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Weekly Women’s Sports Digest – July 27

July 27, 2015

Heavy rain affected many of this weekends major events that included the Women’s Tour de France road race, the Women’s Ashes and the Anniversary games. The major highlight was a fantastic performance by Dina Asher-Smith, which saw her become the first woman to break  the 11 second barrier for the 100 metres.Dina-Asher-Smith

Athletics: Dina Asher-Smith first brit to break 11 second barrier
Three years after she carried athletes’ trainers and tracksuits at London 2012, Dina Asher-Smith has became the first British woman to dip below 11 seconds for the 100m at the same Olympic Stadium.

She set her time of 10.99 seconds in the heats of the Aniversary Games in London and then ran 11.06 secs in the final to finish fourth as Holland’s Dafne Schippers clocked 10.92 secs to also set a national record. Full story via TeamGB

Cricket: England and Australia stand equal at 1-1 in Ashes
As predicted by Isa Guha on Sportsister, this women’s Ashes is looking set to be a closely matched battle. After England took the first ODI (One Day International match) in Taunton, Australia evened things up by winning the second in Bristol. The final ODI was due to start in Worcester on Sunday, but has been postponed til Monday.  Full story via Sportsister

Cricket: Women’s Cricket Super League coming to England in 2016
A six-team Twenty20 women’s competition for the best players in the country, plus two foreign players per team will happen in 2016, funded by a £3 million investment from the ECB over the next four years. Clare Connor, Head of women’s cricket at the ECB,  calls it an “evolution” but given cricket’s deep attachment to things like small urns, big teas and tradition generally, there is also a revolutionary zing to the idea. Full story via The Mixed Zone

IPC Grand Prix: Georgia Hermitage improves her own world record
Britain’s Georgina Hermitage and Sophie Hahn improved their own world records to shine at the IPC Grand Prix on the final day of the Anniversary Games. Hermitage’s one minute 2.48 seconds narrowly improved on the 1:02.70 she set in Berlin in June.

There were also wins for 2012 gold medallist Hannah Cockroft (T34 400m) as well as Commonwealth Games gold medallist Libby Clegg and guide Mikail Huggins (T12 200m) and club thrower Jo Butterfield who improved her own F51 European record by almost two metres. Full story via BBC

Cycling: Charlotte Green out in semi-finals at BMX worlds
The World BMX championships took place in rain-soaked conditions in Belgium this weekend and despite heading to the championships with historic injury worries, Charlotte Green finished third in her heat to progress to the 1/4 finals. After a strong ride in the 1/4 finals, Green made it to the semi-finals, but finished 8th in a tough race that was won by Australian Caroline Buchanan.

Cycling: Lizzie Armitstead finishes fourth in La Course de le Tour in Paris
Anna van der Breggen is the queen of Paris after winning the second edition of La Course by Le Tour. The Dutch Rabo Liv rider crossed the line seconds ahead of Jolien D’Hoore, Amy Pieters and Britain’s Lizzie Armitstead, who finished fourth.

A daring solo escape saw Van der Breggen triumph in the women’s race which precedes the final stage of the men’s Tour de France, which was punctuated by crashes and took place in torrential rain. Full story and video via ITV4

Danielle Sellwood, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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