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Dina Asher-Smith wins 200m gold, breaks record

Dina Asher-Smith stormed to victory in the 200m final at the World Championships and became the first British woman to win a major global sprint title.

The 23-year-old, who was the outstanding favourite, outclassed the field to take gold in a British record of 21.88 seconds.

“I’m lost for words. I dreamed of this and now it’s real, I don’t think it’s properly sunk in.” she said.

Asher-Smith who is also the first Briton to win a world or Olympic sprint title since Linford Christie at Stuttgart 1993 earlier won silver in the 100m final.

The race itself was a formality. Asher-Smith came off the bend with her nose in front before powering away from the rest of the pack in the final 60m.

Like on the celebration lap following the women’s 100m final Asher-Smith enjoyed her victory with a large British contingent. There were also tears as she embraced her mother Julie.

Before the final showpiece, former 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce withdrew followed by the Jamaican and Olympic champion Elaine Thompson. And before the championships Bahamas’ Shaunae Miller-Uibo, unbeaten in the 200m this season, opted only to run in the 400m because of the tight scheduling.

With Brittany Brown taking silver (22.22) and Swiss Mujinga Kambundji, bronze (22.51), Asher-Smith got the better of her other rivals during the Diamond League season. The lack of competition simply made the task easier for the Kent athlete.

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