So dogged was Dina Asher-Smith’s pursuit of her first individual world medal that she refused to allow bread, sweets or wine to touch her lips for several months before arriving in Doha. Now, though, she can savour something even sweeter: a stunning 100m personal best, a new national record of 10.83sec and, most of all, a sparkling silver medal.
“I woke up with this intention and, when I stood on the line, I thought: ‘Right, this is your time’.” she said, beaming from ear to ear after finishing behind the legendary Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who blasted to victory in 10.71. “I would have loved to have won. But this is more than you can ask for in a world.”
The power of Asher-Smith’s smile as she spoke had enough megawatts to light up the Khalifa Stadium. The great tragedy was that barely a thousand spectators were there to witness it. It made a mockery of the decision to take these championships to Doha. What is the point of venturing into new territories when the response is such staggering apathy?
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