Dina Asher-Smith destroyed her opponents – and turned the corner – as she reserved her place at the Olympics next month with a victory in the British 100m trials in Manchester.
As Asher-Smith crossed the finish line, the clock initially showed a time of 10.71 seconds, which would have been the second fastest time in the world this year. No wonder the crowd gasped – only for the time to be revised to 10.97 about 30 seconds later.
“If I’m being completely honest I have to admit that when I ran I did some things wrong,” said Asher-Smith, who finished a long way from Asha Philip, who was second in 11. , 16. “So when I crossed the line and saw the time, it was kind of like, ‘Wow, okay. “
“I know it wasn’t the perfect race, but a win is a win and I’m thrilled to make it to the Olympics. “
Four women have run faster this year – American firecracker Sha’Carri Richardson and three Jamaicans, reigning Olympic 100m champion Elaine Thompson-Herah, world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Shericka Jackson.
However, Asher-Smith insists she doesn’t mind with the Tokyo Olympics in a month’s time. “I know I’m really, really, in good shape,” she said.
There was a shock in the men’s 100m final when favorite Zharnel Hughes was disqualified for a false start, leaving CJ Ujah on the way to victory in 10.05.
Hughes, the reigning European champion, will surely secure a discretionary place in the British squad for Tokyo when it is announced on Tuesday. However, the hopes of Reece Prescod, who once seemed destined for big things before injury intervened, turn around after finishing fifth in 10.33.
Holly Bradshaw has shown that she is a real medal contender in Tokyo by breaking her British pole vault record with a clear 4.90m. “I feel like I’m in the best shape of my life,” said Bradshaw, who is now third in the world rankings. “I’m really glad it’s going. “
The best race of the second day of British practice was the men’s 1,500m when Josh Kerr defeated Jake Wightman after running the final 400m in 51 seconds.