World Champion Karsten Warholm continued his excellent form this season as he won the 400-meter hurdles in the anniversary with a new personal best of 47.12. The Norwegian main competitor David McMaster went down with an injury early in the race, leaving Warholm well off the field to break the European record for the second time this season.
Former world champion Danielle Williams clocked a stunning time of 12.32 to win the 100-metre hurdles. The time makes her the seventh fastest woman over the distance in history. The 26-year-old will not be at the World Championships, having been disqualified for a false-start in the Jamaican trials.
Britain’s Laura Muir outpaced Germany’s Konstanze Klosterhalfen to win the women’s 1500 metres in a time of 3.58.25.
The AFP reported that Muir said her rivals were pushing her to improve. “There’s huge strength in depth of the fields here, so you can run a world lead at one event and then someone else will do it at the next,” said Muir. “It really helps keep pushing you on. It’s great to have so much competition.”
South Africa’s Akani Simbine held off Britain’s Zharnel Hughes to win the men’s 100 metres in a time of 9.93. Hughes finished second in 9.95.
Jamaica’s double Olympic champion, Elaine Thompson, won the women’s 200 metres in a time of 22.13. Marie-Josee Ta Lou was second, with a time of 22.36, while Britain’s Beth Dobbin ran a personal best of 22.50 in third place.
After the race, Thompson said she was happy to be back competing in London. “I’m feeling great to be back in London competing over 200m,” said Thompson, the quickest over 100m and 200m this year.
“It’s all work in progress. It’s a long season, so I just came out here to perform and enjoy it.”