By Ziad Chaudry

Blackheath and Bromley Harriers sprint sensation Dina Asher-Smith was satisfied with her evening’s work at the Karlsruhe IAAF World Indoor Tour event in Germany last Saturday.

However, the 20-year-old could not repeat the success from last year’s superb victory in women’s 60m sprints at the German city and had to settle for third place in the final clocking 7.11secs.

Holland’s Dafne Schippers, who earlier recorded a world lead 7.07 in the qualifying heats, took the honours with 7.08, edging out American Barbara Pierre by 0.01.

“I’m really happy because this time last year I ran 7.12 so it was pretty similar,” said Asher-Smith.

“I had a few things to work on coming into this so I was happy I was able to do impress in the final. It’s definitely an upwards trend so I’m happy.”

With four races now under her belt in 2016 Asher-Smith, who last put her racing spikes on at the World Championships in Beijing, is encouraged with her early season form.

“The season’s going well,” she said. “Obviously when you come out you’re still a bit rusty because I haven’t raced since Beijing, but I’m satisfied with my performance and I look forward to working into Glasgow.”

Meanwhile fellow Blackheath and Bromley Harriers clubmate Serita Soloman reached the final of women’s 60m hurdles at the PSD Bank Meeting in Düsseldorf last Wednesday where she posted a season’s best 8.05secs for a third place finish.

Alina Talay edged out German crowd favourite Cindy Roleder by a mere 0.01 to claim an 8.00 victory.

“It was a decent time for this time of the year so I’m really happy,” said Soloman, 25, a bronze medallist from last year’s European Indoors Championships.

“It was never really in my intentions to PB. The whole idea was to peak for trials and see how well it takes me. The fact I am ahead from where I was last year puts me in a good place.”

Soloman continued her good vain of form on Sunday with winning the women’s 60m hurdles final at Meeting d'Athlétisme de Mondeville, France in 8.07.

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