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    Neita and Reekie smash meeting records in Marseille

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    Daryll Neita became the second fastest Brit in history over 100m at the FBK Games in Hengelo on Sunday with a lifetime best of 11.04 and she gave further notice of her sub-11 second potential at the Meeting de Marseille, a World Athletics Continental Tour Bronze meeting, on Wednesday (9) evening.

    After clocking 11.21 in her heat against a headwind of 2.8 m/s, Neita powered to victory in the final in 11.08 despite the handicap of another significant headwind of 1.6 m/s. Neita won by a clear margin from world 200m finalist Gina Bass from Gambia in 11.21 and the Brit’s time also improved Blessing Okagbare’s meeting record of 11.18.

    Her compatriot Jemma Reekie won her third international 800m race in the space of a week and she also took ownership of the meeting record which was held by her compatriot and training partner Laura Muir at 2:00.16. 

    Reekie cut loose on the second lap to win in 1:58.41 to win by almost two seconds from the German duo of Christina Hering (2:00.15) and Tanja Spill (2:00.66). Reekie’s winning time was also the third fastest of her career behind her outdoor lifetime best of 1:58.27 and her British indoor 800m record of 1:57.91.

    Double European U23 champion Natalia Kaczmarek continued her rise in the 400m with victory in a meeting record of 51.16 ahead of Brit Laviai Nielsen (51.42) and 2017 European indoor champion Floria Guei (51.57). Her compatriot Krystian Zalewski made it a Polish double with victory in the men’s 400m in 45.61.

    Elsewhere on the track Jimmy Vicaut opened his European season with victory on his home track in 10.36 (-1.4) ahead of European 200m champion Ramil Guliyev from Turkey in 10.42 and Spain’s Asier Martinez won the 110m hurdles in 13.36 ahead of Czech veteran Petr Svoboda in 13.58.

    Behind Kenya's Collins Kipruto who won the 800m in 1:43.95, France's Benjamin Robert finished second in a lifetime best of 1:44.53 with European indoor champion Patryk Dobek from Poland third in 1:44.80. Fellow Kenyan Abel Kipsang won the men's 1500m in 3:32.68 with Brit Elliot Giles stepping up in distance to finish second in a lifetime best of 3:33.80.

    Full results here