Dina Asher-Smith was left frustrated after finishing second to Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in the 100m at London’s Anniversary Games, but says she is on course to peak for next month’s British trials after breaking the eleven-second barrier twice in the space of two hours.
The fastest woman in the world over both 100m and 200m last season, Asher-Smith is expected to be one of Britain’s leading hopes at the World Championships in Doha this autumn, selection for which will be confirmed at the British Championships at the end of August.
As her preparation continues, Asher-Smith had suggested she may have to run close to her British record of 10:85 to conquer a world-class field in Sunday’s Diamond League contest at the London Stadium.
Having already run 10:91 to win her heat earlier in the day, the 23-year-old produced a 10:92 clocking in the Games’ final race, but was ultimately well-beaten by Fraser-Pryce, who romped home in 10.78.
“I am in really good shape,” Asher-Smith said. “I wanted to go 10.8 today, so seeing that time in the final was a bit frustrating.
“But I really can’t be disappointed with two 10.9s, and I’ll definitely look to push faster times as the season progresses.
“I think there are a few things I need to work on ahead of Doha but really it’s just about peaking. We have trials in August, so I’m looking forward to getting out of hard training and reaching my peak for then.”
Meanwhile, Dutch star Sifan Hassan admitted she was feeling ‘physically and emotionally’ drained as she followed up last weekend’s mile world record with a disappointing third place in the 5000m.
Hassan broke Svetlana Masterkova’s 23-year-old mark with a brilliant run of 4:12:56 at the Monaco Diamond League, and there was talk that she might target another record here in one of the distances that she intends to race at the World Championships in Doha.
The early pace meant that never looked likely, and after hitting the front with three-and-a-half laps to go, Hassan was passed by Kenya’s Hellen Obiri going down the back straight for the final time and never recovered.
“I went out fast but I’m still very tired from the mile in Monaco last week, both physically and emotionally,” the 26-year-old said, though her run of 14:22:12 was still a slight improvement on her own European record.
“There’s a very strong level of competition today, the field was a high standard. Normally it might be slow at the beginning and then pick up, but it was fast today.
“I now need to work on my endurance and also getting good rest in so I can be prepared for Doha. I have time to prepare now.”