Asher-Smith breaks 11 seconds and her own British 100m record while Proctor soars out to 6.98m to improve her own long jump mark at the Anniversary Games
The sell-out Anniversary Games crowd was treated to two British records in quick succession on Saturday afternoon as first Dina Asher-Smith stormed to a time of 10.99 in a 100m heat and moments later Shara Proctor soared out to 6.98m in the long jump.
Ahead of the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games meeting Asher-Smith had said how it was going to be “absolutely amazing” to be back in the Olympic Stadium, where she undertook kit carrying duties at London 2012, and that she hoped to do everybody proud.
That she did. Going sub-11 seconds, she beat the likes of Murielle Ahouré and Charonda Williams, with the final yet to come.
“It means a lot, I’m still a bit confused,” said the 19-year-old. “I’m trying to keep calm so I can execute in the final. I’m over the moon but I’ve still got a lot to improve because it was messy in places.”
The time improves her own British record run of 11.02 in Hengelo in May.
Just a couple of minutes later and Proctor joined her fellow Briton in record-breaking ways. Saving her best leap until last, she added three centimetres to her own national record set in 2012, which she had equalled in Doha in May, with 6.98m.
“This crowd is what helped me the most – the claps just echoed and it gave me an extra boost,” she said. “I honestly did not expect to jump so far. I’m just speechless.
“I’m happy to be here and be healthy. I’m happy to be back and competing so well in this stadium.”
She added: “There is more to come. Training has been going well, I’m in hard training now so I did not expect that today.”
» A round-up of the action on day two of the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games can be found here