British sprinter, Geraldina Asher-Smith thrilled home crowd at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham on Saturday [at the Müller Birmingham Diamond League] after edging out Shericka Jackson to win the women’s 100m.

The Blackheath & Bromley sprinter clocked 11.11 seconds to beat Olympic medallist – Shericka Jackson of Jamaica [11.12] with fellow Brit Daryll Neita in third in 11.13 seconds.

Asher-Smith was happy with the first half of her race but “got overexcited” and made some technical mistakes with her running form in the second half. Overall she was happy, though, saying:

“It’s my first 100m of the season and it’s a long season so we’re easing our way into it and it was good.

“There was a very strong field, I could have done a few things differently if I am being picky but I’m very happy to win in this [cool] temperature and against this field.”

“Being British I wanted to come to Birmingham in this beautiful new stadium and put on show. When other girls are three or four races done, you are like ‘I hope my opener is sharp enough to beat everybody’ and it was, so all good.”

The King’s College London Alma mater later ran the third leg in the 4x100m, handing over to Neita on the anchor, as Britain cruised to victory 42.29 seconds after Beth Dobbin and Imani Lansiquot had run the opening legs.

By James K. Attaglo Wilson