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Added on: 11th August, 2017 by O1
Orpington's Dina Asher-Smith produced an awesome performance in Friday's 200m Final to finish fourth in the London World Athletics Championships.
After a fantastic start to the race, Dina blazed around the corner and was able to maintain speed, closing the gap on gold medal winning Daphne Schippers and finishing a fraction away from a medal.
Asher-Smith, who holds the British Record for both 100m and 200m, achieved a season's best and finished narrowly outisde the top three despite coming back from injury, having broken her foot earlier this year.
Talking to the BBC, Dina said, "to see I missed out on a bronze like that, I am frustrated but, I'm quite happy to have run that fast having broken my foot this year."
"To run 22.2 is faster than I ran last season and close to my PB so I am over the moon."
Speaking after the women's 200m final, thirteen-time Olympic and World Championship Gold medalist, Michael Johnson said, "An amazing race. We knew Dina Asher-Smith was going to get out quickly. She ran the right type of race. A fantastic race for her."
Already an Olympic bronze medalist, Dina, who grew up in Orpington attending Newstead Wood School, is the most recent of a number of the London 2017 GB team to come so close to finishing in a podium posititon.
"We've have had a lot of fourth places but they've come from young people who will be at many championships to come" said Dina.
Former British athlete and two-time world 110m hurdles champion Colin Jackson said,"Dina Asher-Smith is something incredible. The amount she has had to battle, both mentally and physically, is unbelievable... 22.22 seconds! I cannot describe to everybody how impressive that was."
Dina Asher-Smith's awesome performance at the London 2017 World Athletics Championships, along with her charm and grace, has won her plaudits from across the sporting community and the hearts of the nation.
Many have noted what a positive role model she is, with the BBC's Gaby Logan tipping her as a future GB captain.
Congratulations, Dina. Orpington is truly proud.
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