Mo Farah’s ear-busting 3000m victory may have been the meeting’s grand finale but it was four women who stole the show at the British Athletics Grand Prix in Birmingham, an IAAF Indoor Permit Meeting, this afternoon (Saturday).
Best of all was Murielle Ahouré who posted the seventh quickest time ever as she shot to victory the women’s 60m in 6.99, one of four world leads at the National Indoor Arena.
The Ivory Coast sprinter sliced a hundredth from the time she set in Houston last month to break the UK all-comers’ record for a second time in the afternoon, while Genzebe Dibaba and Olha Saladuha extended their own leads at the top of the 1500m and triple jump lists, and Natasha Hastings went under 51 seconds in the 400m.
All the pre-race publicity in the women’s 60m was about Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and world champion Carmelita Jeter. But Ahouré was in dominant form, blasting away to cross the line a full tenth ahead of the Jamaican.
Fraser-Pryce just outdipped Barbara Pierre of USA for second on her first indoor appearance, while World 100m champion Carmelita Jeter could only finish fourth in 7.18.
“That’s very cool, a boost of confidence to go out there and run against great competition and beat them,” said Ahouré. “It’s so exciting to go out there and run fast like this, it means my 100m is going to be amazing.”
Ahouré made her intentions clear in the semi-finals when she sped to 7.03, eclipsing Gail Devers’ 14-year-old stadium record. Fraser-Pryce eased off to win her semi comfortably in 7.19 before going a tenth quicker in the final.
“It was a good experience,” she said. “I’m looking forward to many more indoor races. I don’t have any more planned this year – the world title is my aim.”
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