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Dina Asher-Smith: British 100m report holder a ‘stronger athlete’ after Tokyo 2020 disappointment

Dina Asher-Smith says she is now a “stronger athlete” and can race in Might’s Birmingham Diamond League forward of defending her world and European titles this summer time.

The 26-year-old British 100m and 200m report holder’s hopes of Olympic glory at Tokyo 2020 had been scuppered by harm.

“That is behind me now and my focus is on the busy summer time forward,” she stated.

Asher-Smith is the present world 200m champion and reigning European champion within the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay.

“Final yr was stuffed with emotional ups and downs however I feel I am a stronger athlete now due to it,” Asher-Smith stated.

“I used to be in nice form early within the season and I used to be heartbroken not to have the ability to compete to my full potential in Tokyo, however I used to be additionally extremely proud to return residence with a relay medal and to complete my yr so strongly.”

The London-born sprinter was a part of the Staff GB quartet to say bronze within the 4x100m relay at Tokyo 2020 and Rio 2016.

Asher-Smith didn’t make the 100m last in Tokyo and withdrew from the 200m with a hamstring harm.

Her focus is now the 100m on the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham on 21 Might.

“I am trying ahead to returning to Birmingham for the primary time since 2019 and to kick-start my season in the absolute best manner – completely satisfied and with nice residence help,” added Asher-Smith.

She is going to defend her 200m title on the World Championships in Eugene within the US between 15-24 July, and her three European golds from 15-21 August at Munich Olympic Stadium.

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