Olympic24: Asher-Smith becomes fastest British woman ever

Olympic24: Asher-Smith becomes fastest British woman ever

25 May 2015 / 09:46

Dina Asher-Smith becomes the fastest British woman of all-time and Andy Murray readies himself for French Open bid. Here's our review of the last 24 hours:

  • New national 100m record for Dina Asher-Smith
  • Tom Daley takes World Diving Series bronze in Canada
  • Andy Murray and four other Brits all in action today at French Open
  • Boxer Muhammad Ali talks European Games in a Team GB Exclusive
  • Over 100 British Olympians compete in London 2012 legacy event

Asher-Smith eyes 11 second barrier after British record

Dina Asher Smith became the fastest British woman of all-time - and immediately vowed to go quicker.

The 19-year old stormed to a national 100m record in 11.02 seconds at a World Challenge Meeting in Holland.

It erased Montell Douglas's previous best of 11.05 secs from the record books and Asher-Smith believes it's only a matter of time before she goes below 11 seconds.

"I think it being May is hopefully a good point for me to go faster later in the season," said Asher-Smith, who is a former world junior champion and won 60m silver at this year's European Indoor Championships.

"I was absolutely over the moon. I really wasn't expecting to run that time with the kind of race that I ran so I was really happy.

"I've got a few things to work on so I think that points to me being able to replicate and do a bit better later in the season.

"It went in a bit of a blur. I remember finishing and I wasn’t completely happy with it because my start was alright but it wasn’t as good as it was in Manchester and in the end bit I felt like I tightened up and lost my form."

Three years ago Great Britain failed to qualify a women's 4x100m team to the London 2012 but encouragingly a host of sprinting talent is now breaking through alongside Asher-Smith.

Asha Philip ran a 11.10 sec personal best to set the third fastest time by a British woman in Hengelo.

Daley second in World Series rankings after Canada bronze

Tom Daley claimed another 10m platform bronze at the Diving World Series in Canada.

China's Yang Jian and Lin Yue took the top two positions but former world champion Daley scored 511.50 across his six dives to complete the podium.

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Murray ready to start French Open campaign on Manic Monday for Brits in Paris

Andy Murray famously ended a 77-year wait for a British men's winner at Wimbledon - but it's eight decades and counting since Fred Perry won at Roland Garros.

Perry claimed the French Open in 1935 and there hasn't even been a British men's finalist since Bunny Austin two years later - another piece of history Murray is determined to relegate to the pages of now very dusty books.

"Of course it will be very tough to win but the last few weeks have certainly helped my confidence," said Murray, who faces Argentinian lucky loser Facundo Argüello in the first round on Monday.

All five British players involved in the first round draw are in action at Roland Garros on a manic Monday.

Murray is last on the Philippe Chatrier Court while British women's number one Heather Watson's match with France's Mathilde Johansson is last on court two.

Newly-qualified British player Aljaz Bedene will play second on court five against Austria's Dominic Thiem but they'll be long waits for qualifiers Johanna Konta and Kyle Edmund to get involved.

Both are last on court five and seven respectively for matches against Czech Republic's Denisa Allertova and France's Stephane Robert.

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Ali excited about Baku and European Games

Muhammad Ali has only had a handful of senior fights but admits experience will be no excuse for failing to perform in Baku next month.

Ali secured Team GB's flyweight selection for the forthcoming European Games, where he hopes to underline his rising star status and, possibly, mark selectors' cards on the road to Rio.

"When I was starting out I didn’t expect to achieve half as much as I already have, now I am focused on getting the big wins," Ali told TeamGB.com.

"I’m just going to be very excited when it comes round to competing in Baku but I don’t tend to get nervous in the ring.

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Cram leads home British Olympians in Westminster

Steve Cram rolled back the years to lead home over 100 British Olympians in a special mile race in Westminster.

Bill Lucas, Britain’s oldest Olympian, who competed in the 5000m at the 1948 Olympics, started the race in which athletes from a range of sports and from a host of Games competed in their old kit.

Some members of the 1988 Olympic gold medal winning hockey team even ran with their sticks.

Among the other Olympic champions in the race were 1984 figure skating gold medallist Robin Cousins and Denise Lewis, who won heptathlon gold 15 years ago in Sydney.

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