Dina Asher-Smith, Düsseldorf presser
This is column 2 on Düsseldorf. It is about Dina Asher-Smith taking 60m in Düsseldorf. Stuart Weir did this column on
The ISTAF Dűsseldorf Indoor Meeting.
Dina Asher Smith
Dina Asher-Smith followed up Friday’s equal PR – 7.08m, just 0.02 off the British record – with a 7.12 victory in the final in Düsseldorf after a 7.15 prelim victory.
Switzerland’s Ajla del Ponte finished second this time as she improved her PR to 7.16. Two Germans, Jennifer Montag and Rebekka Haase ran 7.24 for third and fourth. Dez Bryant, the only American in the race was fifth in 7.28.
Asher-Smith commented afterwards: “It was good, it was OK. I am happy to be back running again. It has been quite a long time since my last race, in 2019. I am looking forward to the next ones.
“I was very surprised how well I started the day before yesterday, in Karlsruhe. That was a shock because I knew I was in good shape but sometimes you take a bit of time to get warmed up. I was very happy to come out and run a 7.08 and I was happy to do some good performances here as well.”
On her own Twitter account, she added: I took the win in Dűsseldorf. Pleased to have put together some strong performances over the past few days and end the racing drought! Now for a few days’ work and then onto Lievin. Thank you for all the support, seeing your tweets and picks made me smile. Loving being back.”
John Mulkeen, (World Athletics) noted that this was Dina’s 21st sub 7:15 race over 60m. Not a bad number for someone who doesn’t race much indoors. Asha Philip has 17.
Number of ≤ 7.15 performances by British women over 60m:
Four of Asher-Smith’s ≤ 7.15 runs have been achieved in the past three days.
— Jon Mulkeen (@Statman_Jon) January 31, 2021