Smiling Asher-Smith delivers again with another record

Smiling Asher-Smith delivers again with another record

05 July 2015 / 20:42

Dina Asher Smith is the girl who just can't stop smiling, winning and breaking records.

It's been a memorable few weeks for the teenager, who beat the British 100m record in May and claimed the British title in a 11.08 second championship record.

Asher-Smith's sprinting prowess and sunny disposition made her one of the most popular winners at the British Championships in Birmingham.

And she now heads to the World Championships in Beijing thinking anything is possible.

"I'm absolutely over the moon about being British champion," said Asher-Smith.

"It is one of those things you always want to be but until you get out there and do it you can’t say you are.  In my first British outdoor season to get a British record is out of this world. The sun even popped out for my final which lifted all the girls.  

"I have worked really really hard and am confident about my shape going forward. I would have liked to get a personal best but in the conditions, I'm just happy to win."

Asher-Smith will also be one of the star home attractions at the Anniversary Games at London's Olympic Stadium later this month, in what will be her first race on the storied track.

"I'm so so excited about London and being in the Olympic Stadium, for me it is one of those iconic venues and I'm really, really fortunate to have the opportunity," she added.

"It is amazing to have booked my place on the plane for Beijing.  It is a weight of my shoulders and I'm happy to have done that.  I can now just enjoy the next races before the World Championships. I never know what I am capable of but I'm just going to go out and execute my races and if that comes in the form of times that is great."

Chijindu Ujah claimed the men's 100m title for the first time, securing the selection standard as he clocked 10.10 secs to finish ahead of James Dasaolu.

And Ujah claims he's learned from his high-profile false start at the European Indoor Championships in Prague earlier this year. 

"Everyone has been telling me to keep my head and hopefully this will be a stepping stone towards World Championships," he said.

"I really wanted both the indoor and outdoor British titles this year and to come out and do both of them this year at the age of 21 is good and I can build on this now."   

Meanwhile, Olympic champion Greg Rutherford believes he will be the man to beat in Beijing after a best effort of 8.11 metres secured him another British title, although he also admitted his performance was a little 'flat'.

"Recently the Diamond Leagues have given me a lot of confidence – I’ve dealt with the pressure and come away with the win," he said.

"To jump and win with another qualifying mark is great. Heading towards the World Championships I have to be a lot better and replicate what I was doing in Oslo – if I do that I think I will put myself in a position to finally win that title. 

"I want to do something going into the World Championships thinking ‘that’s the guy to beat’."

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