World Athletics Championships 2019: Dina Asher-Smith leads British medal hopes in Doha

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Dina Asher-Smith is currently hoping to create history as she directs Britain’s hopes of winning medals.
No woman has won a world sprint title – in 1983 Kathy Cook aided the 4x100m relay team finish second behind East Germany and won 200m bronze.
Asher-Smith, 23, won the 100m Diamond League name of this year and extends with hopes of winning three medals to Doha.
„It’s refreshing we’re predicted to do something,“ she told BBC Sport.
Heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson and asher-Smith, 1500m runner Laura Muir would be the trio tipped to win medals, while Great Britain are expected to win medals in the loops.
Britain won six awards, with Mo Farah claiming the sole individual medals with gold in the 10,000 m and silver in the 5,000 m, while the men of Britain won the 4x100m relay and finished third in the 4x400m relay. The women’s 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams have been second in their events.
Kent-born Asher-Smith is aiming by three – in the relay – although no British girl has won individual world medals in two different events.
She came agonisingly close to breaking up her world decoration duck a couple of decades ago when she missed out to 200m bronze by 0.07 seconds.
Since the Blackheath & Bromley Harrier has achieved her first major sprint double at the European Championships of the past year and followed it up this season with good displays from the Diamond League.
Her 10.88secs and 22.08secs places her fourth on the lists of fastest times in the 100m and 200m this year, and she’s conquered many of her rivals including dual Olympic winner Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.
The Briton got the greater of the Jamaican in Brussels, however, added that people should not read too much into these outcomes.
„I have raced these women at several phases in the entire year,“ she explained. „It may be that I am facing them, but they’re in a significant period of training. Or I might be behind, but I have been loading my legs and they’ve been peaking for that race.“
She added:“Racing the top girls has been really good mentally.
„Whenever I’ve gone into a race this year I have needed to bring my’A‘ game and that will stand me in good stead going into the World Championships.“
You can observe her races on BBC TV and the BBC Sport website, with coverage on BBC Radio 5 Live:
Women’s 100m heats: 14:30 BST, Saturday, 28 September
Semi-finals: 19:20 BST, Sunday, 29 September
Closing: 21:20 BST, Sunday
Women’s 200m heats: 15:05 BST, Monday, 30 September
Semi-finals: 1 October, 19:35 BST, Tuesday
Final: 20:35 BST, Wednesday
Scotland’s European champion Muir is yet another significant medal contender, though there are doubts within her race fitness having not competed since July because of a calf problem. She had finishes in all five of those Diamond League races, prior to picking up the injury.
„An accident is never good, but I have to put matters into perspective,“ she told BBC Sport. „Had it been last year I would have missed winning at the Europeans and the Diamond League. After all I am lucky these studs are very late.“
The 26-year-old, who has been in South Africa, also said she had been unperturbed by her absence of rushing for three weeks heading into the competition.
„I’m fortunate, with my coaching, I could race directly from the bat. I have got the heats and semi-finals to find out exactly what the racing is like before the final,“ Muir added.
By accepting the Diamond League title in 2016 having first made a significant impact, Muir finished fourth at the event in London 2017. She began this year by winning European Indoor gold, and gained her first leading name a year later with European gold in Berlin.
Hopes of Muir winning a planet outside decoration have been further increased from the withdrawal of Ethiopia’s world record holder Genzebe Dibaba, while Olympic winner Faith Kipyegon has just lately returned from getting her first child and there’s doubt whether Dutch mile-record holder Sifan Hassan will compete.
„It’s a World Championships and will always be really rough,“ said Muir. „When you operate well year after year the pressure gets higher, but I’ve revealed in Championships I can cope with it very well.“
Women’s 1500m heats: 15:35 BST, Wednesday
Semi-finals: 21:00 BST, Thursday
Final: 18:55 BST, Saturday, 5 October
Johnson-Thompson, on the world platform, is currently seeking her first major outside medal like her team-mates. After finishing fifth at the 2013 World Championships, Even the 26-year-old Liverpool-born athlete was expected to emulate the accomplishments of compatriot and former world and Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill, but that promise has yet to be fulfilled.
Commonwealth champion and the World Indoor pentathlon winner faces the difficult evaluation of overcoming the world and Olympic champion Nafissatou Thiam, who beat her in 2018 into the title of Belgium.
„She is a phenomenal athlete and was getting better and better,“ Johnson-Thomson told BBC Sport. „However, I’ve always thought I have to focus on myself. If I do my best I will acquire.“
She added, jokingly:“If I do my absolute best there still a possibility I could come second.“
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