Becoming the first British female sprinter in the World Athletics Championship, Doha, was a dream come true for the fast runner of UK, Dina Asher Smith.
Moving a bit up from her previous record at the European Championships in Berlin 14 months ago, Asher Smith crossed the line at 21.88 sec bagging a gold for her country.
The competition in the 200 m race eased a bit when Dafne Schippers and Olympic Champion Elaine Thompson got side lined because of injuries. Even though World Leader Shaunae Miller-Uibo participated only in the 400m in Doha, thereby further reducing competition for Dina Asher Smith, we cannot deny the fact that she came prepared to fight the battle.
After Linford Christie at Stuttgart 1993, Asher Smith is the first Briton to win a World or Olympic sprint title. Speaking of her preparation Dina said, “I woke up today thinking, ‘This is it. This is the moment you did all your work for’. The tiredness disappeared.” She added, “[My coach] John [Blackie] and I knew I could do it, it means so much.”
After getting the gold medal title, Dina was extremely emotional. She said, “Normally I am so chatty and full of energy, but I am lost for words. Everybody keeps saying world champion, world title, but it hasn’t sunk in and honestly I don’t think it ever will. I have dreamed of this and now it’s real.”
With tears in her eyes, Dina embraced her mother post her outstanding win.
Other exceptional performers at the World Athletics Championship 200m race include Brittany Brown who won silver at 22.22 and Mujinga Kambundji who bagged a bronze medal in 22.51 making Switzerland proud of her achievement.
The success achieved in the 200m race is a stepping stone to help her achieve her ultimate goal of successfully winning at the Olympics in Tokyo 2020.
Dina Asher Smith has received untethered support from her coach John Blackie since the age of eight. Partnership between the two stemmed when Blackie spotted her capability at the Blackheath and Bromley Athletics Club. Their collaboration has helped Dina win various titles in the junior category at European and world level.
Praising Dina Smith for her success, her fellow sprinter Adam Gemili tweeted that he was proud of his “little egg!”
Prior to Dina Smith, Paula Redcliffe, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Christine Ohuruogu have also won the world individual title.