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Athletics-Asher-Smith defeats Richardson in Diamond League opener

GATESHEAD, England (Reuters) -Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith overcame appalling home conditions to destroy a strong field, notably new American golden girl Sha’Carri Richardson, to win the 100 metres in the opening Diamond League meeting of the season on Sunday. The 200m world champion got a fabulous start and held her form into a fierce headwind of 3.1 metres to win in 11.35 seconds. Fast-finishing Richardson, who ran a startling 10.72 last month, clocked 11.44 for second, with Marie-Josee Ta Lou (11.48) just pipping double Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce for third.