Dina Asher-Smith produced the best 100m performance of her life in becoming the first British woman to win a World Athletics Championships sprint medal in 36 years on Sunday night.
The double Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth medallist set a new British record of 10.83 in Doha to finish behind Jamaica’s former Olympic champion Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce.
Speaking to British Athletics after the race, Asher-Smith said: “I have worked so hard for these championships. I’ve worked so hard to this point in my career. Hopefully I’ll go on to do even bigger things, but I was thinking on the line, this is your time to go. I’m really pleased to come away with a PB and national record. That is more than you could ever ask for in a world final.”
Asher-Smith is the first British woman to claim a place on the podium for a sprint event since Kathy Cook’s 200m bronze in Helsinki in 1983. She will now turn her attention to the 200m, before ending her championships with the 4x100m relay.
Elsewhere, Team England’s Gold Coast 2018 pole vaulter Holly Bradshaw finished just outside of the medals in fourth, while Adam Gemili and Zharnel Hughes qualified for their 200m semi-finals. Hughes advanced to the 100m final on Saturday night, crossing the line sixth in 10.03.
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Team England’s 2014 Commonwealth gold medallist Lizzie Deignan led the peloton at one stage of her home race in Yorkshire on Saturday, but the former world champion finished 31st as Dutch rider Annemiek van Vleuten won the title.
Sunday’s men’s event was held in horrendous conditions, with former Commonwealth Youth Games champion Ian Stannard among a large contingent to withdraw during the race, which was won by Denmark’s Mads Pedersen.