Sprint queen Dina’s great expectations

Great Briton eyes medals at upcoming World Championships

EURO STAR: Dina Asher-Smith

GREAT BRITON Dina Asher-Smith has great expectations for the World Athletics Championships which begin on Friday.

Asher-Smith, is hopeful of medals in both the 100m and 200m with the longer event her most realistic chance of glory in Doha.

The triple European champion, still only 23, said of her prospects: “You can always try and predict these things but that is why I love track and field. It is so hard to, hand on heart, predict races.

“The world championships is going to be the first time where we see everybody with nowhere to hide.

“At the last world championships you had people not running to their fullest potential, it was raining – people couldn’t handle that, hopefully we won’t have rain in Qatar, if that happens I’ll be very surprised – so hand on heart I don’t know.

“You have got who you want to win and you have got who you think will win but often what happens on the day, you actually never know.”

The young sprinter, with surely the best of her career still to come, will be hoping to be in Sunday’s 100m final.

Less than 24 hours later the 200m heats get underway.

“I have been preparing and that is why the decision to double up isn’t one that I have taken lightly, it’s not a flippant decision, it is something we have been working towards for the past two years.”

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