Dina Asher-Smith, Britain’s fastest woman over 100m and 200m, set a 150m personal best at the Great North CityGames.
Asher-Smith who has recovered tremendously from her broken foot at the beginning of the year, posted 16.70 for the win in the rarely ran 150m distanced race, bettering her previous best by 0.12 from Manchester two years ago.
It draws an unforgettable season to a close for the 21-year-old broke after an outstanding performance to finish fourth in the 100m at the Wolrd Championships, before going on to bag a silver medal as part of the British 4x100m quartet.
Finishing behind Asher-Smith was Bianca Williams in 17.00, with Naomi Sedney of the Netherland’s third in 17.40.
Earlier in the day on the banks of Tyne, Desirèe Henry sealed victory in the women’s 100m clocking 11.61 for the win.
Henry finished ahead of 4x100m silver medal winning relay teammate Asha Philip, with South Africa’s Carina Horn third in 11.78 and Ireland’s European U20 champion Gina Akpe-Moses fourth.
Henry said: “This 2017 season has absolutely been amazing for me. Just to come away with a win on my last race of the season.”
Australian Jordan Williamsz won the first-mile race of the day in 4:05.88, finishing ahead of Elliot Giles in 4:06.17, with Marcin Lewandowski, who finished second last year, third in 4.06.67.
Melissa Courtney won the women’s equivalent race over the historic distance, holding off the challenge of Kenya’s Winny Chebet to win in 4:33.83. Chebet was second in 4:34.42, with Rosie Clarke running strongly for third in 4:34.42.
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In the men’s 150m American Ameer Webb took the win in 15.24, finishing ahead of Britain’s world relay gold medalist Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake.
Mitchell-Blake finished in 15.26 ahead of compatriot Harry Aikines-Aryeetey who clocked 15.38.
Perri Shakes-Drayton was a surprise winner of the women’s 500m, clocking 1:06.69 ahead of Anyika Onuora in 1.06.70 with Lisanne De Witte third with 1:07.19 and Britain’s Lynsey Sharp fourth in 1:07.48.
Nijel Amos won the men’s 500m race in 59:26 from Guy Learmonth in 1:00.73 and Dwayne Cowan third in 1:01.01.
Aries Merritt was set to compete in the men’s 110m hurdles but withdrew during the week. In the Olympic champion’s absence, Petr Svoboda took the win in 13.62, with Jarret Eaton of the USA second in 13.69 and Koen Smet third in 13.80.
Jonnie Peacock clinched the win in the men’s Para Athletics T44 100m on the pop-up track on the banks of Tyne.
In the women’s long jump Lorraine Ugen took the win on a countback ahead of Kseninja Balta and Jazmin Sawyers after the top three all recorded 6.46m.
Ugen said: “I wasn’t expecting everyone to jump the same distance! I think it makes it a bit more exciting when it’s like ooh what’s going to happen.”
Finnish athlete Urho Kujanpaa took victory in the men’s pole vault with 5.45, ahead of France’s Stanley Joseph and compatriot Tomas Wecksten.
Before the main programme of events got underway there was Great School Sprint action, with 15-year-old Amy hunt, the English Schools and School Games champion the standout performer winning the 150m (Under 19) A final in 17.31.