Dina Asher-Smith secures Olympic berth with victory in 100m practice | Athletics
Dina Asher-Smith destroyed her opponents – and made her dizzy – as she booked her place at the Olympics next month with a victory at the British 100m trials in Manchester.
As Asher-Smith crossed the finish line, the clock initially showed a time of 10.71 seconds, which would have been the second fastest time in the world this year. No wonder the crowd gasped – only for the time to be revised to 10.97 about 30 seconds later.
“If I’m being completely honest I have to admit that when I ran I did some things wrong,” said Asher-Smith, who finished a long way from Asha Philip, who was second in 11. , 16. “So when I crossed the line and saw the time, it was kind of like, ‘Wow, okay. “
“I know it wasn’t the perfect race, but a win is a win and I’m thrilled to be making it to the Olympics.”
Four women have run faster this year – American firecracker Sha’Carri Richardson and three Jamaicans, reigning Olympic 100m champion Elaine Thompson-Herah, world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Shericka Jackson.
However, Asher-Smith insists she doesn’t mind with the Tokyo Olympics in a month’s time. “I know I’m really, really, in good shape,” she said.
There was a shock in the men’s 100m final when favorite Zharnel Hughes was disqualified for a false start, leaving CJ Ujah on the way to victory in 10.05.
Hughes, the reigning European champion, will surely secure a discretionary place in the British squad for Tokyo when it is announced on Tuesday. However, the hopes of Reece Prescod, who once seemed destined for big things before injury intervened, turn around after finishing fifth in 10.33.
Meanwhile, as British athletics began to digest the news that Mo Farah would not be competing in Tokyo, her trainer, Gary Lough, defiantly insisted her man wasn’t done at the age of 38. years.
“It’s not one of those ‘expiration dates, you can’t do that anymore’,” Lough said after Farah finished 19 seconds off the 10,000m Olympic qualifying time in front of a crowd of a few. hundreds of people – and a few cardboard cutouts.
“And there is no way Mohamed Farah will end his career by running on the track here.”
Lough was equally adamant when asked if this could be Farah’s last race. “Do you think this was suitable for his last race? he has answered. “There are going to be some great conversations after this. But as to what’s next, honestly, I don’t know. There wasn’t really a Plan B – it was sort of a Plan B after the UK Trials in Birmingham and there is certainly no Plan C at the moment.
When asked if Farah really could have claimed a medal in Tokyo, Lough nodded. “That’s why it’s so devastating. The last two weeks of training show that he is still very capable, but he has received some difficult cards. He struggles in the cold.
“I feel stupid to say this because his last two performances have been very average.”
Farah denied appearing in I’m a celebrity… Get me out of here! November was a factor in his bad season. “Since then, I have had good training camps,” he said. “The training went well. The little problem from three weeks ago has been resolved. I had a good 10-day, 12-day internship at Font Romeu.
Holly Bradshaw has shown herself to be a true medal contender in Tokyo by breaking her British pole vault record with a clear 4.90m. “I feel like I’m in the best shape of my life,” said Bradshaw, who is now third in the world rankings. “I’m really glad it’s going. “
The best race of the second day of British practice was the men’s 1,500m when Josh Kerr defeated Jake Wightman after running the final 400m in 51 seconds.