Asher-Smith makes history at Anniversary Games

Asher-Smith makes history at Anniversary Games

25 July 2015 / 17:09
From kit girl to golden girl, Dina Asher Smith made British sprinting history at the Anniversary Games in London.

Three years after she carried athletes' trainers and tracksuits at London 2012, she became the first British woman to dip below 11 seconds for the 100m at the same Olympic Stadium.

She set her time of 10.99 seconds in the heats and then ran 11.06 secs in the final to finish fourth as Holland's Dafne Schippers clocked 10.92 secs to also set a national record.

"I’m absolutely thrilled to be in the ten seconds now," she said.

"I felt like I was in good shape, but being in good shape and actually doing it out there are two completely different things.

"So when I crossed the line and saw the time I was just beaming, and I’m really, really happy with that.

"I’m telling the truth when I say I’m not thinking about times and just wanting to execute races as well as I can, getting out well and maintaining it until the end.

"I felt comfortable out there and I wasn’t too nervous but I’ve still got some work to do from here. I really don’t know how much faster I can run, but there are bits of each race that I know I can work on."

And there was also a British record for long jumper Shara Proctor, who believes it will only be a matter of time before she leaps beyond seven metres.

She soared to 6.98m to win the IAAF Diamond League event, which means she will arrive at next month's World Championships in Beijing ranked third in the world, behind American Tianna Bartoletta and Canada's Christine Nettey.

However, she was quick to anchor her feet back to the ground – as she looks to become the first British woman to win a world field event since Fatima Whitbread took javelin gold in 1987.

"I really didn’t see this coming. I had surgery last year and was on crutches, so I really didn't expect to be this strong and ready for Beijing," she said.

"I don’t remember anything about the jump to be honest. I just blacked out once I started, and all I remember is getting out of the pit, seeing 6.98 on the board and being so excited.

"I’m just really happy to be here, and taking my time in training, and getting my mind right for the World Championships. This kind of jump is a huge confidence booster, but I don’t want to get ahead of myself and caught up in all the hype.

"So I’ll just stay focused and know what my goal is, I’m not going to get caught up thinking about medals and stuff like that. Obviously seven metres is definitely possible for me, I just have to get absolutely everything together on one particular day.

"If I make a couple of little tweaks, I’ll be there I’m sure."

However, there was disappointment for Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford, who finished third in the men's long jump, won by American Marquis Dendy.

"I’m not massively happy with that as I came out here to try and win. I had a bit of a problem with my first three jumps and sadly could not quite get them in," he said.

"So I’m a bit frustrated with that as I seemed to tire out a bit after those three. I feel like if I had got those in I would have put myself in a better position, but such is life.

"Every major competition I want to win. I know a lot of people are talking about doing the quadruple at the Worlds and holding all titles, but I’m just taking each competition as it comes."

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