Tokyo Olympics: Women’s 200m kick off WITHOUT Asher-Smith as Fraser-Pryce progresses

The show must go on! Women’s 200m heats kick off WITHOUT Dina Asher-Smith after Team GB star pulled out of the event with a hamstring injury as Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson-Herah begin toppling for the gold medal

The women’s 200m motos started on Monday without Dina Asher-Smith as a host of big names started their battle for gold while the world champion was out of the picture.

Asher-Smith, 25, emotionally announced that she was withdrawing from the sprint this weekend after failing to make the 100m final, with a hamstring problem affecting Team GB’s talent.

“It broke my heart because I’m a competitor. It’s the Olympics but there are plenty of other championships for me to come and kill,” she told BBC Sport.

The 200 meters for women started on Monday without Dina Asher-Smith in Tokyo

The 200 meters for women started on Monday without Dina Asher-Smith in Tokyo

A heartbroken Asher-Smith pulled out of her favorite event due to a hamstring injury

A heartbroken Asher-Smith pulled out of her favorite event due to a hamstring injury

A heartbroken Asher-Smith pulled out of her favorite event due to a hamstring injury

But the show had to go on and the likes of Team GB’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Beth Dobbin took to the track to begin their journey to Olympic gold.

Pryce, who finished on the podium after Saturday’s 100m final, advanced to the next round in a classy performance clocking in at 22.22 seconds.

Dobbin has yet to hit the track, where she will face 100m champion Elaine Thompson-Herah on Monday.

More to follow.

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