A huge congratulations to World Champion and record holder Dina Asher-Smith!
On 2nd October 2019, Dina Asher-Smith set a British record of 21.88 seconds in the 200m at the World Championships, and the first British woman to win a major global sprint title.
She is the first Briton to win a World or Olympic sprint title since Linford Christie at Stuttgart 1993.
Asher-Smith showed promise as an athlete from an early age, winning a variety of junior events and setting records for her age category, after being spotted by her coach John Blackie at a cross-country event. She has worked with him since the age of eight, describing him as her ‘second dad’. It has been a tremendous journey for Asher-Smith since winning the European youth 200m title in 2013.
Last Sunday she achieved a silver in the 100m, and that was considered an achievement. She has now made history, breaking the British record in the 200m. She was already the favourite after withdrawals from other prestigious competitors, but her time of 21.88 would have been fast enough to ensure a gold at 13 of the 17 editions of the World Championships – no easy feat.
Her hopes are that she will add the 4x100m relay to her 2 medals at Doha (the only to British medals), but the Tokyo 2020 Olympics are her ultimate goal.
We think she is one to watch and will have a fantastic career ahead of her!