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Dina Asher-Smith: 'I've still got to run faster'

FASTEST WOMAN: Dina Asher-Smith

DINA ASHER-SMITH was named BT Sport Action woman of the year this week but the national record holder says she’s under no illusions when it comes to her achievements.

Asher-Smith, who ended the season as joint-fastest woman in the world over 100m and set British records in both the 100m and 200m, has said while she is happy with her progress, she still has work to do.

She told Telegraph Sport: “I’m really happy and proud but I’m under no illusions. It was the Europeans - it wasn’t the Worlds, it wasn’t the Olympics,"

She added: “I’ve still got other girls in the world that are in front of me and and I have to run very fast to do well against them in Doha (World Championships 2019) and Tokyo (Olympics 2020) so obviously that’s what I’m working everyday towards.

“I do feel honoured to be recognised, but I’ve still got to run faster.”

The 23-year-old is acutely aware of how quickly things can change in athletics, regardless of whether you end the year at the top of your game.

She said: “It’s a very humbling sport, you really can’t afford to sit on your laurels. So life [since the Europeans] has been pretty much the same - my coach is still trying to work me into an early grave."

On Monday, Asher-Smith scooped the award for BT Sport Action Woman of the Year. She was up against Lizzy Yarnold, Fran Kirby, Georgia Hall, Vicky Holland, Lucy Bronze, Laura Kenny, Menna Fitzpatrick and Jen Kehoe.

Olympic hockey champion Kate Richardson-Walsh presented Asher-Smith with her award.

The annual ceremony celebrates the achievements of inspiring female athletes.

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