Dina Asher-Smith

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Dina Asher-Smith
Dina Asher-Smith 60 Metres Podium Prague 2015.jpg
Personal information
Full name Geraldina Rachel Asher-Smith
Nationality British
Born (1995-12-04) 4 December 1995 (age 21)
Orpington, London, England
Height 1.64 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight 55 kg (121 lb)
Sport
Sport Track and Field
Event(s) 100 m, 200 m
Club Blackheath and Bromley Harriers Athletic Club
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 60 m: 7.08 (Prague, 2015)
100 m: 10.99 (NR) (London, 2015)
200 m: 22.07 (NR) (Beijing, 2015)

Dina Asher-Smith (born 4 December 1995) is a British sprinter who holds the British records for both the 100 metres and 200 metres. In the 4 x 100 metres relay, she won bronze medals at the 2016 Olympic Games and the 2013 World Championships. She is also the 2016 European Champion at 200 metres, the 2014 World Junior Champion at 100 metres, and the 2013 European Junior Champion at 200 metres.

Asher-Smith first broke the British 100 metres record with a time of 11.02 seconds on 24 May 2015 in Hengelo, before becoming the first ever British woman to run 100 metres in under 11 seconds, when she ran 10.99 at the London Anniversary Games on 25 July 2015.[1] When finishing fifth at the 2015 World Championships, she broke Kathy Cook's 31 year-old British record for the 200 metres, running 22.07 seconds. She also finished fifth in the 200 metres final at the 2016 Olympic Games.

Personal life[edit]

Asher-Smith was born in Orpington, London, England and from 2008–2014, she attended Newstead Wood School in Orpington. Asher-Smith's parents are Julie and Winston.

In August 2014, Asher-Smith's A-Level exam results allowed her entry into King's College London to study history; upon receiving the results, she called it "the best morning" of her life.[2][3] She is currently balancing her studies at King's College London and athletics.[4][5]

Career[edit]

Asher-Smith is a member of Blackheath and Bromley Harriers Athletic Club and is coached by John Blackie. In 2009, she ran the 300 metres in 39.16 sec to set the current World age 13 best.[6] She has won the English Schools Championships 200 m title as an Under 15 (2010), U17 (2011) and U20 (2013). She won the 2013 event in a time of 23.63 seconds into a strong headwind.[6] At the 2012 World Junior Championships she finished 7th in the 200 m final in a then personal best time of 23.50. She said afterwards that "I am elated to have made the final and achieve a PB in the process, and I'm looking ahead to next year in Italy."

In 2013, Asher-Smith won two gold medals at the European Junior Championships in Rieti, winning the 200 m in 23.29, before joining Yasmin Miller, Steffi Wilson and Desiree Henry to win the 4 × 100 m relay and break the UK junior record. She was the youngest athlete selected for the Great Britain and Northern Ireland Squad for the 2013 World Championships in Moscow and along with teammates Annabelle Lewis, Ashleigh Nelson and Hayley Jones, won the bronze medal in the 4 × 100 m relay. The British squad originally finished fourth in the final but were promoted to the bronze medal after the disqualification of the French team. Asher-Smith was shortlisted for the 2013 BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year.[7]

In 2014, Asher-Smith won the 100 metres at the World Junior Championships in Eugene, running 11.23 secs.

At the 2014 European Athletics Championships in Zurich, Asher-Smith qualified for the 200 m final but pulled up with a hamstring injury on the bend.

Asher-Smith took the silver medal at the 2015 European Athletics Indoor Championships for the 60 m. It was the first time in 30 years that a British female won a medal in the event. In doing so, she equalled Jeanette Kwakye's British record of 7.08 s and, being 19 years old, became the fastest ever teenager at 60 m.[8] She finished 5th in the 2015 IAAF World Athletic Championships in Beijing with a time of 22.07, a new British Record.

At the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Asher-Smith finished fifth in the 200 metres, in 22.31 seconds, before winning a bronze medal in the 4 x 100 metres relay in a British record of 41.77 seconds, along with her teammates Asha Philip, Desiree Henry and Daryll Neita.[9]

On 17 February 2017, Asher-Smith broke her foot in a training accident.[10]

Major competitive record[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Great Britain
2013 European Junior Championships Rieti, Italy 1st 200 m 23.29
1st 4 × 100 m relay 43.81 NJR
2014 World Junior Championships Eugene, United States 1st 100 m 11.23
European Championships Zürich, Switzerland 3rd (sf) 200 m 22.611
2015 European Indoor Championships Prague, Czech Republic 2nd 60 m 7.08 =NR
World Championships Beijing, China 5th 200 m 22.07 NR
2016 World Indoor Championships Portland, United States 6th (sf) 60 m 7.112
European Championships Amsterdam, Netherlands 1st 200 m 22.37
2nd 4 × 100 m relay 42.45
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 5th 200 m 22.31
3rd 4 × 100 m relay 41.77
2017 World Championships London, United Kingdom 4th 200 m 22.22
2nd 4 × 100 m relay 42.12

1Did not finish in the final
2Did not start in the final

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