Time for Dina Asher-Smith to find out whether her best is still good enough

It could be a shock if she didn’t decrease that mark and her nationwide 200m document this summer time. The unknown is whether that may even be good enough for a world medal in a crowded area.

So astonishing have the performances of the Jamaican duo Elaine Thompson-Herah and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce been in current seasons that discuss has more and more centred on Florence Griffith-Joyner’s world information which have stood since 1988 and had been lengthy seen as untouchable.

Thompson-Herah withdrew from Saturday’s meet due to “discomfort in training” earlier this week, however Asher-Smith will still face Olympic bronze medalists Shericka Jackson and Gabby Thomas, each of whom beat her over 200m ultimately week’s Doha Diamond League. This time battle recommences over 100m.

Asked in regards to the prospect of doubtless operating sooner than she ever has, however still not managing to make the world podium this summer time, Asher-Smith was unequivocal that medals, quite than occasions, are her objective.

“I don’t think it would be mixed emotions because I would always aim to get on the podium,” she mentioned.

“British records are great, but it’s the global stage that I want to be doing stuff on. Records are lovely, but that isn’t ever my priority coming into a championship. It’s to be successful.”

With supremely quick dash occasions turning into an everyday incidence globally – five-time Olympic champion Thompson-Herah clocked 10.54 seconds and 21.53sec for the 100m and 200m respectively final year – Asher-Smith urged Griffith-Joyner’s 10.49sec and 21.34sec world information are in peril.

“I think so, definitely given the advantages of shoe technology and the increase of track technology,” she mentioned. “We shouldn’t put limits on ourselves. Everything seems impossible until it’s done.”

This is crucial summer time for Asher-Smith and her fellow British athletes for the reason that London World Championships in 2017, with a triple header of World Championships, house Commonwealth Games and European Championships offering unprecedented alternative for publicity.

A wholesome medal haul from the likes of Asher-Smith, Keely Hodgkinson, Josh Kerr, Laura Muir, Holly Bradshaw and Katarina Johnson-Thompson, all of whom have made world podiums, can present a wave for the game in Britain to experience for years.

Big names should not in brief provide on Saturday on the first main occasion to be held on the Alexander Stadium, which has been renovated at a value of £72 million for the Commonwealth Games.

Muir takes on coaching associate Jemma Reekie over 1,500m, whereas Kerr, who competes sparingly, faces a tricky area over the identical distance in solely the second Diamond League look of his career.

There may even be a primary look of a British males’s 4x100m crew since they had been stripped of Olympic silver on the Tokyo Games following CJ Ujah’s optimistic medication check. Ujah stays provisionally banned whereas awaiting sanction.

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