Dina Asher-Smith wins bronze in 200m world final

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Photo credit: Ben Stansall / Getty
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Dina Asher-Smith won a brilliant bronze in the 200m final at the World Athletics Championships.

After just missing the podium in the 100m earlier this week, the defending 200m world champion was delighted to have taken bronze, dedicating the medal to her late grandmother, who died earlier this year.

Shericka Jackson of Jamaica ran a spectacularly strong race to take gold, finishing in 21.45 – the second-fastest time ever recorded. Compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who won the 100m final earlier this week, took silver in 21.81, with Asher-Smith running 22.02 to complete the podium. It's the fastest Asher-Smith has run the distance this year – her best 200m time of 2022 was previously 22.27.

Although Asher-Smith won the event in Doha in 2019, this year's field was far stronger. 'The level of competition in this 200m, I believe [is] the best we've ever seen,' said Michael Johnson, who was commentating on the race.

Afterwards, Asher-Smith revealed to BBC Sport that the death of her grandmother has had a profound affect on her psychologically. 'She's really such a bedrock of my close family, and so for a long time athletics was way at the back of my mind. If I'm being honest, my brain has been everywhere.

'I was going from a place of, I'm just so profoundly sad, to trying to pick myself up to run.'

'I've worked so hard psychologically to get myself back to putting my mind and body in the same place and this is where is happens, and this is the result you get when you really look after your mind.'

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