Dina Asher-Smith: British star admits 100m result ‘sucks’ in honest interview

Dina Asher-Smith

Dina Asher-Smith ran one of the fastest races of her career in the 100m final at the World Athletics Championships but was still left heartbroken after finishing fourth. 

Asher-Smith ran a 10.83, equalling her British record and once again her affirming her status as the fastest British woman in history. 

Yet, this was not enough to finish on the podium as the Jamaican trio of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Shericka Jackson and Elaine Thompson-Herah finished first, second and third respectively.

Asher-Smith gutted at result

Speaking to the BBC after the race, the 26-year-old Brit was honest in her assessment of the result. 

“It sucks,” she admitted, before adding: “So close… 10.8 low doesn’t get you a medal, that’s crazy.” 

Later on, she reflected further and said: “This performance is phenomenal for me and I’ve had a fantastic championships. I really couldn’t fault it but I’m so gutted that it didn’t get me on the podium. I was so close. But that’s just champs. I’m upset.

“It’s been an interesting season for me so far. I’ve been in physical shape for a bit but I’ve had some life things that I’ll probably talk about more after the 200m.

“I needed to make sure my mind was actually in the race rather than with my family or here. I’m happy that I was able to push out the performances that I know I was capable of.

“We’re looking to keep going faster throughout the summer into Commonwealths and Europeans. But I definitely came here with an eye to get onto the podium.”

Despite the result, Asher-Smith still has the 200m to look forward to –– an event she has specialised in over the years. 

Dina Asher-Smith

Fraser-Pryce wins again 

While it was heartbreak for Asher-Smith, it was jubilation for Fraser-Pryce, who won a record fifth world 100m title. 

The 35-year-old proved that age is just a number as she ran a championship record time of 10.67 seconds. 

Fraser-Pryce has now won 12 World Championship medals in total, 10 of which have been gold. 

With compatriots Jackson and Thompson-Herah claiming silver and bronze, it is the first time a nation has taken a clean sweep of the women’s 100m medals at a World Championships. 

“I feel blessed to have this talent and to continue to do it at 35, having a baby, still going, and hopefully inspiring women that they can make their own journey,” said Fraser-Pryce.

“I can’t even imagine the amount of times I’ve had setbacks and I’ve bounced back and I’m here again.

“I continue to remind myself that sometimes it’s not because you don’t have the ability but it’s the right time. It was the right time and I’m so, so grateful for the continuous support.

“This is the third one-two-three that I’ve been a part of and I’m so excited. I was able to come away with the win.”

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