Dina Asher-Smith’s battle for 200m glory at Tokyo 2020 with Bahamian Shaunae Miller-Uibo and Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is set to be one of the highlights of the Games.
All three are proven championship performers and while reigning Olympic 400m gold medallist Miller-Uibo and double 100m sprint champion Fraser-Pryce can claim the greater pedigree, Asher-Smith may just be timing her run to perfection.
Late in 2019 Asher-Smith confirmed Great Britain had a genuine female global sprint star. First she recorded a personal best and a new national record in the women’s 100m final at the 2019 World Championships, finishing behind only the legendary Fraser-Pryce. Asher-Smith then returned to the Doha tracks days later to storm to 200m gold, smashing another British record in the process. Another silver followed in the 4x100m relay, making the 24-year-old the first Briton to win three medals at a World Championships. All that came on top of a golden sprint triple at the European Championships a year earlier.
“When I was eight, I was asked what I wanted to be. I said: ‘an Olympian’.””
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