World champion Dina Asher-Smith sets the Olympic marker with a comfortable 200m victory in the first outdoor race of the season in Italy
- The world champion dominated the low-key meet in Savona on Thursday
- She passed in 22.56 seconds, well ahead of British teammate Beth Dobbin
- Asher-Smith had raced little since the 2019 World Championships in Doha
Dina Asher-Smith stepped up her Olympic preparations with a comfortable 200m win in her first competitive outdoor race since 2019 in Italy on Thursday evening.
The world champion dominated the low-key meet in Savona, cruising in 22.56sec, well ahead of British teammate Beth Dobbin, who finished second in 23.06sec.
With the exception of four club runs at her home track in Bromley in 2020 and two indoor games earlier this year, Asher-Smith had not run since the 2019 World Championships in Doha.
Asher-Smith flew to victory in her first outdoor race of the season on Thursday
She easily took the lead within 20 yards of the Italian coast and smoothly passed the corner as she pulled away to an uncomplicated victory.
The Briton faces a much tougher challenge in her next outing as she takes on Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Elaine Thompson Herah and Sha’Carri Richardson in a world-class 100m field at the Gateshead Diamond League meeting on May 23. .
This provides important clues about her condition and form during the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Andrew Pozzi won the 110m hurdles in 13.42sec.