Dina Asher-Smith became the latest high-profile sprinter to qualify for the women’s 100m at the Tokyo Olympics.
- Fraser-Pryce runs 10.71 to win 100m at Jamaica Olympic Trials
- Shericka Jackson sizzles to 10.77 in 100m semi-final at Jamaica Olympic Trials
- Thompson-Herah: “My expectations were not high coming into the trials.”
- Jamaica Olympic Trials – Day 3 Order of Events
Asher-Smith’s official winning time was 10.96 at Saturday’s (26 June) British Olympic trials. Initially, Asher-Smith was timed in a new British record of 10.71 seconds. The world 200m champion was excited with the time, which saw her jumping for joy and being congratulated, only for the official to revise it to 10.97.
“It’s okay. I feel like I can (run that time),” Asher-Smith said.
She continued: “If i’m being honest, it did not feel like one of those runs (10.7), so I was surprised.”
She, however, said she is “disappointed because the clock was clearly, incredibly out, but im sure it’s in there, and I am happy to have won today.”
Asha Philip finished second in 11.16.
Asher-Smith now joined other high-profiled sprinters from Jamaica, the USA and Nigeria.
On Friday night, at the Jamaica Olympic Trials, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Olympic champion from Beijing 2008 and London 2012, won in 10.71. Fraser-Pryce is the world leader with 10.63 and Doha 2019 world champion.
Elaine Thompson-Herah, who is the defending sprint double champion, qualified in 10.84.
Shericka Jackson, who booked her ticket in the final with a personal best of 10.77, returned with 10.82 for a place at Toyko Olympics. Jackson won bronze in the 400m at the last Olympic Games.
Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare also 10.63 seconds, but this was wind-assisted.
American rising star Sha’Carri Richardson, a contender for title honours in Toyko, has a season-best of 10.72. She won the US Olympic Trials in 10.86.
CJ Ujah won the men’s 100m in 10.05 seconds. Zharnel Hughes, the fastest from the semi-finals, was disqualified for a false start.
Holly Bradshaw broke the British pole vault record, clearing 4.90m.