Asher-Smith vows to do fans proud at Olympic Stadium

Asher-Smith vows to do fans proud at Olympic Stadium

22 July 2015 / 16:58

From being a box carrier on Super Saturday to being Britain’s fastest woman – Dina Asher-Smith has had a rollercoaster ride over the last few years.

This weekend the 19-year-old comes full circle as she lines up at the Olympic Stadium for the Anniversary Games.

Asher-Smith will contest the 100m and the 4x100m at the Games and is looking to build on what has already been an incredible year.

First came silver in the 60m at the European Indoor Championships in Prague and then a new British 100m record when she clocked 11.02 seconds at the World Challenge Meeting in the Netherlands.

And she says she is looking forward to feeling the atmosphere of a packed Olympic Stadium and hopes to put on a show for the home crowd.

“I remember watching Adam (Gemili) at the Olympics and when his face popped up on the screen the crowd went absolutely insane,” she told British Athletics.

“When people cheer when your name is called out, it’s really heart-warming. When you have the crowd behind you, you want to do them proud.

“I’ve been in good shape all season but it does still come down to how you do on the day, and how you execute your race.

“I was fortunate enough to be a box carrier (at the Olympics in 2012) and I did it on Super Saturday so saw Jess (Ennis-Hill), Greg (Rutherford) and Mo (Farah) do absolutely amazing.

“It really did inspire me to see how much people want British athletes to do well.

“It’s going to be absolutely amazing to be back in the Olympic stadium and I really hope I do everybody proud.

“It’s not daunting at all, it’s a unique opportunity for us British athletes to utilise the atmosphere that the stadium provides.

“It’s not often you get to run there and I hope it will be absolutely packed. I’m hoping we get that little extra cheer as we are British and are in London. I just can’t wait.”

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