Tokyo 2020: Dina Asher-Smith prepares for Olympics with British championship success

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Tokyo 2020: Dina Asher-Smith prepares for Olympics with British championship success


Dina Asher-Smith celebrates after winning the 100m final

Dina Asher-Smith says she remains unfazed by her Olympic rivals after winning the British 100m title.

The 25-year-old took the crown in 10.97 seconds at the British Athletics Championships in Manchester.

200m world champion Asher-Smith set a new championship record with a dominant run of 10.91 seconds in the semifinals.

She will travel to the Tokyo Games next month with 100m favorite Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who earlier this month set a world record of 10.63 seconds and won Jamaica’s Olympic Trials in 10.71 seconds Friday.

Asher-Smith said: “I’m in great shape, I know we all run on different continents and under different conditions, but when you all meet, that’s what really matters.

“That (seeing other races) gives you indicators of where you are and what you can do, but the real test is when you’re all together and how you’re performing under the circumstances.

“I have more speed in me. I am in good shape. I am a champion. ”

Asher-Smith (right) won the crown in 10.97 seconds

The trackside timekeeper initially clocked his last run at 10.71 seconds – a new UK record – but was quickly replaced by his official time.

“There are some things that I did wrong, so when I crossed the finish line I was like, ‘wow, okay,’ Asher-Smith said.

“Maybe I can go a lot faster because it wasn’t the perfect race, so I’m not entirely surprised that the time was not 10.71, but a win is a win in the Olympic trials. “

Asha Philip and Daryll Neita finished second and third respectively, but Asher-Smith highlighted his dominance over British rivals ahead of the Olympics start next month.

CJ Ujah qualified for the Olympics by winning the men’s 100m title in 10.05 seconds after European champion Zharnel Hughes was disqualified for a false start.

Holly Bradshaw broke her own UK record at 4.90m to win the pole vault title

Holly Bradshaw broke her own UK record at 4.90m to win the pole vault title

Andrew Pozzi was third in the 110m hurdles after crossing the eighth hurdle, but he will still fly to Tokyo as he has time to qualify. Tade Ojora took the victory.

Pozzi said: “I lost my rhythm and I haven’t found it. I was very close to the hurdles at the start and it was a bad descent. “

Earlier, Laura Muir qualified for the 800m final on Sunday with a comfortable race.

Muir, four-time European indoor champion who already has the Olympic qualification criteria, won her race in 2 minutes 05.41 seconds.

The 28-year-old also confirmed for the first time that she will run both the 800m and the 1500m in Tokyo.

She said: “I wanted to see how I ran the 800m. I’m really happy with that and how I was ranking against other girls in the world. I am very well ranked.

“I think I can do this Olympic 800m final and once there anything can happen.

“So rather than putting all the eggs in one basket, I prefer to spread them out a bit. The schedule works in Tokyo. I know I am strong. I know I can overtake. I know I am good at both events. So I might as well do it.

Training partner Jemma Reekie also reached the final, winning her race in 02: 01.46.

Elliot Giles, who set a new British 800m record in Poland earlier this year, ran 01: 47.28 to advance to Sunday’s men’s final.

Jessica Turner won the women’s 400m hurdles title and reserved her place in the GB team.

Holly Bradshaw broke her own British record at 4.90m to win the pole vault title.

Josh Kerr won the men’s 1,500m and Laurence Okoye won the discus title with a throw of 61.71m.

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