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China’s Xie Zhenye breaks Asian men’s 200m record in London

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LONDON, July 21:  China’s Xie Zhenye won the title at the IAAF Diamond League and broke the Asian men’s 200 meters record here on Sunday.

Xie, who won the event at the same stadium last year in the World Cup, fought back from fifth off the bend to take a remarkable win in 19.88 to crash the Asian record by 0.09 and improve his personal best by 0.18 seconds.

The 25-year-old Xie, who has clocked 9.97 seconds in the 100m, beat local hero Miguel Francis, who completed second in 19.97.

The Asian champion said “It was amazing because it was my personal best and a new Asian record, so I’m very happy”.

“I love you guys, I love this track. I just told myself to go fast. This gives me a lot of confidence for the World Championships.”

It was the first time that the Chinese sprinter ran under 20 seconds, which helped him break the Asian mark of 19.97 set by Nigerian-born Femi Ogunode of Qatar in 2015.

His co-player Xie Wenjun won the 110m hurdles by getting the nod in a photo finish over Wilhem Belocian of France. Both were recognized with 13.28 seconds, with the Chinese 0.005 faster. Olympic champion Omar McLeod of the United States finished third in 13.32.

“I’m always excited to perform in London. But I’m not too satisfied with my time of 13.28. This was down to my start not being to the standard I’m used to, although I did manage to catch them up after a few hurdles which is pleasing,” Xie Wenjun said after the race.

Jamaica’s two-time Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce underlined her status as the world’s fastest female sprinter with 100m victory.

Fraser-Pryce, also a seven-time world champion, clocked 10.78 seconds in a very slight wind to eclipse her own six-year meeting record.

Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith completed second in 10.92 with Marie-Josee Ta Lou of Cote d’Ivoire third with a time of 10.98.

Daniel Stahl of Sweden, who also won the Diamond League titles in Doha and Oslo, broke the nine-year-old men’s discus meeting record with a 68.56m hurl.

In the men’s high jump, Majd Eddin Ghazal of Syria cleared 2.30 meters for the title while world champion Mutaz Barshim of Qatar settled for second after clearing 2.27 at the third attempt. He lost at 2.30 after two attempts.

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