I’ve been struggling to find my rhythm until today, luckily,” said Ugen.

“It was a great competition and it was nice to be competitive amongst some good girls. I’ve been injury-free for a while so I’m feeling better on the runway. Next, I’ll compete in Madrid and then the British Championships.

“I always want a medal in a championships so I hope to get a medal in Berlin (at the European Championships), but this year is all about having fun and enjoying competing.”

Over on the track, Dina Asher-Smith was one hundredth of a second off the British 100m record she set in Oslo, clocking 10.93 (-0.1) to this time claim victory ahead of Oslo winner Murielle Ahouré who ran 11.03.

Asher-Smith is the only British female athlete to have legally gone sub-11 seconds for the event and now has three times inside 11 seconds to her name. Her 10.92 in Oslo had been run with a +1.6m/sec wind.

“I am really happy that I was able to reproduce that time (from Oslo) because I am an excitable person so when I do something good I normally take a little bit of time to come down,” she said. “The big thing for me was controlling my excitement and not getting psychologically drained between races. So I am really happy that I was able to do that.

“Now I can go and recover and head home for the trials.”

Source: AW

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