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Dina Asher-Smith
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Asher-Smith at the 2018 European Championships
Personal information
Full name Geraldina Asher-Smith
Nationality British
Born 4 December 1995 (1995-12-04) (age 25)
Orpington, Greater London, England
Alma mater King's College London
Height 1.64 m
Weight 58 kg
Sport
Country Great Britain
Sport Women's athletics
Event(s) Sprint
Club Blackheath and Bromley Harriers Athletic Club
Coached by John Blackie
Achievements and titles
World finals
  • 2013
  • 4×100 m, 33 Bronze
  • 2015
  • 200 m, 5th
  • 4×100 m, 4th
  • 2017
  • 200 m, 4th
  • 4×100 m, 22 Silver
  • 2019
  • 100 m, 22 Silver
  • 200 m, 11 Gold
  • 4×100 m, 22 Silver
Olympic finals
  • 2016
  • 200 m, 5th
  • 4×100 m, 33 Bronze
  • 2020
  • 4×100 m, 33 Bronze
Personal best(s)
  • 100 m: 10.83 NR (Doha 2019)
  • 200 m: 21.88 NR (Doha 2019)

Geraldina “Dina” Asher-Smith() (born 4 December 1995) is a British sprinter. She is the fastest British woman in recorded history and has been listed in the Powerlist as one of the UK's most influential people of African/African Caribbean descent, most recently in the 2021 edition. Asher-Smith has won a gold medal in the 200 m, silver in the 100 m, and another silver in the 4×100 m relay at the 2019 World Championships, breaking in the individual races her own British records with results which still stand. Aged 24, she was the first Briton to win three medals at a World Championships. At the relay event, she earned medals from the 2016 Rio Olympics and 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and also from the 2013 and 2017 World Championships.

Asher-Smith won the 2013 European Junior 200m title, 2014 World Junior 100m title, and in July 2015, she became the first British woman to legally run under 11 seconds for the 100 m. She then broke Kathy Cook's 31-year-old British 200 m record when finishing 5th at the 2015 World Championships, and in this distance, she placed 5th at the 2016 Olympics and 4th at the 2017 World Championships. Asher-Smith is also a four-time European individual champion, and one-time 100 m Diamond League champion.

Early life and education

Asher-Smith was born i, Greater London. Her parents are Julie and Winston. She attended Perry Hall Primary School. From 2008 to 2014, she attended Newstead Wood School in Orpington. In August 2014, Asher-Smith's A-Level exam results of AAA allowed her entry into King's College London to study history. Upon receiving the results, she called it "the best morning" of her life. She graduated with a 2:1 BA in 2017. Asher-Smith is a cousin of ex footballer Garth Crooks, and got her first exposure to elite sport through the Garth Crooks Team of the Week for Gifted Children Foundation. She is a football fan and a supporter of Manchester United F.C.

Asher-Smith is ]] and is coached by John Blackie. In 2009, she ran the 300 metres in 39.16 sec to set the current World age 13 best. She has won the English Schools Championships 200m title as an Under 15 (2010), U17 (2011) and U20 (2013). She won the 2013 event in a time of 23.63 seconds into a strong headwind.

Junior competitions

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Asher-Smith (center) at the 2013 European Junior Championships

At the 2012 World Junior Championships, Asher-Smith finished 7th in the 200m final in a then personal best time of 23.50 seconds. She said afterwards that "I am elated to have made the final and achieve a PB in the process, and I'm looking ahead to next year in Italy."

In 2013, she earned two gold medals at the European Junior Championships in Rieti, winning the 200m in 23.29, before joining Yasmin Miller, Steffi Wilson and Desiree Henry to win the 4 × 100m relay and break the UK junior record. The British squad originally finished fourth in the final but were promoted to the bronze medal after the disqualification of the French team. Asher-Smith was shortlisted for the 2013 BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year.

At the 2014 World Junior Championships in Eugene, Asher-Smith won the 100 metres running 11.23 secs.

Professional athletics career

Asher-Smith was part of the winning Great Britain team for the 4 × 100 m relay at the London Grand Prix meet and was the youngest athlete selected for the Great Britain and Northern Ireland Squad for the 2013 World Championships in Moscow. Along with teammates Annabelle Lewis, Ashleigh Nelson and Hayley Jones, she won a bronze medal in the 4 × 100 m relay.

At the 2014 European Athletics Championships in Zurich, she qualified for the 200 m final but pulled up with a hamstring injury on the bend.

She took the silver medal at the 2015 European Athletics Indoor Championships for the 60 m. It was the first time in 30 years that a British female won a medal in the event. In doing so, Asher-Smith equalled Jeanette Kwakye's British record of 7.08 s and, being 19 years old, became the fastest ever teenager at 60 m. She first broke the British 100 metres record with 11.02 secs on 24 May 2015 in Hengelo, before becoming the first British woman to run a legal time under 11 seconds, with 10.99 secs on 25 July 2015 at the London Anniversary Games. She then finished fifth in the 2015 IAAF World Athletic Championships in Beijing with a time of 22.07, a new British record.

At the 2016 Summer Olympic in Rio, Asher-Smith finished fifth in the 200 metres, in 22.31 seconds, then won a bronze medal with her teammates Asha Philip, Desiree Henry and Daryll Neita in the 4 x 100 metres relay in a British record of 41.77 seconds.

