Following her Olympics nightmare, Dina Asher-Smith looked close back to her best with a blistering run to take second in the Diamond League 100m final this evening
Dina Asher-Smith looked like her old self as she finished second in the Diamond League 100m final in Zurich behind Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah this evening.
Asher-Smith, who was one of GB’s biggest medal hopes this summer, endured a nightmare time in Tokyo as as an untimely hamstring injury shattered her Olympic dreams.
But she is now looking to put that agony firmly behind her, and went some way to doing that with her performance in Zurich – finishing in a time of 10.87 seconds in the 100m final.
Asher-Smith’s time was her third quickest ever in the 100m but it wasn’t enough to beat Olympic gold medallist Thompson-Herah.
Jamaican Thompson-Herah, who won 100m, 200m and sprint relay golds in Japan, was a clear winner with a meeting record of 10.65secs to claim her first Diamond League title since 2017.
A little over an hour later, Asher-Smith followed up her 100m performance with a third-placed finish in the 200m event.
While she will still be troubled by her Olympics anti-climax, Asher-Smith knows that her performance in Zurich was a good momentum builder ahead of the world championships next summer.
And after bouncing back, the 25-year-old sprinter revealed her delight as she goes in search of rediscovering her “positive mindset” again following the Olympics.
Asher-Smith said: “It’s a really, really good day. I knew that I would be back in, not quite normal, but as close to normal as I’m going to get this year. I was so happy with my 100m. I was looking to go sub-11 and put together a good race – 10.87 is great.
“It wasn’t necessarily about times, it’s more about looking forward and setting a positive mindset and positive step for next year. Obviously, the Olympics didn’t go the way I wanted but it’s done now.
“I want to go into next year without any of that on my shoulders, and just push forwards to make the next three years incredible. After the few months I’ve had, I’m so happy, I’m definitely taking that.”
Meanwhile, her compatriot Daryll Neita finished fourth in a time of 10.93secs, crossing the line just behind Swiss sprinter Ajla Del Ponte.
And finally, Britain’s Olympic silver medallist Keely Hodgkinson won the women’s 800m title.
Hodgkinson crossed in 1:57.98 – more than two seconds down on the national record which secured second spot in Japan early last month – to claim a maiden Diamond League trophy.