Tokyo Olympics: Dina Asher-Smith advances to 100m semifinals after second place in heat

Dina Asher-Smith advances to Saturday’s 100m semifinals after finishing second behind Team USA’s Teahna Daniels in the first heat to keep her hopes of a double gold medal in Tokyo alive

  • Dina Asher-Smith is through to the semifinals of the women’s 100 meters in Tokyo
  • Team GB star finished second behind Teahna Daniels of the USA by 11.07 seconds
  • It was her first defeat of the year, but kept her hopes of double medals alive

Dina Asher-Smith’s quest for a double Olympic medal is well on track as she kicked off her campaign by finishing second in the first heat of the 100m on Friday.

Team GB’s flag bearer clocked in at 11.07 seconds, coming just behind US American Teahna Daniels, who recorded a time of 11.04 seconds as both athletes reached Saturday’s semifinals.

Asher-Smith, who leads Britain’s hopes of glory in Tokyo, had no trouble getting through the heat, despite failing to top the standings in what was her first loss of the year.

The athlete allayed fears she would not win the heat and insisted she has “another level” to offer for the semi-finals.

“I do have a different level – of course I have, it’s Olympics,” she said.

“To be honest, today was all about getting through safely to the next round and at the same time knowing I have another level to give tomorrow, so I’m really happy.”

More to follow.

Dina Asher-Smith advances to the 100m semi-finals after finishing second in the first heat

The Team GB star came just behind American Teahna Daniels in her first loss of the year

The Team GB star came just behind American Teahna Daniels in her first loss of the year

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