Asher-Smith returns to competitive action with personal best 60m win

Dina Asher-Smith had not raced competitively since October 2019 and Friday's race was the first indoor race she has competed in over three years. Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Britain's Dina Asher-Smith returned to competitive action for the first time in over a year on Friday and equalled her personal best in winning the 60 metres race at the World Indoor Tour in Karlsruhe.

Asher-Smith, 25, hasn't raced competitively since she won the world 200m title in Doha in October 2019.

The race was also her first indoor competition in three years and she won with a time of 7.08 seconds which equalled her personal best.

The time was 0.02 seconds off the British record which is held by Asha Philips and who was also racing in Karlsruhe. She finished fifth.

"Finally back at it," Asher-Smith wrote on Instagram.

"7.08!! A world leading time, equal PB [personal best] and my fastest season opener ever. What a way to kick off 2021 and end the competition drought."

She is scheduled to compete in Dusseldorf on Sunday and potentially the European Indoors in Poland in March as she continues to prepare for the postponed Tokyo Olympics.

Other British competitors included Elliot Giles who won the 800m, Sophie McKinna who placed third in the shot put and Melissa Courtney-Bryant who also finished third in the 3,000m.

Andy Butchart broke his own Scottish indoor record and came fourth in the 3,000m with an indoor personal best time of 7.485 minutes.