Shericka Jackson wins 200m race in Rome – Dina Asher-Smith third

Dina Asher-Smith finished third in the 200m Diamond League race in Rome as Shericka Jackson and Elaine Thompson-Herah finished first and second respectively.

Jamaican Shericka Jackson won in a season’s-best of 21.91, with compatriot and Olympic champion Thompson-Herah finishing second in 22.25.

Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas was fourth, with Britain’s Beth Dobbin ninth in 23.36 at the Stadio Olimpico.

Asher-Smith said that she was happy with her performance, adding: “I was hoping for maybe a bit of a quicker time but it was quite a good run.

“It was a really good field so I finished very highly in that. You always want to go out and win but sometimes it’s about the journey and you have to have your eye on the championships.”

In the 1500m, Olympic silver medallist Laura Muir, continuing her return from a back injury, finished third in four minutes 4.93 seconds.

Muir kept pace with winner Hirut Meshesha and Axumawit Embaye, who finished second, but did not have the speed to overtake the Ethiopians on the final straight as they crossed the line in 4:03.79 and 4:04.53 respectively.

In the pole vault, Team GB Olympic bronze medallist Holly Bradshaw, who missed the 2022 indoor season, was joint-second with a season’s best jump of 4.60m as American Sandi Morris won with 4.81m.

Briton Lina Nielsen finished fourth in the 400m hurdles in a personal-best 54.73 seconds, while Lawrence Okoye was fifth in the discus with 64.72m.

Jemma Reekie’s 2:00.28 was enough for ninth in an 800m race won by American Olympic champion Athing Mu in 1:57.01 – a world-leading time this season.

Jazmin Sawyers was seventh in the long jump with 6.61m as Ukraine’s Maryna Bekh-Romanchuk won with 6.85m.

The next meeting of the season takes place in Oslo on 16 June, with two others after that leading up to the World Championships, which begin in Eugene on 14 July.