In the final of the 200m women’s race at the World Athletics Championships held in Doha, Dina Asher-Smith won the Gold Medal for England and also became the first-ever British female sprinter to have the sprint tile in the world for the 200m final.
23 years old Asher-Smith was able to also set a new national record as he reached the finish line on the time of 21.88 seconds/ the silver meld went to Brittany Brown of the USA with Mujinga Kambundji of Switzerland taking home the bronze medal.
Before the finals of the 200m, Asher-Smith’s hope for winning the race was boosted as the opponent who won her 100m final earlier had decided to pull out of the 200m finals.
The absentees included some other great sprinters that could have been quite a challenge for Asher-Smith like Elaine Thompson; the Olympic Champion, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce; the 100m champion, Marie-Josee Ta Lou, bronze medalist of 100m, and Dafne Schippers; the defending champion from Denmark.
Asher-Smith is the only 7th sprinter from England to have won a gold medal.
She said, “when I woke up today, I knew I was tired and I also knew that today was my last individual chance and that this is the moment that I had done all the work for. This is what we knew we can achieve if the season went well. Thinking all this, the tiredness just all vanished. This win means so much to me as there are some many fans from England. I know a lot of British who live here in Doha. Still, a lot of them have traveled here just for, and my mom is also here and my dad John with his wife. This means so much to me.”
In only the last 18 months, Asher-Smith has become one of the best female sprinters in the world.