Dina Asher-Smith issues a warning to her 100m medal competitors ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Dina Asher-Smith, a British Olympian, has a chance to win three gold in Tokyo 2020.
Dina Asher-Smith didn’t have the fastest speeds in her 100m heats in Tokyo on Friday, but she’s cool and convinced that she has “another level” to find before Saturday’s finals. The Blackheath & Bromley track star has been dubbed Britain’s “golden girl” for this summer’s Olympics.
She is a strong medal candidate in both the 100m and 200m at the Olympics, holding the British records in both events.
Only two years ago, at the 2019 World Championships, Asher-Smith won the 200m world title and finished second in the 100m race, barely behind Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.
On Saturday, the Jamaican sprint sensation is the favorite to win gold in the 100m, and she demonstrated her pace with a spectacular time of 10.84 while plainly slowing down before the finish line.
Elaine Thompson-Herah and Marie-Josee Ta Lou, for example, both ran fast times.
In all seven heats, Asher-performance Smith’s of 11.04 was just the joint-11th quickest.
On Saturday, the British Olympian will compete in a semi-final with Thompson-Herah, Blessing Okagbare, and Ajla del Ponte, which means a faster time will almost probably be required.
In order to compete in the final, Asher-Smith may have to beat her personal best of 10.83.
However, the 25-year-old is unconcerned by her time in the heats, claiming that she has more to give on Saturday.
Asher-Smith admitted, “I do have another level – of course I do, it’s the Olympics.”
“To be honest, today was all about getting to the next round safely but still knowing that I have another level to give tomorrow, so I’m extremely delighted.
“You’re attempting to go out and do well. As an athlete, you enjoy a packed stadium and cheering fans, but it is what it is, and you still have a job to do.” There were also strong performances by Asha Philip and Daryll Neita, who both advanced to the 100m semi-finals.
Neita ran a personal best of 10.96 and will compete in the same semi-final as Fraser-Pryce, giving her a strong chance to advance to the final.
Philip, on the other hand, faces a difficult assignment in order to qualify for the medal race. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”