Learn more about the gold medalist who has been dubbed Britain’s fastest woman ever. Dina Asher Smith is the record breaking GB Olympian with a stunning track-record of phenomenal times.
Taking on the 100m race today at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Dina Asher-Smith, 25, has gone from strength to strength in her running career.
Asher-Smith is hoping to become GB’s first female Olympic champion at both the 100m and 200m at this year’s Tokyo Olympics.
The love of running didn’t start naturally for Asher-Smith, who had to be bribed with ice cream in order to compete in her primary school sports day.
But her lack of enthusiasm didn’t last long, as she started smashing records – the Orpington sprinter began breaking records at the age of 13 when she ran a world best of 39.16 seconds in a 300m race.
Excelling her speed, in July 2015 she became the first British woman to run under 11 seconds in the 100m sprint race.
In the 2016 Rio Olympics she won bronze in the 100x4m relay race alongside teammates Asha Philip, Desiree Henry and Daryll Neita – beating a British record of 41.77 seconds.
A year later in 2017, she competed at the World Championships winning silver in the 4x100m relay race, despite breaking her foot just five months before.
Who is Dina Asher Smith?
Between competitions Asher-Smith studied history at King’s College London, finishing with a BA honours in 2017.
With a silver behind her back, Asher-Smith went for gold at the 2018 European Athletics Championships in Berlin, winning gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay.
Making history she became the first British woman to achieve this many awards at a major championship.
No stranger to a medal, Asher-Smith pushed herself further winning silver in 100m, gold in the 200m, and another silver in the 4x100m relay race at the 2019 World Championships.
Breaking records in the individual races she became the first British woman to win three medals at the Championships and the first to win gold in the 200m.
In today’s 100m she will be up against other world champions including Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce who has become the second quickest woman, with a best of 10.63 seconds.
When asked by the Guardian if she could make history at this year’s Olympics she replied “I’m in good shape, I’m actually in really, really good shape so I’m really excited”.
Adding “And I’m a championship performer.”
Hoping to bring both medals home for the 100m and 200m to become an Olympic champion Asher-Smith adds “I definitely have faster in me.
“I’m much, much stronger physically. I’ve been doing over 300 ab exercises in a training session. I’m much more technically proficient too.”