Dina Asher-Smith has officially become the first British woman to win an individual World Championships sprint medal in 36 years as she claimed silver in the 100m final as Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce took gold.
Asher-Smith who set a 10.83 British record makes it her first 100m global medal outdoors with the 200m in sight where she is a strong contender for gold
Jamaica’s Fraser-Pryce, 32, powered to 10.71 seconds in Doha for her eighth world title, Asher Smith coming next and Ivory Coast’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou taking bronze in 10.90.
“I have worked so hard for these championships, I am really pleased to come away with a personal best and national record and hopefully I’ll go on to do even bigger things,” Asher-Smith said.
British athletics has waited a long time for someone to emulate the achievement of Kathy Cook, who won 200m bronze in the inaugural World Athletics Championships, back in 1983 in Helsinki years before Asher-Smith’s emergence.
The Kent-born athlete was a double European junior gold medallist in 2013, before taking the world junior 100m title the following year. She grew in stature when she became the first British women to dip under 11 seconds in 2015 before winning the European 100m title in 2016.
Asher-Smith is now aiming to win a further two medals – in the 200m and 4x100m relay.