High jumper Hamish Kerr sixth in the Diamond League high jump in Birmingham
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Hamish Kerr, pictured at the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Belgrade, took fourth place in a Diamond League high jump event in Birmingham.
New Zealand high jumper Hamish Kerr finished tied for sixth in the Diamond League tie in Birmingham – venue for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Kerr, 25, recorded 2.18m – 13cm below the height that won him a bronze medal at the world indoor championships in Belgrade in March.
He missed all three attempts at 2.22m to bow out.
Canadian Django Lovett won with a height of 2.28m, beating Italian Gianmarco Tamberi and Polish Norbert Kobielski who both cleared 2.25m.
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Kerr got a taste of the newly refurbished Alexander Stadium, the athletics site for July’s Commonwealth Games.
The stadium was sold out for the Diamond League encounter and the crowd was able to celebrate four British victories.
Former 200m world champion Dina Asher-Smith won the 100m in 11.11 seconds, Matt Hudson-Smith won the men’s 400m and Laura Mills (1500m) and Keely Hodgkinson (800m) won the women’s middle distance.
Asher-Smith gave Alexander Stadium, which was redeveloped at a cost of $140 million, a boost ahead of the event.
“It’s great to have such a beautiful stadium in a location that is so much part of the DNA of athletics in this country,” she said.
British Olympic women’s pole vault bronze medalist Holly Bradshaw thinks the Alexander Stadium “surpasses the Olympic Stadium in London”.
Slovenian Kristjan Ceh provided one of the biggest highlights of the Birmingham encounter when he threw a Diamond League record 72m in the men’s discus.
The 23-year-old finished fifth at the Tokyo Olympics but his outburst in Birmingham was the best throw in the world in 2022.