On 17 February 2017, Asher-Smith broke her foot in a training accident, but still managed to secure fourth place in the women's 200m and a silver medal as part of the Great Britain 4 × 100 m relay later that year at the 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships in London.

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Asher-Smith at the 2019 World Championships in Doha

In 2018, she went to Australia early to train and get used to the conditions prior to the Commonwealth Games scheduled to take place in Gold Coast, Queensland in that country. She qualified for the final, and came away with a Commonwealth bronze medal with a time off 22.29 seconds. England ladies, including Asher-Smith, qualified for the 4x100 m relay final, where they won gold in a time of 42.46 seconds, beating one of the favorites, Jamaica. At the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Asher-Smith won both the 100m and 200m metres titles, improving her British records to 10.85 and 21.89 secs, becoming the first British woman in history to run below 22 seconds for 200 metres, and moving to 22nd on the 200 metres world all-time list (35th at 100m). She won a third gold medal in the 4 × 100 metres relay. Asher-Smith was named women's European Athlete of the Year for her success in October. She was later hailed by IAAF president Sebastian Coe as the next sprint sensation in athletics.

Asher-Smith won the silver medal in the 100 m at the 2019 World Championships in a new British record of 10.83 seconds, finishing second behind Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. She was the first female British sprinter to win, over 100m or 200m, an individual medal in the world championships since Kathy Cook in 1983. On 2 October, she became the World Champion in the 200m, setting a personal best and new British record of 21.88 seconds.

As of 5 July 2021, her best season times in her signature events were 10.91 s and 22.06 s, respectively.

Major competitive record

2018 European Athletics Championships Day 7 (47)
Asher-Smith (right) at the 2018 European Championships
2018 European Athletics Championships Day 7 (17)
Asher-Smith (center) with her gold medal at the 2018 European Championships

Personal bests

Event Time (sec) Notes Wind Venue Date
100 metres 10.83 NR +0.1 m/s Doha, Qatar 29 September 2019
200 metres 21.88 NR +0.9 m/s Doha, Qatar 2 October 2019
4 × 100 m relay 41.77 NR Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 19 August 2016
100 metres U23 10.99 NU23R +0.1 m/s London, United Kingdom 25 July 2015
100 metres U20 11.14 NU20R +1.5 m/s Mannheim, Germany 5 July 2014
200 metres U23 22.07 NU23R +0.2 m/s Beijing, China 28 August 2015
60 metres indoor U23 7.08 i NU23B Prague, Czech Republic 8 March 2015
200 metres indoor 23.15 i AU20R Sheffield, United Kingdom 2 March 2014

International competition

Year Competition Venue Position Event Time Notes
Representing  Great Britain /  England
2011 Commonwealth Youth Games Douglas, Isle of Man 1st 200 m 24.30
1st 4×100 m 46.19
2012 World Junior Championships Barcelona, Spain 7th 200 m 23.50
DNF 4×100 m Pass failed
2013 European Junior Championships Rieti, Italy 1st 200 m 23.29
1st 4×100 m 43.81 NJR
World Championships Moscow, Russia 3rd 4×100 m 42.87
2014 World Junior Championships Eugene, United States 1st 100 m 11.23
European Championships Zürich, Switzerland DNF 200 m Injury
2015 European Indoor Championships Prague, Czech Republic 2nd 60 m 7.08 NR
World Championships Beijing, China 5th 200 m 22.07 NR
4th 4×100 m 42.10 NR
2016 World Indoor Championships Portland, United States 6th (semis) 60 m 7.11 DNS
European Championships Amsterdam, Netherlands 1st 200 m 22.37
2nd 4×100 m 42.45
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 5th 200 m 22.31
3rd 4×100 m 41.77 NR
2017 World Championships London, United Kingdom 4th 200 m 22.22
2nd 4×100 m 42.12
2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Coast, Australia 3rd 200 m 22.29
1st 4×100 m 42.46
European Championships Berlin, Germany 1st 100 m 10.85 WL NR
1st 200 m 21.89 WL NR
1st 4×100 m 41.88 WL
Continental Cup Ostrava, Czech Republic 2nd 100 m 11.16
2nd 4×100 m 42.55
2019 World Championships Doha, Qatar 2nd 100 m 10.83 NR
1st 200 m 21.88 NR
2nd 4×100 m 41.85
2021 Olympic Games Tokyo, Japan 3rd 4×100 m 41.88

Circuit wins and titles

  • Diamond League champion (100 m): 2019
    • 2016 (1) (200 m): Stockholm Bauhaus-Galan
    • 2018 (1) (100 m): Stockholm Bauhaus-Galan
    • 2019 [3]; (1) (100 m): Brussels Memorial Van Damme; (2) (200 m): Doha Diamond League, Stockholm Bauhaus-Galan
    • 2021 [2]; (1) (100 m): Gateshead British Grand Prix; (1) (200 m): Rome Golden Gala in Florence (MR)

National titles

  • British Championships
    • 100 m: (4) 2015, 2018, 2019, 2021
    • 200 m: (1) 2016
  • British Indoor Championships
    • 60 m: (1) 2015
    • 200 m: (1) 2014
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