Manch­ester is on Dina’s road to Tokyo Olympics

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - ATH­LET­ICS

DINA Asher-Smith’s im­me­di­ate am­bi­tion for next year’s Olympics in the wake of her World Cham­pi­onships tri­umph is to ar­rive in Tokyo ‘fit and fast’.

Asher-Smith stormed to vic­tory in the 200m fi­nal in Doha in Oc­to­ber having al­ready won sil­ver in the 100m and she is the fastest woman in Bri­tish history af­ter set­ting na­tional records in both dis­tances.

But, for the moment, the 23-year-old Lon­doner is lim­it­ing her Olympic ob­jec­tives to en­sur­ing she has the best pos­si­ble chance of chal­leng­ing in Ja­pan.

“I’m re­ally, re­ally happy af­ter the worlds. I feel re­ally good, but now I’m back into train­ing six days a week and all eyes are firmly set on the

Olympics,” said Asher-Smith, who will be in action in the Bri­tish Cham­pi­onships at Manch­ester’s Re­gional Arena next year, which dou­bles up as the Olympic tri­als.

“There are so many things to do and qual­ify for be­fore we get there. I’d like to get there fit and fast. It’s a long way away so I’m hop­ing just to be able to train and get there in a good po­si­tion.

“I’m just rolling with it all at the moment, I haven’t re­ally taken it in yet but that’s be­cause we’re al­ways look­ing to­wards the next week.”

Asher-Smith took a break from the sport af­ter de­part­ing Doha as the new poster girl of Bri­tish ath­let­ics.

“I went on hol­i­day to Mauritius with friends. I had some nice time on the beach and did loads of stuff with my friends, the kind of stuff I can’t do nor­mally as an ath­lete,” she said.

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