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In complete contrast to the previous day's weather, the athletes and crowd bathed in glorious summer sunshine. However, the sun wasn't the only thing to shine in the Olympic Stadium as both British and overseas athletes served up another day of highlights, these included:

  • Dina Asher-Smith breaking the British 100m record by running 10.99 - the first British woman to break the 11 second barrier - in the heats, followed by 11.06 in the final.
  • Shara Proctor broke the British long jump record with 6.98m

Doo-dloo-doo, Doo-doo-dloo-doo-doo-doo ... the weather for Friday's action at the London Diamond League meet would have been perfect for a certain Gene Kelly musical.

That said the weather, other than postponing the men's pole vault, didn't dampen a great night in the newly refurbed Olympic Stadium.

The action came thick and fast including some great highlights from British athletes, these included:

The temperature on the French Riviera was sweltering, unusually hot at 35 to 38 degrees. In Monaco at the Stade Louis II Stadium, the athletics temperature also soared for the Diamond League meeting on 17 July. A meeting that was littered with records of all sorts - a world record and numerous world leads for 2015, national records, personnel bests, and seasons bests, all too numerous to count.

A quick update from Tallinn before I head homeward. Jazmin Sawyers found her best long jump form in 3 years to leap 6.71m into silver place; lets hope it doesn't leave it as long before she sets another PB, On a cold and grey day in the women's 5k Calli Thackery ran well to finish 4th and Bethan Knights set a pb to finish 5th. It was the penultimate race before the ladies put in a first class all round performance to achieve a well merited gold in the 4 x 400m.

A most satisfactory end to a generally good all round team performance.

Four medals to raise our total to 7 with one more day to go.

Probably the best performance of the day was David Omoregie's  gold in the high hurdles; he looked smooth and confident with only a very slight hiccup over the last.  It was his first international gold after his bronze in the world juniors last year which earn't him his 2014 BASC Award.  Surely in a year or two he will be challenging at the top level.

Chris Kandu's bronze in the high jump was a little disappointing as his first failure was at 2.21m which he cleared on the second attempt; in the cold and damp conditions 2.24m was just beyond him.  Yet another promising athlete who will do well as he matures.

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