Birmingham Diamond League LIVE: Latest updates and results starring Dina Asher-Smith and Keely Hodgkinson

Dina Asher-Smith headlines a star-studded Birmingham Diamond League

The Diamond League returns in Birmingham this afternoon with the world’s best looking to impress as national championships approach before a huge summer of international athletics. Athletes will be looking to work their way into form ahead of the World and European Championships, plus the Commonwealth Games. And the Alexander Stadium, following investment totalling £72m, hosts today’s event, while also being the home for this summer’s Commonwealth Games.

The very best of Team GB are in action, including Tokyo 2020 Olympic medalists Keely Hodgkinson, Laura Muir and Josh Kerr and Dina Asher-Smith. Great Britain’s sprint queen is working her way back into form after a devastating injury ruined her hopes of individual success in Tokyo, before a bronze in the 4x100m relay, and the 26-year-old is bullish about the prospect of a new world record in one of her events this year.

“I am confident in the work I have done,” Asher-Smith said, before considering the prospect that somebody will break Florence Griffith Joyner’s 34-year-old 100m world record of 10.49 seconds. “I think so. We shouldn’t put limits on ourselves. When you stop thinking about limits and focus on the processes, who knows what can be achieved? Everything seems impossible until it’s done. Definitely given the advantages of (spike) technology, definitely given the increase of track technology. That plus all the advantages, the competition – domestic and international – nice wins, amazing crowds, we have all been starved of crowds because of the pandemic. If I said no (that she couldn’t break it), what would you say? Crazier things have been done and nothing is impossible. I’m excited to go out there and put together some really good races. Who knows.” Follow live updates, results, reaction and more from Birmingham below:

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Welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of the Diamond League meeting in Birmingham this afternoon.

The world’s best will be looking to impress as national championships approach before a huge summer of international athletics. Athletes will be looking to work their way into form ahead of the World and European Championships, plus the Commonwealth Games. And the Alexander Stadium, following investment totalling £72m, hosts today’s event, while also being the home for this summer’s Commonwealth Games.

The very best of Team GB are in action, including Tokyo 2020 Olympic medalists Keely Hodgkinson, Laura Muir and Josh Kerr and Dina Asher-Smith. Great Britain’s sprint queen is working her way back into form after a devastating injury ruined her hopes of individual success in Tokyo, before a bronze in the 4x100m relay, and the 26-year-old is bullish about the prospect of a new world record in one of her events this year.

Schedule

  • 11:30 Women U17 4 x 100m Relay Club Connect
  • 11:35 Women Seated Shot F55/57
  • 11:38 Men U17 4 x 100m Relay Club Connect
  • 11:46 Women U20 4 x 100m Relay Club Connect
  • 11:54 Men U20 4 x 100m Relay Club Connect
  • 12:02 Men 800m Wheelchair
  • 12:10 Women 400m Wheelchair
  • 12:18 Men 3000m Steeplechase
  • 12:33 Women 800m B
  • 12:52 Women 400m B
  • 13:02 Men 100m Ambulant
  • 13:10 Women 100m Ambulant
  • 13:21 Women Discus Throw
  • 13:24 Men High Jump
  • 13:26 Men 800mB
  • 13:34 Women 100m B
  • 13:42 Men 100m B
  • 13:47 Women Pole Vault
  • 13:50 Men 400m B
  • 14:04 Women 400m Hurdles
  • 14:09 Women Final 3 Discus Throw
  • 14:17 Women 1500m
  • 14:25 Women Long Jump
  • 14:29 Men 100m
  • 14:37 Men 800m
  • 14:46 Women 100m
  • 14:53 Men Discus Throw
  • 14:55 Men 400m
  • 15:03 Women 5000m
  • 15:19 Women Final 3 Long Jump
  • 15:28 Men 1500m
  • 15:41 Men 110m Hurdles
  • 15:43 Men Final 3 Discus Throw
  • 15:51 Women 800m
  • 16:05 Men 4 x 100m Relay
  • 16:15 Women 4 x 100m Relay 16:16

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