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Dina Asher-Smith: 'I look up to people like Michelle Obama'

MOTIVATED: Dina Asher-Smith looks up to Michelle Obama

DINA ASHER-SMITH has revealed that Michelle Obama’s memoir is helping her get ready for the upcoming pressure of preparing and competing in the Olympics.

The sprinter has had an incredible 2018 – which included her becoming the first Briton to ever win three gold medals at the European Championships – but not one to rest on her laurels, Asher-Smith is determined to run even faster in 2019 and beyond.

The 23-year-old has been reading in order to relax in the lead up to a very busy season.

She said: “I also got Becoming by Michelle Obama. You have to admire anyone like her. I can maybe take a parallel in her experience from Jess Ennis, who was the poster girl of the Olympics. She managed to keep her poise and cool. And you look at Michelle Obama, being in the White House for eight years, but coming out with her head held high and a strong sense of who she is.

“I find it strange people see me as a role model. I think, ‘Why me? I’m just normal’. So I look up to people like Michelle Obama and these fantastic women. That people might think of me like that is strange, but you can only learn from people who’ve been there and done it.”

As well as the former first lady, Asher-Smith also looks up to Ennis and Christine Ohuruogo, both of whom she turns to for advice.

Asher-Smith, the current British record-holder in the 100m and 200m, was one of the contender’s for last night’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award. She made the top six shortlist.

In a tweet, she said: “Wow! What an honour to make the top six of BBC’s Sports Personality! To be lined up next to some of the biggest names and most talented athletes in British sport was incredible and didn’t even feel real at the time.”

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