Reigning world and European champion, Dina Asher-Smith continue to blossom ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games having won the women’s 200m race at the Diamond League meeting in Florence on Thursday in 22.06 seconds.

The British sprinter’s time does not only represent the fastest this year, but also erases Marion Jones’ 22.19 time set in 1999.

Ivory Coast’s Marie-Josee Ta-Lou although stumbling at the start recovered to run a season-best 22.58 seconds to finish 2nd ahead of Switzerland’s Mujinga Kambundji [third] 22.60 seconds.

Speaking after the race the Orpington [Greater London] born said she’s proud to put up such a performance.

“It was really important to do a good race here today. Obviously, it’s been really hard over the past year and a bit because of the pandemic – so I’m really proud to be able to put that kind of time, and I definitely have more in me.

“I am very satisfied with the time because I nearly fell at the start. Then I really had to get out of the curve quick and fast. I have not run as fast as 22.58 seconds since 2017.

“Now I know that all the work I put in pays off and is worth it. The shape is there. And it keeps getting better and better. Now I will go back home to my country and train. And in July I will come back to Europe for some meetings.”