Games & medals
Rio de Janeiro 2016
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Dina ASHER-SMITH biography
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.
After being inspired to take athletics seriously when acting as a kit carrier at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Asher-Smith was focused on the 2017 World Championships, also held in the British capital. A cruel foot injury five months out appeared to have blown that plan apart, but the sprinter had other ideas, defying doctors’ predictions to finish fourth in the 200m and grab silver in the 4x100m relay.
It is an attitude she summed up neatly in the opening of a Ted Talk she gave in 2018: “I’m Dina Asher-Smith and I am motivated by a fear of failure,” said the athlete who already had a Rio 2016 4x100m relay bronze medal to her name. “OK, ‘motivated’ isn’t a strong enough word to express how I feel. It’s more like an allergy to me – an itching, nagging feeling deep inside of me that gives me the inability to be complacent about anything.”
Already a crossover star in Great Britain, Asher-Smith’s profile will jump to stratospheric levels should she return home from Tokyo in 2021 with an Olympic gold.