DINA’S DO­ING IT FOR THE FANS

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AF­TER achiev­ing her goal of a 150m

PB, Dina Asher-Smith ad­mit­ted she was ready for a well-de­served break. It has been quite some sea­son for the sprinter, who broke her foot in Fe­bru­ary but was de­ter­mined to re­turn for the sum­mer.

Com­pet­ing in front of home fans at the World Cham­pi­onships was one of the main mo­ti­vat­ing fac­tors and the 21-year-old ex­plained how end­ing such a sea­son at an event like the Ci­tyGames – with its unique spec­ta­tor ex­pe­ri­ence – fit­ted with her hopes for the year.

“This is the way that I would want to end a sea­son like this,” she had said ahead of the street ath­let­ics meet­ing.

“What kept me go­ing through­out the sea­son is the fact that we did have a home cham­pi­onships.

“This sea­son has been for the spec­ta­tors and just to end it in the same way is go­ing to be bril­liant.”

She ran 16.70 (-0.1) to im­prove on her PB of 16.82 from Manch­ester in 2015 and her fel­low Bri­ton Bianca Wil­liams was sec­ond in 17.00.

Dina Asher-Smith and Bianca Wil­liams bat­tle on the pop-up ath­let­ics track

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