WORK TO DO: Dina Asher-Smith
THE GOLDEN girl of British sprinting, Dina Asher-Smith, has qualified for tomorrow night’s World Athletics Championships 200m final. The Briton registered a season’s best time of 22.73seconds to come second in her heat.
She will now be hoping that she can get among the medals Friday evening (August 11). What has made this achievement more remarkable is that Asher-Smith missed part of the season due to a broken foot. She said: “There was stuff I was doing in that race that I wasn’t too happy with, especially my straight, but I can work on that.
“I completely broke my foot, had to have surgery to put two screws in and then spent six weeks putting no weight on it. For three months I was completely unable to walk, then I learnt to walk, run, jog under water, and here we are. I wouldn’t recommend it. It’s no fun.
“Running a quicker time than I did here (22.73 SB) would be good in the final. That time for me isn’t particularly great, but in the context it is. I’d love to get in the mix a bit, but we’ll see.”
Ivorian and silver medallist in the 100m Marie-Josee Ta Lou won the race in 22.73 seconds and will be a genuine contender to win gold in the longer sprint. She said: “It was just good. I wasn’t 100 per cent so I know I need more tomorrow for sure.
“If god gives me bronze, I will cherish it. If it is silver, that would be great. But the gold is most important for me. That is what I have been training for.”